From Nonprofit Quarterly’s Rick Cohen, comes this missive: “Gun Control Stalls: Assault Rifles and Us”
It is so strange that the American movement for gun control has flickered and come close to disappearing despite the ubiquity of gun violence in the U.S. and its resurgence in Western Europe. In liberal Vermont, for example, a bill to require universal background checks seems destined for defeat in the state legislature, admitted Ann Braden, co-founder of Gun Sense Vermont. Even legislation introduced by California Senator Dianne Feinstein at the federal level that would deny people on the federal terrorist watch list access to assault weapons faces difficulties and attracted only Democratic cosponsors in the Senate (although in the House, a similar bill was introduced by Republican Representative Peter King, who agrees with Feinstein that denying people on terrorist watch lists access to flights but allowing them to purchase assault weapons makes no sense).
Yes, so strange. It’s almost like the gun control movement is almost entirely astroturf and has taken quite a shellacking in the last year. Why on earth would politicians show little interest in gun control after voters have expressed their displeasure with its supporters? It is a mystery.
Still, I’m sure Cohen isn’t completely clueless…
The pro-gun lobby is feeling its oats, promoting “campus carry” bills around the country that would permit guns on college campuses, which gun advocates like the NRA say could be used to prevent sexual assault. Everytown for Gun Safety, a group founded by former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, denounced state legislators in 10 states for promoting campus carry legislation. Supporters’ contentions that guns on campus would deter sexual assault do not differ much from arguments that making guns more widely available would help Americans stand up against jihadist threats. Do gun proponents really imagine shoppers in the Mall of America engaged in pitched gun battles with terrorists? These anti-regulation justifications trotted out by gun supporters are no more than rank opportunism, preying on the fears of women on campus and of most Americans about terrorists hidden among us.
Oh. Not bad, a 2 for 1 strawman involving campus carry and the recently publicized jihadist threat against the Mall of America. First, let’s deal with the obvious: CCW holders aren’t worried about jihadists. They are worried about someone attacking them as they travel too and from their homes. The recognize that criminals don’t care about “No Gun Zones” around campuses or malls.
As for the claims about rank opportunism, let me give Mr Cohen a hearty “FOAD” – the hypocrisy of some antigun schmuck screaming about opportunism after writing this post Newtown article and this post-Aurora one is more than enough to throw him off his moral high horse.
Imagine if the three young Muslims who were murdered in North Carolina, ostensibly due to a fight over a parking space, hadn’t had to deal with a Craig Hicks loaded to the gills with assault rifles. He’d be no less demented, but lacking the ability to pump bullets into their skulls, Hicks might have had to actually talk to them rather than executing them point blank.
Or he could have stabbed all three to death, like Elliot Rogers did. Or burned their house to the ground.
He sums up with this:
The fault, as it were, isn’t the responsibility of the gun control advocates who are fighting mightily against the power of the NRA and other like-minded organizations. This one lies at the feet of the broad mass of nonprofits. After the tragedy at Sandy Hook, when the president assigned vice president Joe Biden to lead a national task force on gun violence, that was the moment for the nonprofit sector writ large to come to grips with the nonsensical system in the U.S. that allows assault rifles to be widely available, guns to be purchased with limited or no background checks in many cases, and sales of silencers and sawed-off shotguns. It was a moment for all nonprofits to see gun control as an issue of public health, of social welfare, and of community well-being. For any number of unpersuasive reasons, including but not limited to the White House’s own inability to marshal its resources and reject pressures from red-state Democrats not to pursue the issue, it didn’t happen. Hopefully, the nonprofit sector will take on gun control someday as a public health issue that affects all of us.—Rick Cohen
Close, Rick, but no cigar. The fault is that you and yours are out of touch and suffering heavily from confirmation bias. Nothing will convince you that the folly of gun control won’t work. You just surround yourself with the comforting blanket of junk science, and clutch desperately at your tiger repelling rock and ignore that the real world doesn’t agree with your interpretations.
BTW, your ignorance is showing. Silencers & “sawed off” shotguns are heavily restricted under the National Firearms Act of 1934 – they are the opposite of easy to purchase as they require fingerprinting, background checks, and a BATFE issued tax stamp to purchase. Either you let out a Freudian slip in your desire to have them even more restricted, or you are yet another in a legion of uninformed “journalists”.
Gun control didn’t stop Charlie Hebdo. Gun control hasn’t helped Venezuela & Mexico & Brazil. And your hatred of Campus Carry is entirely misplaced as concealed carriers are more law abiding than the general population.
In closing, pick another subject to wax poetic on, Ricky.