A noon gathering by Moms Demand Action Washington Sunday in Seattle may get some film on the evening news, but it cannot match the numbers of people who are turning up at gun shops, gun shows and law enforcement agencies.
They are shopping for guns, buying guns, ammunition and accessories, and either applying for new concealed carry licenses or making sure theirs are renewed.
A New York Times/CBS News poll released Dec. 11, says a majority of Americans are opposed to a ban on so-called “assault weapons.”
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Sheriffs in a number of counties have encouraged their legally-licensed constituents to start carrying their sidearms.
A Rasmussen Reports survey says a majority of people who own guns feel safer for having guns in their homes.
Even the Washington Post Fact Checker confirmed that existing and proposed gun laws would not have prevented the mass shootings in recent history.
Still the Moms hold their gatherings, calling for “common sense gun laws” that have so far not shown any success at all in preventing the crimes they were supposed to. Aside from the somewhat nebulous notion of more gun laws, the only specific proposal to come up lately — prohibiting people on no-fly lists from buying firearms — has hit turbulence even in some liberal circles because it is a clear violation of due process.
Three years ago in Newtown, a mentally-disturbed young man murdered his mother, took her firearms and went to Sandy Hook Elementary. Those guns were all purchased legally under Connecticut laws, which are among the toughest in the nation.
Tough gun laws in California didn’t prevent the San Bernardino terrorist attack. Passage of a “universal background check” measure in Washington hasn’t accomplished a thing, it appears.
It might be time to ask — no, demand — that Moms Demand Action clearly define what it is they are demanding and just how they think any of these strategies will prevent crimes.
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- Sheriff warns of second American revolution if gun confiscation laws pass
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