Remember when the common phrase was that “nobody is talking about banning guns” or that gun control was a political third rail?
Yeah about that. The HuffPo, which rarely (if ever) is moderate on the firearms issue, published an article titled “Needed: Domestic Disarmament, Not ‘Gun Control’”
Well at least they are being forthright about their intentions now, instead of beating about the bush.
Good progressive people may well respond that they must start with small, incremental measures, because the really big, effective ones do not have a prayer. But neither do the tiny ones, at least on the national level. The NRA will not yield an inch.
One needs no better evidence than to note that Congress just refused to ban people on the no-fly list, those strongly suspected of being terrorists, from buying guns legally in the U.S.! Moreover, the NRA is moving the needle in the opposite direction, getting more and more states to allow people to carry concealed weapons, in more and more places.
Most progressives seem unaware that whatever laws are finally enacted will have very little effect because the NRA and its allies in Congress have found powerful ways to prevent their enforcement. The Firearms Owners’ Protection Act of 1986 bans the ATF from inspecting gun dealers more than once in any 12-month period, even if violations are uncovered, and it reduces record-keeping violations from a felony to a misdemeanor offense, the result being that gun dealers are very rarely prosecuted.
There is nothing “good” or “progressive” denying people effective self defense and curtailing civil liberties in the name of security theater. Using a secret government watchlist in order to do so should be anathema to any actual “good progressive” that isn’t a complete shill.
It’s not just the HuffPo either. Besides the previously mentioned NYT’s front page editorial calling for an end to the gun “epidemic”, other people are bravely stepping forward to say that it’s time for us gun owners to give up our rights:
Samantha Paige Rosen opined:
As long as guns are in wide circulation, people who intend to harm will get hold of them.
Which explains why heroin, cocaine, meth and other drugs are completely eradicated from the country.
Daylin Leach writes that we should “Stand up to the NRA, pass commonsense gun-control” like “one gun a month” legislation, magazine capacity limits and more… ignoring that California has these exact laws in place and it did not stop the San Bernardino shooting.
He does have this correct though:
Guns have become the line in the sand. It doesn’t matter how reasonable or modest the restriction, there will be no compromise. Logic doesn’t matter. This is no longer a political issue. It is a theological issue.
He just doesn’t realize that he and his cohorts are the zealots who thump their gun control bibles while screaming that the heretical NRA must be burned at the stake. The Wall Street Journal also noted this in their article “The Liberal Theology of Gun Control”
Earlier this year I wondered if we were seeing the beginnings of a full court press on gun control. Looks like I was right.
Yesterday House Democrats tried to push gun control over a dozen times, using the terror “watchlist”. While trying to create a “gotcha” moment for the Republicans, this may backfire later when their attempts to eliminate due process are held against them in upcoming elections.