While the Left and its pals in the media use recent tragedies to rev up the drive to abridge the Second Amendment in any and every way possible, there are important questions they are ignoring.
Those include: Will any of the fixes they propose to address random shootings, from “red flag” laws to outright gun bans to “meaningful” background checks, solve the problem? If their suggestions had been on the books a year ago would that have headed off recent mass shootings?
The answer to both questions is a resounding “no.”
Short of a police state where federal and state authorities kick in doors unannounced and imprison people found hiding guns, the idea of somehow gathering up all the guns in this country to make it safer is nothing short of ludicrous.
But that will not stop anti-gun forces who today claim the AR-15 is the bugaboo gun, the “weapon of war” that must be taken off our streets. Never mind that they are owned and legally used by millions of law-abiding Americans. Never mind that they are used in only a tiny percentage of crimes.
“With an average of 13,657 homicides per year during the 2007-2017 timeframe, about one-tenth of 1 percent of homicides were produced by mass shootings involving AR-15s,” the Foundation for Economic Education reported earlier this year.
All rifles, not just AR-15s or AK-47s or their clones, account for about 300 deaths a year.
“Believe it or not, between 2007 and 2017, nearly 1,700 people were murdered with a knife or sharp object per year. That’s almost four times the number of people murdered by an assailant with any sort of rifle.”
Years ago, anti-gun elements were focused on registering and seizing our handguns, which account for most firearms deaths (a term that includes suicides.) When that failed, they turned to assault-weapon lookalikes.
Until our betters can come up with something that actually will work short of more draconian laws, Americans should resist in any way possible. It is, after all, not really about guns with these folks. It is about controlling people.
And their work never will be finished.