Politicians are scrambling to fire up gun owners by proving the NRA right: the goal of Democrat politicians is to confiscate all firearms in the United States.
Diane Feinstein, Governor Mario Cuomo and New York’s Michael Bloomberg have called for the confiscation of all semi-automatic (trigger must be pulled for each shot) rifles and pistols, which covers just about every modern weapon made today, and they’ve been joined in that demand by at least one state representative, an Iowan named Dan Muhlbauer.
We’ve discussed the Journal News’ publication of licensed gun owners’ names and addresses; yesterday, the Gawker followed suit, disclosing the names of all (registered, not illegal) gun owners in NYC. Notice that both these rags went after all gun owners, not just those who might own one of those dreaded “assault rifles”. They’re after bigger game.
Nor does the campaign stop at guns themselves – they want the ammunition too.
Dick Blumenthal wants to register and conduct background checks on all ammunition purchasers, which in addition to creating a nuisance, would bar internet sales of discount ammo. His intellectual equal on the state level is New Haven representative Martin Looney, who has already introduced legislation to do the same thing here in Connecticut.
And so forth and on and on – these people are just getting started. And while all this activity and calls for action will fire up the base while doing nothing worthwhile, it is also convincing many fence sitters like myself to finally take notice and acknowledge what the NRA has been saying all along: every attempt to regulate guns is merely a step towards the ultimate goal, the complete elimination of the right of private citizens to bear arms. Worse, having accomplished that, these same people will move on, as England has, to eliminate the right of self-defense of any sort. And if you have no right to defend your own life, then who does that life belong to, you, or the state? We know where these people come down on that one.
So while I, and many others, I suspect, had until recently believed that the NRA was just a bit paranoid about the whole anti-gun movement, and even felt that some regulations might be wise, I’ve changed my stance, and will now work actively to defeat each and every politician who seeks to impose any restriction, no matter how small, on gun ownership. There is, as we’re seeing now, no middle ground.