No One Wants to Take Our Guns!

By Jeff Knox

Gun Ban Lobby
Gun Ban Lobby
FirearmsCoalition.org
FirearmsCoalition.org

Buckeye, AZ –-(Ammoland.com)- If you follow the rights issue at all, you have undoubtedly seen claims from members of the anti-rights crowd insisting that “No one wants to take your guns!”

We’ve heard this for years – decades – as enemies of liberty have leveled a ceaseless barrage of attacks on our rights.

The drum-beat got particularly loud during Obama’s first presidential election, and has continued to gain volume and intensity since then.

Included in the meme is the idea that gun owners are paranoid, being misled by the “gun lobby,” usually misidentified as the NRA. The “gun lobby” is accused of irrational fearmongering, seeing threats where none exist, and fighting against “reasonable, common-sense, gun violence prevention efforts,” all for the sake of protecting the outrageous profits of the massive firearms industry.

I’ve recently read several pieces from very different sources all repeating the exact same talking-points, loudly proclaiming this “truth,” and berating “gun huggers,” “ammosexuals,” and good old-fashioned “gun nuts” for intransigence in the face of the prohibitionists’ self-declared non-threat. The language they use is much too similar to be coincidence. They are clearly working from the same playbook, but some can’t help allowing some actual truth to slip into their rants.

Standard Capacity Magazines Ban
Standard Capacity Magazines Ban

In recent pieces, several writers insistently repeated the mantra: “No one wants to take away your guns,” or “Obama isn’t trying to take your guns,” in bold-faced capital letters with plenty of underlining and exclamation points for emphasis, followed by some statement that all they want to do is “keep dangerous weapons away from dangerous people,” and ban “assault weapons,” automatic and semi-automatic firearms, “high-capacity magazines,” and other weapons most frequently used by mass murderers and criminals.

Like Bill Clinton’s famous distinction about honesty being dependent upon your personal definition of what “is” is, rights restrictors suggest that as long as they’re not calling for a ban on all of our guns, we’re just paranoid.

They see a vast distinction between wanting to take away ALL of our guns, and just wanting to take away the ones they are most afraid of at the moment, which also happen to be the most popular among U.S. gun owners.

With that in mind, let’s look at which guns, ammunition, and related products they have specifically advocated taking away or restricting in recent years. Their current list includes “assault weapons,” which they have a very difficult time defining, “high-capacity magazines,” which are also very flexibly defined, and .50 BMG “sniper rifles,” which they tell us are capable of shooting down airplanes.

Hollow Point Ammo Ban
Hollow Point Ammo Ban

In the recent past they have also attempted to ban handguns with plastic or polymer frames, handguns made of light-weight metals, handguns that are too small since they are “easily concealable,” and handguns that are large and “too powerful.” In fact, there have been numerous attempts to ban handguns completely. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence was originally formed as the National council to Control Handguns before changing its name to Handgun Control, Inc., before finally shifting to their current moniker. The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence changed their name from the National Coalition to Ban Handguns, not because they stopped wanting to ban handguns, but because they also wanted to ban “assault weapons” and other guns they say are too dangerous for the public to own.

They have already effectively banned full-auto firearms, rifles and shotguns that are too short, and handguns that are too long, imports of most military surplus firearms, and any gun that doesn’t really look like their idea of a mid-century hunting rifle. Laws have been passed in California and New Jersey respectively banning all semi-auto handguns that don’t include a mechanism for marking the expended case with the gun’s make, model, and serial number, and any handgun that isn’t able to automatically detect whether the person attempting to fire it is an “authorized user”. Neither of these technologies actually exists in a reliable, workable form.

We have seen proposals to ban shotguns with detachable magazines, ban telescopic rifle sights, ban long-range rifles, ban hard, solid bullets, ban soft, expanding bullets, ban laser sighting devices, and ban anything intended to make a gun less destructive to the shooter’s ears.

And they are actively trying to make it illegal for a hobbyist to make a gun in his own garage.

AR15 Gun Ban
AR15 Gun Ban

In short, they only want to ban any gun that is too big, too small, too powerful, too accurate, too long, too short, too loud, too quiet, or can fire too many rounds too quickly. And it is they who want to define what “too” is. They have tried to ban virtually every firearm ever made or conceived, and have mandated technology that doesn’t exist, is seriously flawed, or is outrageously expensive. They have also proposed exorbitant taxes, fees, and insurance requirements for purchases of firearms and ammunition, placing them out of reach of ordinary Americans.

