U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- “Gun safety groups concerned about the increase of unintentional child shootings during stay-at-home order,” a Saturday Arizona Republic opinion piece masked as news ominously warns. “[A]ctivists question whether gun owners are following safety guidelines and properly storing their guns to eliminate the risk of children finding them and accidentally injuring themselves or someone else.”
Of course they do. Because they’re not really “gun safety groups,” they’re gun-grab groups. And because it’s another talking point they’re signaling the useful idiots to parrot.
They learned long ago that announcing their true intentions impedes manipulation of the uninformed, and that nothing works better on the cud-chewers than “For the children.” Keeping children ignorant actually puts them in more danger, but that won't be acknowledged because safety isn’t what power-hungry frauds pulling useful idiot strings to bring about a “monopoly of violence” are really after.
COVID-19 realities have caused many Americans to reconsider their position on gun ownership, and it upsets them seeing their agenda set back. So the gun-grabbers are doubling down on what they do best—stoking fear with misdirection. And naturally, a paper that is “part of the USA Today Network,” that is, a Gannett Publication, is happy to help.
That’s the same outfit that violated its own ethics policies by outing and thus endangering gun owners in New York some years back (and then retained armed guards after experiencing an outraged backlash). It’s the same outfit that allowed columnist Donald Kaul, in its Des Moines holding, to advocate dragging the Republican leadership from the back of a truck and repealing the Second Amendment, along with these “commonsense gun safety” measures:
“Declare the NRA a terrorist organization and make membership illegal. Hey! We did it to the Communist Party, and the NRA has led to the deaths of more of us than American Commies ever did. (I would also raze the organization’s headquarters, clear the rubble and salt the earth, but that’s optional.) Make ownership of unlicensed assault rifles a felony. If some people refused to give up their guns, that ‘prying the guns from their cold, dead hands’ thing works for me.”
Gannett Publications is not interested in gun safety and employs no one qualified to offer lessons if it was to. Instead, it and other prominent members of the DSM (Duranty/Streicher Media) represent themselves as the voice of reason or concern. They demand potentially lethal “one size fits all” mandates that are enforceable by the “Only Ones” (who have storage problems of their own and who don’t credit the origin of that TAPS concept they present as original).
No one wants to see children killed by irresponsible and ignorant gun owner actions and negligence, but that needs to be put in perspective, as is done in the excellent Gun Facts resource. Note we don’t see many “mainstream” editorials demanding laws to ban automobiles, household chemicals, and swimming pools.
We also need to understand that it’s a calculated lie to equate risks for all households with risks from criminal households, where destructive behaviors and associations heighten dangers.
It is the much-maligned “gun community” that has been trying to work its way through prohibitive edicts to offer real safety training. For their part, gun-grabbers, wherever they have been able to get away with it, have declared ranges “non-essential” and forced them to close, precluding “hands-on” training and actually making things more dangerous.
It’s almost like they’re banking on self-fulfilling prophecies involving child deaths so that they can get more media coverage for “We told you so” gloating.
Here's a little “thought experiment” that hardly requires any thought at all. Imagine the outcome had the resident in this video followed gun-grabber “lock up your safety” advice:
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. He blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” is a regularly featured contributor to Firearms News, and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.