Georgia gun store owner just elected to Congress takes aim at both IRS and firearm laws

GEORGIA- 57-year-old Rep.-elect Andrew Clyde is getting set to take office on January 3rd, and he already has plans to take on two huge platforms, gun control and the IRS. 

Clyde, who lives in Athens Georgia, and owns Clyde Armory is taking office with the unique distinction of already having a federal law named after him.

Clyde began fighting back against the IRS, when they suddenly seized nearly one-million dollars from his bank account in 2013. They then offered to give him $600,000 of his own money back, if he would be willing to forfeit the rest. Clyde knew this was extortion and took the IRS to court, winning his civil asset forfeiture case. 

Things did not stop there however, as he was also able to get Congress to pass a law last year that would prevent the IRS from doing this to anyone else.

Clyde told Fox News in an interview:

“That entire ordeal really showed me that one person who is persistent and tenacious and just doesn’t give up can actually make a difference,” 

Clyde is a Navy combat veteran who served three combat tours in Iraq and Kuwait, and is also a huge gun rights advocate. Clyde has said he never had any intentions to fun for Congress, but his experience showed him there’s a fine line, and the government is reaching way over it. 

In the 9th District, he beat eight Republicans – including seasoned politicians – in the primary to succeed Republican Rep. Doug Collins, who ran unsuccessfully for the Senate. Clyde, a political novice, won in the red northeast Georgia district because his story of standing up to government overreach struck a chord, Fox News reported.

Clyde said:

“It was this battle with the Internal Revenue Service that resonated with the people in the district, and they saw me as a fighter, and I am,”

He went on to say:

“I’m a fighter. And our campaign was ‘fight and win.’”

During a time when politicians are tiptoeing around all hot topic issues considering the current state of the country, Clyde ran as a pro-President Trump, pro-life, pro-border wall conservative who wants to dismantle the IRS and limit the power of the federal government.

In addition to his strong stance on dismantling the IRS, Clyde is also a avid supporter of the Second Amendment, and the belief that the government should not be able to control gun ownership. 

Given all of the school shootings and mass shootings around the country, Democrats, and some Republics support tightening background checks, however Clyde feels as though the current regulations are an overreach of government power as they stand now.

According to Fox News, he campaigned on the “complete elimination” of the background check system established by the 1993 Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act. The law requires FBI criminal history checks on individuals before gun purchases in an effort to prevent felons, domestic abusers, drug addicts and those adjudicated as mentally unfit from purchasing a gun.

The lockdowns associated with the pandemic just further confirmed Clyde’s belief that the federal system is broken. Clyde said that “had to turn away hundreds of customers” because the FBI background checks were backed up due to shutdowns. 

Generally if a buyer hasn’t gotten a determination on their background check after three days, the firearms dealer can sell the weapon anyway. However, according to Clyde, during the pandemic:

[The] government simply ignored that [three-day rule] completely,”

The problem with the background checks being backed up, was that they are only valid for 30 days, so when the results took more than a month to come back, they were already invalidate, forcing the perspective buyer to restart the process.

When speaking about the background check system, Clyde said:

“It is completely broken,” 

He went on to say:

“It puts the federal government between the Constitution and the individual in a way that denies the person their individual constitutional right. That’s not right.”

In terms of what Clyde thinks should replace the Brady system, he said there needs to be “more negotiation on that,” as he does understand the public’s desire to keep guns away from violent criminals.

Clyde said:

“You cannot have a law that eliminates a constitutional right with the intent of giving a little bit of perceived safety,” 

Clyde, a federally licensed firearms dealer, also wants taxes on guns and ammunition to be eliminated, calling the added cost an infringement on a constitutional right. That means repealing the taxes imposed under the Pittman-Robertson Act and the National Firearms Act, Fox News reported.

Clyde said:

“You can’t tax the right to vote. So how can you tax the right to keep and bear arms? You can’t,” 

He went on to say:

“If you can tax it, you can tax it out of existence. No constitutional right should ever be able to be taxed.”

Clyde now aims to fight just as hard on behalf of his Georgia constituents, so that they do not have to endure anything like what he went through. 

Clyde said:

“I’m very committed to … fighting for what’s right and winning for my district, and winning for this country against government overreach,” 

He continued:

“The primary focus is government overreach because I experienced it firsthand in a brutal way.”

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Joe Biden uses anniversary of Sandy Hook tragedy to spin his own gun control agenda

December 16, 2020

WILMINGTON, DE – And, so it begins. 

Less than 48 hours after the electoral college confirmed the mainstream media’s president elect, Joe Biden released a statement declaring gun violence a “national health crisis.” 

The press release came on the eighth anniversary of the December 14, 2012 attack on Sandy Hook Elementary. 

At the time of the shooting, Biden was Vice President. In his statement, he described the mass shooting as the “saddest day we had in the White House.” 

It reads: 

“I think about how that day eight years ago was the saddest day we had in the White House. Twenty first-graders. Their six educators. And I think about the time we have spent with each other grieving since then.

I remain in awe of you. I have heard from and watched as so many of you turned pain into purpose, working to change our laws and our culture around gun violence and how we protect and nurture our children.” 

From there, Biden launches into a more direct commentary on gun violence in general. He wrote: 

“Every year, more than 30,000 people die from gun violence across America — a statistic we would associate with war in a far-off place. Countless more are left with a lifetime of injuries and trauma.” 

Reiterated in a separate thread on Twitter, the statement continues on to say: 

“There have been plenty of thoughts and prayers in the years since, but we know that is not enough. Together, with millions of our fellow Americans, we will fight to end this scourge on our society and enact common-sense reforms that will save countless lives.” 

As Breitbart reports, Biden’s words are not entirely original. 

His claim that more than 30,000 people are killed by gun violence in the United States each year has been said before by both his running mate, Kamala Harris, and former presidential contender Hillary Clinton. 

According to the media outlet, Clinton made the claim in 2016 during her failed White House bit, and Harris repeated it in 2019 during her unsuccessful attempt to win the Democratic presidential nomination. 

While it has been a repeated statistic, it is not an accurate one. 

Breitbart reports that the number actually inflates deaths by gun violence by 66 percent because more than the 20,000 firearm related deaths in the country are suicides. Labeling them as “gun violence deaths” implies that they could all be homicides. 

Generally, calls for increase gun violence follow mass murders or shootings, not increasing rates of suicide. 

In 2017, Chicago Tribune editorial board member Steve Chapman penned an article highlighting how gun control is not the solution for the gun violence statistic. 

He wrote: 

“To lump suicides with homicides is to confuse the gun issue. The causes behind American murders explain very little about American suicides. Murder victims are disproportionately African-American. The suicide rate, by contrast, is three times higher among whites than blacks.” 

Chapman continues on to point out how gun control might drop the number of gun violence related deaths by dropping the number of suicides by shooting, but it would not successfully drop the number of suicides. Chapman says it would simply drive people to other methods. 

He wrote: 

“Critics of our permissive gun laws make much of the fact that Americans are unusually prone to use firearms to kill themselves. But it’s easy to find other methods.” 

His final point: gun control is not the solution. 

“In any case, the sort of gun control measures that are politically conceivable in the United States would be irrelevant. We could ban semi-automatic “assault weapons” or 15-round magazines, but neither is needed by those who want to shoot themselves. There are many ways to combat the scourge of suicide: facilitating mental health care, substance abuse treatment, employment and social support. Focusing on firearms is missing the point.” 

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