So the truth is, no one wants to take our guns away. They only want to take away or severely restrict the guns they don’t like. But it turns out that those guns are the ones we own, and especially the ones we prefer. Once all of those are banned or tightly controlled we can expect them to begin pushing for prohibition on whatever might be left, just as they have in England and Australia.

No one wants to take away our guns. We’re just being paranoid.

About:
The Firearms Coalition is a loose-knit coalition of individual Second Amendment activists, clubs and civil rights organizations. Founded by Neal Knox in 1984, the organization provides support to grassroots activists in the form of education, analysis of current issues, and with a historical perspective of the gun rights movement. The Firearms Coalition is a project of Neal Knox Associates, Manassas, VA. Visit: www.FirearmsCoalition.org

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Monty Picini
Monty Picini
5 years ago

___123___No One Wants to Take Our Guns!___123___

Barrett Volcko
Barrett Volcko
5 years ago

Laws have been passed in California and New Jersey respectively banning all semi-auto handguns that don t include a mechanism for marking the expended case with the gun s make, model and serial number, and any handgun that isn t able to automatically detect whether the person attempting to fire it is an authorized user. Neither of these technologies actually exists in a reliable, workable form. So the truth is, no one wants to take our guns away. They only want to take away or severely restrict the guns they don t like. But it turns out that those guns… Read more »

Clark Kent
Clark Kent
5 years ago

Shan: How, specifically, does the National Guard ‘deny the people’s powers’? The people have rights, government has powers. And how, specifically, does creating the National Guard ‘justify disarming the people’? You are barking up the wrong tree…….

Shan
Shan
5 years ago

Every government entity seeks power. The U.S. Founding fathers bent over backwards to see that the U.S. Citizens were guaranteed rights and responsibilities under the law. The “powers that be” quickly began finding ways to deny the people’s powers. They have accomplished this through many ingenious ways, including creating the National Guard, and redefining the language, in order to justify disarming the people. It doesn’t matter how they parse it, firearms confiscation is their obvious goal. History clearly demonstrates it. Their only claim to fame is how many gun purchases were denied.

oldshooter
oldshooter
5 years ago

Keep in mind that the head of the DNC is unable to make any distinction between a “Democrat” and a “Socialist.” I’ll return to that in a moment. The difference between Communism and Socialism is basically in only 2 areas: 1) Communists believe there MUST be a violent revolution by the “Masses,” and, more appropriately for our purposes here, 2) Communism requires that the means of production actually be owned by the government, while Socialism merely requires that the government control and regulate the “USE” of the means of production. Thus, in the old Communist, USSR, the government not only… Read more »

Thom Paine
Thom Paine
5 years ago

I am waiting to see them on fire and fleeing for the nearest land border. And Mark my words that and worse is coming by their own actions. 🙂 Sleep well commie trash!

RJ
RJ
5 years ago

If they were honest, and all they wanted to do was take firearms away from criminals, all they need to do is enforce the existing gun laws. Stop the liberal judges/politicians and put the bad guys in prison. Mandatory jail terms for gun assisted crimes. No deals.

Bandit
Bandit
5 years ago
Reply to  RJ

Yeah the problem is they consider the gangs to be freedom fighters, just not for this country. Remember that the thugs only want what belongs to them which is the whole of the country. No they want to our guns away so bad they can taste it, we have a dictator in the house and it has already said that we do not have the right to own guns. He or it is making this more apparent everyday and in every way. The simple fact is they do want to take our guns from us that way they can finish… Read more »

El Bearsidente
El Bearsidente
5 years ago

Fact: “Assault weapons” are 100% legal in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. They require a permit, but outside of that are legal, with plenty of tactical attachments.
Fact: Germany, Austria and Switzerland combined have less homicides per year than Chicago.

Big Bill
Big Bill
5 years ago
Reply to  El Bearsidente

Just to be certain on my part, do you mean “assault weapons” or “assault rifles”?
I ask not because I think you’re dumb, but because the two are often used interchangeably, and confusion abounds.
An AR-15 is an “assault weapon” (or not, depending on several factors, mostly ‘how it looks’), while an M-16 is an “assault rifle.”