An incendiary anti-gun pile-on, unprecedented even after Columbine and Virginia Tech, is targeting gun owners following the Newtown atrocities. Anti-gun organizations and politicians, emboldened by the amplification from sympathetic “news” media, are no longer afraid to touch the political “third rail,”and legislation is in the works that makes the ’94 Clinton gun ban look tame.
A victorious Obama, no longer needing to mask the agenda his apologists were all swearing he didn’t have, has confirmed he’s going after semi-autos and magazines, and appointed “Gun Free School Zones Act” sponsor Joe Biden to spearhead White House efforts toward disarming the Constitutional militia.
Perennial gun-grabber Dianne Feinstein had an “assault weapons” bill ready to hit the floor the first day of Congress, this one increasing prohibited features, targeting handguns and magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, preventing transfers of currently-owned firearms, requiring registering currently-owned “assault weapons,” including paying a $200 transfer tax—that is, assuming your police chief approves you keeping it after running a check on you.
Feinstein announced a “buyback” was one of the options they were looking at. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo took things to the next level. “Confiscation could be an option,” he told The New York Times. “Mandatory sale to the state could be an option.”
Meanwhile, the National Rifle Association emerged from a self-imposed silence, first at a press conference, after which Wayne LaPierre was deemed a “loon” by the New York Post, and “the craziest man on earth” by the New York Daily News, all for claiming “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”
David Gregory, someone who sends his children to a school that employs armed security, then tore into the embattled NRA executive on “Meet the Press,” and actually broke the law by waving a banned-in-D.C. magazine in LaPierre’s face, not that anyone seems inclined to prosecute him for it at this writing.
Not to be outdone, Hollywood weighed in, with celebrities joining in to “demand a plan,” or, in the case of CSI actress Marg Hellenberg, saying “One can only hope” NRA members would be shot, a sentiment widely agreed to and expressed by citizen disarmament zealots on social media websites and in comments to related news stories and editorials.
Meanwhile, a Gannett newspaper in New York published an interactive map with the addresses of gun permit holders, and another of their papers in Iowa published an editorial calling for repeal of the Second Amendment, declaring the NRA a terrorist organization, making ownership of semi-autos a felony, and killing gun owners who refused to give theirs up. Really.
Gun owners now find themselves facing empty shelves in the wake of panic buying. Some dealers are quitting or suspending semi-auto sales and others are raising prices through the roof. It’s a great real-world example of being penny-wise and pound-foolish. Had more gun owners gotten involved and spent tens of dollars on memberships in pro-gun organizations, they’d probably not be spending hundreds and thousands now, dealing with the fallout of their apathy.
By David Codrea