Anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety gun prohibition lobbying group was out with an email blast Friday morning, calling for “the next step” and anti-rights Democrats who will control the U.S. House in January “say they will pass the most aggressive gun-control legislation in decades,” the Wall Street Journal reported.
That threat came as Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, writing in an Op-Ed appearing in Friday’s Asheboro, N.C. Courier-Tribune, challenged anti-gunners to be honest.
“It’s time for the proponents of so-called ‘common sense gun laws’ to drop the charade and admit that what they really want is to ban privately-owned firearms,” Gottlieb said. “Instead, gun prohibitionists including those writing newspaper editorials simply want to nullify the Second Amendment by regulation.”
Conversely, John Feinblatt, president of the Everytown lobbying organization, declared that the Democrats who will take over the House comprise a “Gun Sense Majority” to “pass a comprehensive background checks law that will make this a safer country.”
Feinblatt was referring to the Thousand Oaks mass shooting in California Wednesday night. But he skipped over an important fact. The killer of dozen people legally purchased the pistol he used in California’s Ventura County. The Golden State currently has among the strictest gun control laws in the nation, including what politicians and anti-gunners called a “comprehensive background check” with a 10-day waiting period when it was passed.
Did Gottlieb correctly describe the situation, then? Are these advocates of so-called “common sense gun laws” actually working to regulate the Second Amendment out of existence? He noted that Democrat lawmakers in Sacramento have incrementally tightened California gun laws, repeatedly claiming that they would reduce violent crime. But those laws did not prevent the Thousand Oaks slaughter, leaving Feinblatt’s arguments rather hollow, and the promises of incoming Democrats essentially empty.
Even if Nancy Pelosi’s new majority passes stricter gun control laws, those measures may be DOA when they arrive at the Republican-controlled Senate. And, they would also face President Donald Trump’s possible veto, while alienating a lot of gun-owning voters back home who may just come out of the woodwork in 2020.
According to the WSJ, “Democrats ousted at least 15 House Republicans with ‘A’ National Rifle Association ratings, while the candidates elected to replace them all scored an ‘F’ NRA rating.” The gun prohibition lobby will be boasting that this doesn’t say much for the NRA’s ability to get out the vote to protect their friends on Capitol Hill.