This has to be hard for the gun-grabbers to accept. They were sure they could use the media to over-sensationalize mass shootings such as the one at Sandy Hook to push for more gun control. I’m sure they thought it would be easy.
Immediately following Sandy Hook, polls showed that Americans were ready for more stringent gun laws, but that sentiment didn’t last long. It never does. It quickly dissipated, and then Congress and the Senate couldn’t even get the most basic gun control laws passed. They had overstepped themselves with the propaganda.
The Associated Press reported that in the years since Sandy Hook, the U.S. has actually gone away from gun control and toward gun rights:
In Kansas, gun owners can now carry concealed weapons without obtaining a license. In Texas, those with permits will soon be able to carry openly in holsters and bring concealed weapons into some college classrooms. And in Arkansas, gun enthusiasts may be able to carry weapons into polling places next year when they vote for president.
Dozens of new state laws have made it easier to obtain guns and carry them in more public places and made it harder for local governments to enact restrictions, according to a review of state legislation by The Associated Press. The number of guns manufactured and sold and the number of permits to carry concealed weapons have also increased, data show.
From 2007 to 2014, the number of concealed-carry handgun permits in states nearly tripled, from 4.7 million to 12.8 million, according to a recent report by the Crime Prevention Research Center, a group whose research is often cited by gun-rights supporters. Meanwhile, several states have passed laws shielding the identities of permit holders to protect privacy and prevent potential harassment.
Instead of limiting access to firearms after Sandy Hook, states such as Indiana and Mississippi passed laws to beef up the presence of police officers in schools. Kansas adopted a law allowing people to carry concealed weapons in many public buildings. Georgia and Arkansas, among others, allowed concealed weapons in bars and some churches. Tennessee made clear that permit holders can carry concealed weapons in vehicles and parks.
Several states also passed reciprocity agreements recognizing gun permits approved by other states, reduced permitting fees and loosened requirements. Wisconsin, for instance, eliminated a 48-hour waiting period to buy handguns.
And then there are new laws designed to thwart gun-control measures. States have prohibited authorities from seizing guns during emergencies, moved to ban the use of taxpayer funding for government gun buyback programs and banned the destruction of firearms seized by law enforcement. Some Republican-controlled states have pre-empted local governments’ ability to pass stricter firearms laws by declaring that it’s a matter for the state.
Some gun control proponents have remarked that it’s silly to think the problem is that we don’t have enough guns. They argue that in a country with 330 million people, we’ve got an estimated 310 million guns. So, obviously, we have plenty of guns, and we still have to deal with mass shootings and “gun violence.”
The argument has never been that we just need to have more guns. It’s true that one person could have an arsenal in his basement with a hundred different guns. As long as they’re stored away in his basement, they’re not really doing anything. They will however provide the firepower needed to repel a small invasion if need be. But in terms of contributing to a safer community, all those stored firearms aren’t really doing much.
What gun rights proponents are in favor of specifically is creating more concealed carriers. Hypothetically, if every single law-abiding citizen carried concealed everywhere, we would live in a very safe place. Just because there might be 310 million guns in this country doesn’t mean that we have 310 million individual gun owners carrying concealed. If only.