New Gun Control Group, Denver Accord, Has Unsurprising ‘Trace’

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U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- I’ve been getting tips recently about an anti-gun effort that calls itself “The Denver Accord.” Looking into it I see stories going back to 2019, which surprised me, because I didn’t catch it at the time (for that matter, neither did AmmoLand or many other “gun” sites) and such things generally don’t slip by unnoticed.

Their website presents categories including “Four Principle,” “Key Policies,” and “Recommended Legislation and Policies.” Starting with the first category, we see it includes such pronouncements as “Guns do not make us safer; Gun violence in America is a pervasive public health crisis that demands substantial policy solutions and well-funded programs that effectively reduce gun violence; Equitable and just enforcement of gun laws is paramount. Everyone has the right to live free from violence.”

What a load of tired and long disproven talking points.

The only “principle” I’d not challenge is the last one. Making sure we can protect the right to live free from violence is why we have guns.

“Key Policies” includes licensing and registration, so-called “safe-storage,” ending private sales, and a really bizarre demand: “Reducing the lethality of firearms and ammunition to reduce death and injury.” Aside from the fictional Lone Ranger, you generally don’t hear adults talk like that.

The “Legislation and Policies” is where they really start to flesh things out. Among other infringements they want to see mandated and enforced by armed agents of the state: “May issue” permits to PURCHASE “guns” (meaning any kind of firearm) with no sales to any citizen under 21, with prior restraints including mandated range and classroom tests, fingerprinting, a host of prohibitive disqualifiers, and a seven-day waiting period to take possession.

We can stop right here. We’ve seen how “may issue” for concealed carry permits is really “may not” in places like New Jersey and Maryland, how you have to be one of the connected elites to get one in New York City, how you can increase your odds by contributing to political campaigns in Santa Clara County, and how you can’t get one at all in Hawaii.

Who thinks the same “criteria” won’t apply when it’s the violence monopolists deciding who they will allow to own a gun?

Assuming you make it through their gantlet, they’re not done infringing. They also want to make semiautos NFA weapons, prohibit future transfers of whatever they want to define as “assault weapons,” prohibit carrying them, openly or concealed, and reclassify bullpups as SBRs. They also want to “Limit high caliber handguns.”

They then want to mandate public spending to develop “smart guns.” And they’re still not done.

They intend to ban unserialized components,  3D printing by unlicensed individuals, distribution of blueprints for 3D printers, and “Mandate that all firearms must be visible to security screening devices.”

But wait, there’s more!

If they have their way, they’ll ban “armor-piercing” (not tanks, but in body armor-piercing hunting rifle rounds), hollow points, fragmenting, and “hydro-shock” rounds. They intend to prohibit magazines over 10 rounds, and “Develop a national ballistic fingerprinting database.”

The next part of the plot is to “strengthen and enforce existing gun laws.” To interject here, ironically, that’s just what many of our “gun rights leaders” advocate. That’s pretty much like pre-Revolution colonists demanding the King enforce existing Intolerable Acts.

They also want to repeal the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act to allow for manufactures and distributors to be sued out of existence over the criminal misuse of their products, “limit state concealed carry reciprocity to permit-to-purchase states only,” set up a digitized ATF registry, establish international controls like the Arms Trade Treaty, eliminate preemption and establish patchwork quilt carry laws and public space “gun-free zones,”  and repeal “stand your ground laws.”

Then comes a host of “police reforms.”

It might be reasonable at this point to ask “Who are these guys?” and what is their experience and expertise in all the myriad ways they wish to dictate the terms of gun owner surrender over.

They have an “About Us” page, and basically what we’re talking about is a bunch of self-appointed gun-grabbers who have put together a wish list based on that’s the way they want it. The principal individual behind it, along with its “mothership,” the  GVPedia Gun Violence Research Project, is one Devin Hughes. It turns out he has a longstanding affiliation with another organization readers here should be familiar with The Trace, the supposed “investigative journalism” website funded with Michael Bloomberg seed money. You knew his fingerprints would be somewhere in the mix.

Somebody’s footing the bill for all this. A cursory look shows websites for both the Denver Accord and GVPedia are registered through a proxy, so there’s no help there, and the nonprofit tracking website Guidestar presents a Form 990EZ for 2019 showing $127K in “Contributions, gifts, grants,” but not who made them. We do learn the nonprofit corporation is registered in Oklahoma, but a Secretary of State’s corporation entities search shows that to get details, an order needs to be processed, and this is being written on a Saturday with a Sunday deadline.

It will take further investigations to determine where Hughes & Co. are getting their funding from, but in the meantime, there is an indicator of how widespread the Denver Accord has become, and that’s through its social media accounts. At this time, despite their claim that “The Denver Accord was developed by a coalition of 41 gun violence prevention organizations representing over 1 million people across the country,” GVPedia has fewer than 2,000 Facebook followers and less than 500 on Twitter.

Not very impressive considering the press they’ve received, but future growth can happen exponentially if and when the citizen disarmament lobby decides the time is right to up the stakes. My guess is that less impulsive and more calculating minds have until recently viewed this as letting slip too much too soon, and that may account for why so many of us missed this story in 2019.

That those stakes will be upped, with every concession and compromise used as a beachhead from which to launch the next incursion, is a certainty — as is the end game. That’s why Republicans need to be bellowed at in no uncertain terms every time they stupidly act like being “moderate” and removing a hurdle will win them friends in the media instead of alienating the people who put them in office.


