Amidst the various political theatre performances on display in the nations capital, the Democratic House unveiled another attempt at “Universal Background Checks” this week, on the anniversary of Representative Gifford’s assassination attempt.

The bill has several Republican cosponsors (surprised? I’m not), and Senate Democrats introduced their version as well.

The bill appears to completely prohibit all sales of firearms except through an FFL.

Ignoring the fact that such rules would not have stopped Gifford’s would be assassin (or frankly most of the events that have made news in recent years), any constitutional issues, and the irony of Democratic politicians “data driven” approach to all problems except violence that includes firearms, this section jumped out at me:

10 ‘‘(D) a temporary transfer that is necessary to

11 prevent imminent death or great bodily harm, if the

12 possession by the transferee lasts only as long as im

13 mediately necessary to prevent the imminent death

14 or great bodily harm;

The United States Senate, or at least some Senators, are explicitly recognizing that a firearm might be necessary to prevent “imminent death or great bodily harm.”

That’s fascinating.