Toledo, Ohio Mayor’s ‘Cancel Culture’ Approach Fails Law Enforcement

By Larry Keane

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Toledo, Ohio Democratic Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz’s attempts to cancel licensed firearm retailers is back-firing on him. IMG iStock-163270563

U.S.A. -(AmmoLand.com)- Toledo, Ohio Democratic Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz’s attempts to cancel licensed firearm retailers who don’t accept his purity tests is backfiring on him, his city’s law enforcement, and his community.

Mayor Kapszukiewicz announced he was forcing his own version of gun control after 2018’s tragic murders at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. His action didn’t address criminal misuse of firearms. Instead, he sent a questionnaire to every firearm and ammunition dealer that supplied the Toledo police department, trying to influence and steer taxpayer-funded city contracts. Mayor Kapszukiewicz’s questionnaire was to “weed out bad suppliers,” and make sure the city was only buying from “responsible companies.” To little surprise, the leading phrasing of the questionnaire wasn’t taken seriously.

Cancel Culture Questions

The retailer questionnaire used gun control’s loaded language, including the misnomer “assault weapons.” If the wrong answers were given, the result for retailers could be lost contracts.

  • Do you manufacture assault weapons for civilian use?
  • Do you sell assault weapons for civilian use?
  • Which firearms does your company agree not to sell to civilians?
  • Do you require your dealers to conduct background checks?
  • Does your company have a plan in place to invest in gun and ammunition tracing technology?
  • Do you use, at a minimum, industry best practices for inventory control and transactions?

So-called “assault weapons” are semiautomatic rifles that use technology that’s more than a century old. Today, modern sporting rifles (MSRs) are among the most popular-selling centerfire rifle. Nearly 20 million MSRs are in circulation today.

Doug Vance, Vice President of Vance Outdoors scoffed at the loaded questions. “‘Assault weapons’ is not a specific term, but yes, the company sells to civilians,” he explained. “Obviously, most anyone that they’re (Toledo city government) going to deal with that sells firearms is either somebody who manufactures or sells, in some capacity, to someone that would have civilian status.”

The questionnaire showed the mayor’s willful ignorance of facts to achieve an agenda. All federal firearm dealers are required to perform and receive approval from the FBI after a background check for every firearm transfer. Firearms sold by FFLs already include serial numbers for tracking and ammunition tracing technology has proven to be unworkable.

Right Answers Only

The mayor already had the “right” answers in mind, threatening to cancel law enforcement contracts and placing citizens in further danger from violence. Retailers didn’t cave though, recognizing their critical importance to legally provide firearms to citizens lawfully exercising their rights. They knew they had the high ground. The mayor knew it too.

“We do have to purchase the weapons for our police department from companies that we don’t believe are responsible. We have no other choice,” Mayor Kapszukiewicz said. “While I might not say I’m not going to buy from you anymore, but I’m also not going to encourage anybody to buy from you anymore.’”

Cancel Culture Rejected

This election demonstrated America’s limits for government intrusion on gun rights. Billionaire and failed presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg, through his antigun groups Everytown for Gun Safety and Moms Demand Action, spent nearly $1.5 billion dollars to buy election results for the White House, Congress, and state legislatures. Tech companies and banking institutions have actively engaged in discriminatory practices aiming to shutter lawful firearm businesses.

Americans resoundingly rejected these candidates and their ideas. Even gun control groups removed mentions of gun control from their ads.

This year witnessed record-high firearm purchases, with 17.2  million background checks for a gun sale, including historic diversity among gun owners, with more women, African-American, Asian-American, and Hispanic buyers than ever before.

As for the impacts of Mayor Kapszukiewicz's antigun questionnaire shenanigans, the local Toledo news summed up the effect. “It’s difficult to measure the success of this directive because Toledo’s buying habits haven’t changed.” Politicizing the purchasing of law enforcement equipment has been tried before and it has always failed.


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donfranko
donfranko
8 days ago

If ammo producers just stopped selling ammo to these kind of marxists, they could make a difference. AND, sell the ammo to US, no loss of sales either.

Heed the Call-up
Heed the Call-up
11 days ago

As most FFLs abide by the law, the mayor will not find any supplier(s) for his police, which by the way, **are** civilians. So, even in selling to the police department, these same FFLs would be selling to civilians, or at least what is sold would be used by civilians. Every firearm dealer and manufacturer needs to tell all anti-rights government entities to go f- themselves. When they no longer can obtain firearms, parts, and ammunition, maybe these politicians will begin to understand that even *they* **need** firearms. But we already know they know that, as they have their armed… Read more »

MICHAEL J
MICHAEL J
11 days ago

I’m now questioning every leftist communist who goes against the Constitution and the election process that got them there.

RJL
RJL
11 days ago

The Cancer Continues, With oath breaking politicians like him, The only hope in Toledo is removal of this Anti-American from office. His interpretations are nothing more than playing into the hands of the criminals, in which he probably is. 

Ram
Ram
11 days ago
Reply to  RJL

Cops and politicians take oaths to protect and defend the constitution.
It has very little meaning if they don’t understand (or care about) the
constitution. The brief and incomplete synopsis they received in school
was shoveled out by communist indoctrinated “educators”.
Loyalty to an oath is not a classroom subject, or even discussed in modern homes. America is suffering spiritually, and the proof is that a communist
controlled cretin doesn’t have to campaign for votes.