I have a sick feeling that in an unintentional way, conservatives are leading the United States toward a gun ban. Every time a mass-shooting occurs (unless the shooter is a Muslim), the left collectively dusts off the same old chestnut: More gun control now! In recent years, however, conservatives have grown a backbone, forcefully countering the liberal argument that more stringent gun control laws prevent mass-shootings.
This dynamic has intensified with every shooting.
Recently, The Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler decided to fact-check a claim made by Marco Rubio, who said that gun laws don’t do anything to prevent the mass-shootings we so frequently discuss. Kessler’s conclusion, after an exhaustive analysis, was that Rubio was right. Gun control laws, such as the banning of high-capacity magazines, and extended background checks, wouldn’t have made any difference in the mass-shootings analyzed by Kessler.
“Rubio’s statement stands up to scrutiny — at least for the recent past, as he framed it. Notably, three of the mass shootings took place in California, which already has strong gun laws including a ban on certain weapons and high-capacity magazines.”
In essence, criminals will always find a way; they’ll buy weapons illegally, they’ll make weapons themselves, or they’ll find some other means to gain possession of the weapons they want. Those intent on killing don’t tend to obey the law.
For a long time, this didn’t stop gun control proponents, who, following any tragedy, simply repeated the phrase “gun control” loudly on the news, assuming Americans would be simple-minded enough to nod their heads in agreement.
For the most part, aside from the most easily manipulated among us, the left’s tactic failed.
Now that conservatives have begun to vigorously counter gun control lies–rather than retreating quietly to a corner like a kicked dog–the conversation is necessarily changing. The left has had to find a new field on which to wage their gun battle.
The new attack is simple and direct: No more guns. Confiscation. Repeal the Second Amendment.
Salon, the figurehead of the radical leftist pirate ship, just published a piece titled “The Second Amendment Must Go,” and New Republic published a similar piece, titled “It’s Time to Ban Guns. Yes, All of Them.”
In the face of legitimate criticism from conservatives regarding their gun control polemics, the left has been forced to move to the only territory available. This isn’t some nutty, fringe element within the liberal community either. Major players in the Democratic Party have expressed interest in confiscation.
At a recent town hall event, after a voter asked Hillary Clinton about the Australian gun confiscation program, she replied:
“Australia is a good example, Canada is a good example, the U.K. is a good example. Why? Each of them have had mass killings. Australia had a huge mass killing about 20-25 years ago, Canada did as well, so did the U.K. In reaction, they passed much stricter gun laws.
In the Australian example, as I recall, that was a buyback program…I think it would be worth considering doing it on the national level, if that could be arranged…So I think that’s worth considering. I do not know enough detail to tell you how we would do it, or how would it work, but certainly your example is worth looking at.”
President Obama has praised Australia’s gun confiscation on multiple occasions as well. This isn’t fringe, it’s where the Democrats are going. When they cannot get what they want, they go further to the left, and in this case, the only place left to go is confiscation.
Unfortunately, many Americans will fall for the lies told by liberal politicians and media outlets. Mass-shootings are on the rise. The Second Amendment wasn’t designed for modern times. Other nations don’t have mass-killings. The left will also coat their lies in fear. We have to protect our kids! This is our only option! And appeal to our inherent desire to be good. This is for the best. We’ll all be better off!
And of course, they’ll demonize conservatives. This is all for votes, after all.
Conservatives need to counter this argument intelligently and with precision. Above all, however, we must be heard. Liberals are master tacticians on the public relations battlefield, and they will drown us out every time unless we get savvy yesterday.
Don’t doubt for a second the abilities of an organized group with seemingly outlandish goals. Such doubts have left men better than ourselves in ashes. The left is shrewd and duplicitous, and those qualities can accomplish frightening things. Watch for it, wait for it, and be ready to hit back hard.