What Was Old Is New Again In Gun Control Proposals

CA Gun Banner Kamala Harris
Kamala Harris

Fayetteville, AR – -(AmmoLand.com)- Kamala Harris, U.S. senator from California and declared candidate for president in the 2020 race, has come out supporting universal background checks on the sales of firearms. This is unsurprising, given her statements on the subject, and as a district attorney, she participated in an amicus brief to say that the District of Columbia’s de facto ban on handguns was not a violation of the Second Amendment, as well as calling for further restrictions on the types of semiautomatic firearms that residents of her state could own legally.

Haven’t we been here before? Gun control suffers from an inability to come up with anything new, since the concept is nothing more than a desire to limit what the law-abiding may do.

Harris, as said above, is running for president, and she’s in a crowded field, creating what I assume to be the sense that she needs to stake out a position that appeals to the Democratic base.

The party, having taken control of the House of Representatives, is toying with the subject, holding a hearing advertised as the first about gun violence since 2011. The focus was mostly on the experience of gun violence victims, though Matt Gaetz, a Republican representative from Florida, introduced a non sequitur about the supposed threat of immigration and his perception of a wall as a solution. I’m glad to see that Joyce Lee Malcolm, Patrick Henry Professor of Constitutional Law and the Second Amendment at George Mason University School of Law, was invited to testify. Her book, Guns and Violence: The English Experience, should be read by any supporter of gun rights, given its look at the history of gun ownership and carry in England and the subsequent gun controls that curtailed rights without reducing rates of violence. Her testimony covered facts that readers here will be familiar with, namely the spread of shall-issue carry policies to many states, the lack of a duty on the part of the police to protect ordinary Americans, the usefulness of guns in self-defense, and the inability of background checks to stop criminals from obtaining firearms.

How much the members of the committee or the people in the audience listened is anyone’s guess, though the partisan divide has created selective hearing across the aisles, making some facts cherished friends while others are treated as abominations.

And this is a key challenge that we face over the next two years and into the next presidential term. I expect to see Democratic candidates fall over themselves to present the purest image of a control advocate, and I equally expect that nothing in it will have anything to do with actual safety. The call for universal background checks that Harris tweeted out is an example of feel-good proposals. Criminals get guns from stores that break the law, from people they know on the street, and from stealing, and background checks won’t change that.

You, dear readers, already know this. What we need to do is explain things to people who aren’t aware. The tribalism that I referred to above means that many won’t listen, but there are some who can be swayed by the facts—all the facts—and we only need to win over small numbers for now to keep the balance in favor of gun rights. Over time, of course, we need broader support, but that can be the summation of small gains year by year.

Greg Camp
Greg Camp

About Greg Camp

Greg Camp has taught English composition and literature since 1998 and is the author of six books, including a western, The Willing Spirit, and Each One, Teach One, with Ranjit Singh on gun politics in America. His books can be found on Amazon. He tweets @gregcampnc.

  • 19 thoughts on “What Was Old Is New Again In Gun Control Proposals

    1. Turn the tables; lets use the RED FLAG LAWS AGAINST THEM; They are all MENTALLY UNSTABLE, A THREAT TO THEMSELVES, and OTHER PEOPLE, isn’t this what the RED FLAG LAWS designed for that the Demo-Rats have been screaming for, lets turn the tables on them, it only takes a phone call according to them on us?????

    2. Also remember obummer and the FBI removed up to a million names from the prohibited lists to allow dangerous illegal and criminals to legally purchase and commit crimes with firearms to promote his lies

    3. ‘k.harris’ is not an African-American. Her mother was of India birth and her father was of Jamaica birth. They both immigrated to America. The birth of ‘k.h’ therefore makes her INELIGIBLE to be President of America due to the FACT she was not born as a NATURAL BORN CITIZEN. Children if IMMIGRANTS are NOT NATURAL BORN CITIZENS.

    4. What every politician seem to either forget or are just too stupid to understand is if all firearms are collected by the government they have created the worlds largest GUN BLACK MARKET. You can be assured everyone will own a weapon of some sort after the collection by the government. Back ground checks new to be enforced by all states. Buying between owners is a separate issue to deal with and have control over. ..may never happen. No matter what laws are on the books. America needs to LOCK AND LOAD and prepare for the worlds largest GUN BLACK MARKET.

    5. Typical public servant from the Bay Area. Delusional at best, willing to cheat, lie or generally screw the public to gain political stature. Wait, I’m describing all politicians, democrats in particular.

    6. What an inspiration for your girls when your political career is fostered by banging a married man to get political appointments. Her conduct at the Kavanaugh hearing equally shameful. Her record as California AG further brings to light someone who cares less about justice, and more about her self serving interest. “For example: When Harris was San Francisco’s district attorney in 2010, she was condemned by a judge for staying silent about a police laboratory technician who had been accused of stealing drugs and “intentionally sabotaging” her work. She could have and should have warned defense lawyers about this technician’s wrongdoings, but she chose not to — and even went so far as to contest the condemnation, claiming that the judge had done so only out of bias because her husband was a defense attorney. Harris eventually lost this argument, and more than 600 cases that had been handled by the technician were tossed out.”

        1. Actually, she would fit right in with the lot of them, before Trump came along. If you can believe what David Zublick has to say, Trump is going about his promise to drain the swamp, with the help of other White Hats. Go to your favorite search engine and type in “David Zublick-Prison Barges Sent to GITMO”. When you listen to what he has to say, and you get your head wrapped around it, you will understand why these traitorous criminals are so desperate to get Americans disarmed. Their traitorous treachery of attacking the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights, is just the tip of the iceberg of the crimes they have committed, and wish to continue committing. Don’t be the last to know.

        2. @ J Gibbons The latest is that she announced she likes pot and intends to see that it is made legal in all states because it makes you feel good. You can add that to your list of “not fit for the highest office in the land”.

    7. What better way to clarify wide-held misconceptions than with facts? These need to be broadly disseminated through mass media and to lawmakers at all levels. Clearly, the scare factor, not numbers, drives the anti-gun hysteria.

      Latest figures for deaths in the US annually caused by:

      Heart disease: 647,457 (poor diet, sedentary lifestyle)
      Cigarette smoking: 480,000
      Medical errors: 250,000
      Accidental injuries (various): 169,936
      Alcohol-related: 88,000
      Drug overdoses: 70,237
      Motor vehicle accidents: 40,000
      Murder with knives: 1,591
      Murder with hands, fists and feet: 696 
      Murder with blunt objects (clubs, hammers, etc.): 467
      Murder with all type rifles: 403 
      Murder with “assault-type” rifles: 84 (first half of 2018)

      Number of “assault-type” rifles in the US:  20-30 million

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