If there is one thing that can be counted on, without fail, it is how liberals react to crisis. Their favorite response to any tragedy is to enact more legislation. That stems from the misguided belief that all things good must come from the government. Therefore, it stands to reason, at least to them, that legislation has to be passed to prevent said tragedy from happening again. Thus it was after the terrible tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CN. It would be hard to count the legislation that has been proposed to make sure another Sandy Hook could not transpire. All the way from the Congress of the United States, to various state legislatures, liberals are ramping up their efforts to enact stricter gun control measures.
For some reason, those who are in favor of stricter gun control seem to defy logic with their suggestions. Because the AR-15 was the weapon used by Adam Lanza at Sandy Hook, an all-out attempt is underway to demonize the rifle, with many in favor of banning it altogether. As if banning a particular weapon is going to fix the problem. We are told no one really needs a high-capacity magazine (anything over ten rounds is considered to be high-capacity), therefore they should be banned. That would effectively ban many semi-automatic handguns, including some very popular plinking handguns, such as the Ruger and Sig Sauer .22 Long Rifle handguns.
The only measure I have seen that may have an effect on the illegal purchasing of firearms is the closing of the gun show loop-hole. In my estimation, those who buy a firearm at a gun show should have to undergo a background check, just like the people who choose to buy their weapons at a sporting goods or any other seller of firearms. Even then, those who want to buy a firearm will be able to do so. It may not be at a gun show, but it can be done and it is not all that hard. Other than the closing of the gun show loop-hole, all other attempts to pass stricter gun control laws will do nothing to impede or deter a violent person who is intent on using a gun for unlawful purposes. What they will do is restrict the rights of law-abiding citizens that are guaranteed to them by the 2nd Amendment.
By all means, let’s close the gun show loophole. That will stop some illegal gun purchases. After that is accomplished, what is next. Be sure, they will soon be coming after the private sale of firearms. In other words, they do not want a private citizen to be able to sell, or otherwise transfer ownership of a gun, without the prior approval and consent of the federal government. That is what many liberals are after. If the federal government knows who owns which firearms, confiscation will be that much easier. If you doubt that, take a look at some of the proposed legislation, both on the federal and state levels. Much of this has little chance of passing, but it is troublesome enough that it is even being proposed. Stop and think about what would happen, were the liberal Democrats gain complete control of the House of Representatives in 2014. Democrats in control of the House, the Senate, and the White House, especially with this current crop of liberals, is not a pleasant thought and one that should keep us awake at night.
All this week, Vice President Joe Biden and his task force on gun violence (public relations tells them they should stop using the term “gun control”, but that’s what they are really after) have met with various victims groups and other advocates of stricter gun control laws. Today, they will meet with representatives of the video game industry. They met yesterday with the NRA, after which the NRA says nothing has changed. They accuse the current administration of being more concerned with attacking the 2nd Amendment than they are about really stemming the violence that has killed or hurt so many of our children. The Vice President has said he will present his proposals and suggestions to President Obama on Tuesday and you can be sure, the screws are about to be tightened. Biden even suggested that the President was considering using his executive authority, ie. executive orders, to implement certain gun control measures.
I doubt I am the only person in America who isn’t the least bit surprised that this President would be considering using an executive order to attack the 2nd Amendment. After all, he has stated, more than once, that he doesn’t like dealing with Congress, that it is easier to just go it alone. If you are surprised that he would consider such a flagrant violation of the Constitution, then you haven’t been paying attention for the past four years. Be therefore warned, this current battle we are in over gun control has little to do with stopping the violence that has caused tragedies such as Sandy Hook and Aurora, CO. It is all about strictly controlling the access to guns we were granted when the Founding Fathers wrote the 2nd Amendment.
If you have followed my blog for any length of time, you may remember the fear I have expressed over the coming second term of Barack Obama as President of the United States. Even during his first term, I have always had a fear of what his second term would look like. He was bold enough during his first term, but with the need to run for reelection no longer pressing, Obama will almost assuredly be more emboldened than ever. I am not an advocate of violence or insurrection against our government, but the direction I see a second Obama administration about to take leads me to believe we should be ready for anything. The liberals have their crisis and as Rahm Emanuel so famously suggested, they aren’t about to let it go to waste.