Re: ”Columbia Student Asks : Is Our Gun Problem: Militia Groups”, December 13, 2016
USA – -(Ammoland.com)- We do not have any information as to the purpose of Nick’s article, but it appears he is attempting to persuade gun owners, the “right wing” as he calls them in the article, to join with his side and support the regulations he enumerates in the article.
Nick is showing his anti-gun, anti-NRA (really anti-freedom) bias in many of his statements by using words that evoke strong emotions. Examples include, “There are those who vehemently oppose any sort of gun control, such as NRA leaders and right wing, anti-government militia groups.” “Vehemently?” “anti-government?”
Also this whole paragraph is one big opinion:
“Nevertheless, politicians have turned the issue into a staple partisan battle, and it shouldn’t be – it is an issue of national safety, with lives at stake: so many accidental shootings and mass killings could’ve been prevented with proper lock and key storage, and studies show that chances of school shootings are significantly lowered with mandatory background checks. There are those on the right that believe the progressive agenda is an absolute, blanket ban on all firearms, and yet, most progressives merely want extensive background checks and storage regulations.”
This paragraph is all emotional appeal with no facts or data. Please provide facts, data, etc., to support your assertions.
Also this one:
“Similarly, to the casual, moderate gun owner … it is clear that certain changes, like background checks, regulations on firearm storage, and regulations on high capacity magazines and automatic weapons are needed.”
Again, there is no attribution for his assertions. Both of the above paragraphs indicate that Nick’s opinion is that the only viable solution is government control. He uses “mandatory” and “regulations” repeatedly. He also shows his lack of knowledge and research when he states that “regulations on … automatic weapons are needed.” It is apparent that he knows nothing of the current regulations and restrictions on automatic weapons [which are many].
Here is more emotionally charged language:
“…we can look at the militia groups that fervently cling to radical interpretations of the Second Amendment.” Sounds rather similar to the statement candidate Obama made in 2008, “They get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.”
Here are a few questions for Nick, as he edits his article:
- How do you propose these safe storage and magazine regulations be enforced? (Especially without infringing on other rights related to reasonable search and seizure.)
- How is this an issue of “national safety?”
- How would these “regulations” have prevented the accidental shootings and mass killings?
- Do you know how many accidental shootings and mass killings there are each year in the US?
- Explain how the studies show that school shootings are significantly lowered with mandatory background checks.
- Explain how your proposed regulations would not affect gun owners. Explain how, with these regulations in place, how the militia groups would be able to complete their objectives?
Early in your article, you state, “There are those on the right that believe the progressive agenda is an absolute, blanket ban on all firearms, and yet, most progressives merely want extensive background checks and storage regulations.” How do you square that statement with the following quotes:
Senator Dianne Feinstein (D – CA) ~
“Banning guns addresses a fundamental right of all Americans to feel safe.” – Associated Press, 18 November, 1993.
“If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States for an outright ban, picking up every one of them; “Mr. and Mrs. America, turn ‘em all in,” I would have done it.” – 60 Minutes on CBS, 5 February, 1995.
Fmr. United States Attorney General Janet Reno ~
“The most effective means of fighting crime in the United States is to outlaw the possession of any type of firearm by the civilian populace.” – Written affidavit by Fred Diamond, 1984 B’nai B’rith meeting in Coral Gables, Florida
Then-Senator Joe Biden (D – DE) ~
“Banning guns is an idea whose time has come.” – Associated Press, 11 November, 1993