Could the American people declare an armistice in 2022?

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Terms for an armistice

The legislative package supported by the American Union offers a better social contract for the 21st century, one that ends poverty with universal basic income, ends mass incarceration with major criminal justice reform, and ends the endless wars by bringing our troops home. To deescalate tensions around guns and abortions, it establishes a 10-year truce on these issues.

Incentives for each side

Each side gets something for coming to the table. Gun control activists would get universal background checks, which the NRA opposes. H.R. 8, which was passed by the House in 2019, is included in the legislative package.

Compromises for each side

Pro-gun activists are wary of the threat of new gun restrictions, such as proposals for banning “assault rifles” like H.R. 1808. To address this, the legislative package restricts the consideration of “any bill, joint resolution, amendment, motion, or conference report” that would “prohibit the manufacture, sale, or possession of a firearm.”

A 10-year sunset

Congress would be restricted from considering any repeals or amendments to this four-part legislative truce. This constraint would automatically be repealed 10 years after enactment, but in the meantime, violation of the law would be a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by between five and thirty days imprisonment. If Congress breaks the truce, they can take their vacations in a local jail.

Addressing root causes

It’s worth asking what motivates those who seek to ban guns or abortions. For many on both sides, there is a common answer — preventing needless deaths. A Rasmussen survey last August found that 93% of Americans believed it is important for our leaders to focus on things that bring people together, and the legislative package supported by the American Union will advance that goal by addressing this shared desire to protect life.

Reducing abortions

Despite the fact that America’s population has grown by more than 30% since Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973, the total number of abortions is down to a record low. This is a good thing, and begs the question, how low can we go? With a public option for health insurance, women will have access to better healthcare, including long-acting and reversible contraceptives like IUDs, reducing the number of unwanted pregnancies.

Reducing gun deaths

Annual gun deaths in America, on the other hand, have increased in the 21st century along with the population. The legislative package addresses the drivers in several ways. First, the majority of gun deaths are suicides, whose common causes include financial problems, drug abuse, depression, and difficulties with relationships. Poverty can exacerbate all of those conditions. By establishing a firm economic floor with UBI, we will improve America’s overall mental health and reduce suicide.

Who wants to end the fighting?

We still remember the historic agreement to stop “the war to end all wars” on November 11, 1918. Will future generations look back at 2022 as the year Americans embraced their constitutional duty to “insure domestic tranquility” and agreed to an armistice on guns and abortion in order to end poverty, end mass incarceration, and end the endless wars? Learn how to be part of the solution at AnAmericanUnion.com.

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