A segment featuring attorney Ryan Cleckner on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson show explained in a couple of brutally honest sentences why the gun prohibition lobby has a credibility crisis.
“Every single call for gun control,” said Cleckner, who is a military veteran and co-founder of Mayday Safety, “is also an admission that gun control doesn’t work.”
That’s the same thing that the Second Amendment Foundation, National Rifle Association, Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms have been saying for years.
Carlson and Cleckner were discussing legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives—H.R. 8, otherwise known as the “Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019”—which is the Democrats’ first foray into restrictive gun control since they took power on Capitol Hill. Cleckner, who has his own website, said all mass killers have one thing in common, their intent on killing large numbers of innocent people.
But Cleckner’s observations will either make gun control die-hards wince, or they will find ways to dance around his allegation.
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“Every time we try to add a new gun law,” the attorney observed, “we have to ignore the fact that all the gun laws and all the laws that were already broken didn’t stop the person.”
He properly noted that laws against murder, against having guns on school grounds, laws against stealing firearms did nothing to stop anyone from committing a heinous crime.
“So, by asking for something more,” he said, “you have to admit that gun laws don’t work.”
While that might create something of a dilemma for the gun control crowd on a level playing field, anti-rights prohibitionists manage to skate around the problem by essentially ignoring it, even when a gun control-friendly newspaper such as the New York Times identifies the shortcoming of their argument.
“A vast majority of guns used in 19 recent mass shootings — including those in Newtown, Conn.; San Bernardino, Calif.; and Las Vegas — were bought legally and after the gunman passed a federal background check,” the New York Times acknowledged in a Wednesday story. “At least nine attackers had criminal histories or documented mental health problems that did not prevent them from obtaining their weapons.”
The newspaper went on to quote U.S. Congressman Steve Scalise, who was severely wounded by a would-be left wing assassin in 2017 who opened fire at a baseball field in Virginia in an effort to kill Republicans.
“The new gun control restrictions currently being considered by the Democratic majority in H.R. 8 would not have prevented my shooting,” Scalise explained.
Such remarks do not seem to faze anti-gun Democrats. In their push to expand background checks with H.R. 8, Democrats led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have created the impression that there aren’t such checks already with every retail gun sale in the country.
What many believe is really at work is an effort by the Democrats to create a de facto registry by having every firearm transfer, including private sales or even loans of guns, to go through a licensed dealer. Such a process requires paperwork, which the retailer must retain.
But so what? That paperwork is a file of law-abiding gun owners, not the street criminals who typically use stolen or otherwise contraband firearms obtained without background checks.
Many gun rights activists think it’s not crime prevention but “trophy legislation” that anti-gunners want. And Democrats eager to cultivate their votes are all too willing to deliver.
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