On the issue of gun control, the trajectory on the slippery slope has been steeper than anticipated.
Every push for gun control begins with calls for “common sense” gun control, with “common sense” never defined. In the case of the Parkland student activists, who rallied together following the shooting at their Stoneman Douglas high school, they actually did have specifics. Ahead of their “March for Our Lives,” they outlined the specific gun control proposals they wanted:
- Fund gun violence research and prevention programs
- Eliminate regulations on the ATF preventing them from digitizing records of gun sales, and require gun stores to conduct annual inventory reports to help track potentially stolen guns.
- Universal background checks
- Banning high-capacity magazines (defined as holdings more than 10 rounds)
- Restoration of the assault weapons ban
For all the media attention they received, these proposals wouldn’t even affect the overwhelming majority of gun owners. So that raises the question – does anyone think they’ll stop there?
At the March for Our Lives, one of the Parkland activists told the crowd “We will take the big and we will take the small, but we will keep fighting. When they give us that inch, that bump stock ban, we will take a mile. We are not here for breadcrumbs. We are here for real change. We are here to lead.”
What could that “real change” possibly be? Perhaps the most well known Parkland activist, Emma Gonzalez, has made that clear.
According to the Daily Wire:
“It’s just cheaper to take away the guns that aren’t imperative to living in America. You don’t need an AR-15 to protect yourself in bed from a robber at night,” said Gonzalez.
“You don’t need an AR-15 to have fun at a shooting range,” she continued. “Go join the Army if you want to have fun shooting off a weapon, and serve your f**king country. Excuse my language.”
Gonzalez called for the confiscation of all semi-automatic firearms last month, writing in a tweet: “Removing the assault and semi-automatic weapons from our Civilian society, instituting thorough background checks and mandatory waiting periods (and raising the buying age and banning the production of high-capacity magazines) are the ways to stop shootings in America.”
The confiscation of all semi-automatic firearms would amount to the confiscation of nearly all firearms in America.
Let’s be honest – if today’s gun control activists were around in the 1700s, they’d be calling for the ban of muskets.
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