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.

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gregs
gregs(@gregsodeman)
1 month ago

utopia is just a ban away. just ban violence and then we will all be safe and happy.

Chris
Chris(@chrisjosekuehl)
1 month ago

Yeah CO has had some pretty bad luck regarding gun laws. It sucks, getting these laws is hard to get repealed. Hopefully all of us can fight back repeal all these unconstitutional laws. The magazine law is ridiculous as well as requiring private sales to go through a background check. I sure miss the old days.

Tank
Tank(@voodoo6actual)
1 month ago

Any Gun Control is oppressive to our 2nd A inalienable & immutable rights. All any person has to do is listen to Prince Charles tell the planet there needs to be a Military Action to “Marshall” in the New Economic System aka NWO. He made the statement in a not so cryptic decree – edict. His Royal Highness speaks while Terrorizing the planet https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jaTt7sfI1k This video shows the second Battlespace front we fight against which is the farcical “Climate Change” farce which of course is GeoEngineering (aka SRM – ENMOD) “War-like Footing” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5cJOMgYh5wo I don’t know what could be more… Read more »

Arizona
Arizona(@arizona)
1 month ago

These anti-firearms folks can have their opinions, and speak them, as we still honor the fact this is a free country, but we won’t ever be bound by their ideas or policies. Wonder how they would feel about similar restrictions on the first amendment? No websites, media articles, social media comments, tweets or public speeches or commentary without prior mandated training, oral and written classroom tests, fingerprinting, an intensive background check, interviews of friends, neighbors and former teachers and sexual partners, a host of prohibitive disqualifiers, and a seven-day waiting period to take possession of a license after paying a… Read more »

swmft
swmft(@swmft)
1 month ago
Reply to  Arizona

you left out no attacks against others, or words that might be critical,you cant hurt peoples feelings booohooo

Miserable Wretch
Miserable Wretch(@zeroeffect29)
1 month ago

Langley Outdoors Academy ripped this apart already on youtube. Though I’m sure you can hoist the Gun Grabbers by their own petard using the information their site provides.

Mack
Mack(@mackhh)
1 month ago

David,

I might answer the last ‘principle’ more than challenge it. …

“Everyone has the right to live free from [gun] violence.”

By asking the following questions: does:

Everyone has the right to live free from lightning violence.

Everyone has the right to live free from tornado violence.

Everyone has the right to live free from hurricane violence.

And so on. Such principles here are clearly irrational.

Nature is inherently violent and we cannot divorce ourselves from these realities..

Policy directives from the delusional is destructive.

Finnky
Finnky(@finnks)
1 month ago
Reply to  Mack

I usually agree that everyone has a right to live as free of violence as they are able. In particular those of us capable of violence have an imperative to protect the most vulnerable (children) from violence.

i do make an exception to this right for those supporting this website. They are free to have infinite violence inflicted upon them. Preferably in small increments so they can savor every blow.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill(@wild-bill)
1 month ago
Reply to  Finnky

What do you have against “… those supporting this website.”?

Ansel Hazen
Ansel Hazen(@ansel-hazen)
1 month ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

Seeing that myself. Although there are reports Fairfax county is recounting absentee ballots.

VCDL needs to mobilize it’s members.

Russn8r
Russn8r(@russn8r)
1 month ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

Unlike your idiotic foul-mouth LMFAO comments.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill(@wild-bill)
1 month ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

That would be good news. The democrat party needs to purge itself of marxists.
Deposing them in Va would bring a little sunshine to this cold and rainy morning. I have to get going, for now, lots of hungry animals.

Last edited 1 month ago by Wild Bill
Raconteur
Raconteur(@raconteur)
1 month ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

Actually, few of the leftists in the Democrat party are Marxists. They are mostly statists, who lack knowledge of Marx’s writings and have been willingly indoctrinated with leftist ideology.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill(@wild-bill)
1 month ago
Reply to  Raconteur

Ok, well … I will buy the part about lack knowledge.

Ansel Hazen
Ansel Hazen(@ansel-hazen)
1 month ago
Reply to  Finnky

I’m thinking Finnky has misspoken his actual intent.

Larry
Larry(@larry)
1 month ago
Reply to  Ansel Hazen

I think by “this website” he meant “their website.”

Finnky
Finnky(@finnks)
1 month ago
Reply to  Finnky

By “this website” I meant the website which is subject of Codrea’s article. The Denver Accord!

Sorry for lack of clarity. I have great respect for AmmoLand and appreciate info provided by both articles and commentary.

Arizona
Arizona(@arizona)
1 month ago
Reply to  Mack

Everyone has a right to live free of progressive socialist ideology and communist principles, which are antithetical to liberty and the American way, as well as repugnant to the Constitution.

DDS
DDS(@dds)
1 month ago
Reply to  Mack

A phobia is not a fear of something. A phobia is an unreasoning fear of something. So I understand some peole have an unreasoning fear of gun violence as singled out from, say, skateboard violence, just to pick an example that is in the news. Col. Jeff Cooper even had a name for fear of weapond, and i guess violencee associated with them. He called it hoplophobia. It is a real thing. I understand it and sympathize with perople who truly suffer from it. But i don’t suffer from it, and refuse to curtail what I do just to mitigate… Read more »