The National Rifle Association reacted swiftly after the “March for Our Lives” gun control movement, started by high schoolers and quickly embraced by the gun prohibition lobby, when the group—co-founded by David Hogg—last week announced its gun control agenda.
They call it a “peace plan,” but it is likely to ignite political warfare. It reads like something cooked up by Everytown for Gun Safety or some other group. They want to:
- Ban so-called “assault weapons” and full-capacity magazines;
- Create a national licensing and gun registration system that would “include in-person interviews and a 10-day wait before gun purchases are approved”;
- Raise the age to buy a firearm from 18 to 21;
- Implement a mandatory “gun buyback” program, which is another way of saying they want to confiscate your firearms, compensate you with an undisclosed sum or prosecute you for not complying;
- Install a “national director of gun violence prevention,” whatever that is. This individual would report directly to the president;
- Create a “Safety Corps” similar to the Peace Corps, for “gun violence prevention”;
- Create community-based programs for suicide prevention, domestic violence and urban violence.
Hogg, who became famous when the establishment press zeroed in on a handful of students in the aftermath of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School attack in February 2018, sent out a tweet stating, “We know this seems ambitious given Washington’s apathy to decades of bloodshed in our schools, neighborhoods, and even our houses of worship.”
But the NRA fired back, calling their agenda “Orwellian.” In a piece found on the NRA website, the organization also said this: “Americans are not known for just casually surrendering their lawfully-acquired property and essential freedoms.”
According to NPR, the National Shooting Sports Foundation is also declining to hop on board Hogg’s wagon. Larry Keane, the group’s senior vice president and general counsel observed, “You don’t need a license from the government in order to exercise your constitutional right.”
Keane told NPR that he found the March for Our Lives proposals “deeply troubling.”
Critics of the new gun control scheme have suggested that its authors skipped class when they talked about the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.
Axios noted that this is the first time the “influential group” has been public since the shootings in California, Ohio and Texas. Apparently this effort is “aimed at kicking off a youth voting surge in 2020.”
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