By David Codrea
USA – -(Ammoland.com)- “Since existing gun laws aren't strong enough to protect us, we created something that is,” Gabby and Mark Giffords' Americans for Responsible Solutions claims in a slick new video designed to sway the emotional and the uninformed.
Talk about apt group name initials. And talk about multiple false premises: That stumping for disarmament is either American, responsible or a solution, and that there are “gun laws strong enough to protect us.”
But the ARSheads opened this door. Now let's see them walk us through it. They make claims. Now require them to show their proofs.
In the absence of reason, they instead resort to slickly-produced (but nonetheless stupid) emotion-manipulating propaganda stunts. As usual. And non-sequiturs.
For instance, if their poster will stop a .44 magnum, why does their first drone talk about “high-powered rifles,” what does he mean by that, and how much mayhem and murder with those by 14-year-olds are we talking about, especially since:
“According to the FBI annual crime statistics, the number of murders committed annually with hammers and clubs far outnumbers the number of murders committed with a rifle.”
And that's all rifles. Limiting the initial round of bans to what the gun-grabbers call “assault rifles” narrows things down considerably further.
Thing 2 assures us there are no mental health records. ARS really ought to get their story straight with Bloomberg's The Trace, which says:
“Disqualifying mental health records form the second largest body of records held by NICS. Simply receiving a diagnosis of a severe mental illness like schizophrenia is not enough to put an individual in this category — a judge must legally declare a person mentally unfit to own a gun or involuntarily commit him or her to a mental institution.”
Pesky existing due process laws … which still, by the way, ought to provide the equivalent protections of a jury trial when you're talking about the state denying a fundamental right to a citizen. But to tyrannophiles, civil rights are obstacles blocking their agenda that must be gotten around or gone through.
Then there's the ignorant lawyer who somehow got his J.D. and passed the bar, and thinks rights are “given”…?
What's an outrage is how many of his peers (and judges) would agree.
“The people that legally can't have a firearm shouldn't have a firearm,” the next “spokesman” maintains.
True dat. Then again, anyone who can't be trusted with a gun can't be trusted without a custodian, because they really shouldn't have access to anything outside of a closely controlled environment. And what Mr. Clean here doesn't elaborate on is his grand plan for disarming dangerous gangs as opposed to just coming up with the data needed to compile a registration list of people like you and me.
What? He doesn't have one?
“I'll tell ya, I'm a gun owner and I know about guns, and that's a pretty strong statement you're making,” a grinning kapo assuming the role of obligatory “reasonable gun owner” concedes. “If I gotta fill out my paperwork to buy a gun, then everyone else should.”
Well, I don't know, pal — I guess that depends on where you are. In this case, you're standing in front of the Civic Opera House in Chicago. So what you're telling us is if we impose an end to private sales everywhere and adopt Chicago-style gun purchase requirements we can all look forward to the same results nationwide?
About David Codrea:
David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating / defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament.
In addition to being a field editor/columnist at GUNS Magazine and associate editor for Oath Keepers, he blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.