Gotta look at this great article by Joan Peterson of the Brady Campaign and the Joyce Foundation:
just love this article found on CNN titled: “Give Gun Owners What They Want.” The article gets to the truth of the matter about gun policy and the resistance to any common sense measures that might actually fit with what gun owners and even many NRA members say they want….So what do the gun rights extremists really want? They don’t like criminals with guns because they are always saying that is why they need their own guns. Let’s see now- maybe they DO actually want criminals to continue to easily get their guns because if we actually prevented ways for them to have their guns, why would the average citizen really need a gun for self defense against all of those criminals without guns? Is this nonsensical argument made on purpose or in denial and ignorance? Or do they even get that they want the same things I want but if we do something about it it will hurt their cause? Do they get that they agree with the folks on the side of preventing gun injuries and death? They say they don’t want people getting killed with guns. But then they resist all attempts to do something about it. Why? Follow the money. The gun industry is a big industry. Would it actually suffer if we stopped criminals from getting guns? I’m not sure how since federally licensed firearms dealers actually keep those with felonies, adjudicated mentally ill people, domestic abusers and other prohibited purchasers from buying guns by requiring a background check. This doesn’t make sense.
Yep, we just want more crime! That’s it! Or maybe we want to be able to buy and sell our property without Big Daddy Government getting into our stuff…or just saying “Nah your name is too common!”, Miguel happens to have the Spanish equivalent of “John Smith”, in a state where there is a massive Hispanic population. Miguel needs to now jump through hoops to prove he’s INNOCENT! (Remember anti-freedom, not anti-gun)
Gun rights extremists don’t believe me when I tell them that NRA resistance to reasonable gun laws is responsible for some of the daily carnage on our streets. Some of my readers here who make regular comments are always itchin’ for a fight with me just because. They love the fight. They love to be against anything I and others like me are for. It’s oppositional. But it’s more than that. It’s some unreasonable fear that if they agree with me something terrible will happen. Like, for instance, someone is going to come around to their houses and seize their precious guns. What a ridiculous and unfounded belief.
Hmmm, even Joan doesn’t think that’s very ridiculous . No they won’t CONFISCATE your guns, they’ll PAY your for your guns at their price against your will….that is if she ever gets her way. Maybe not your “Good Guns” (Remember, her husband owns a few hunting rifles), but your Bad guns…which is whatever she says they are! Nothing like the people who know nothing about guns claiming they can make the rules!
Ah, there’s the rub. Guns don’t wear out or get consumed. Once you have one or two, you have them for a very long time. So in order to keep these folks in business, new markets need to be created. How to do that? Pass laws that get people to think they need more guns ( small concealable guns) or create fear and paranoia of a government run amok coming for your guns ( assault weapons, machine guns, other such weapons usually used by the military). Some people fall for this and run out to get more guns as a result. But still, why resist common sense gun laws? So who are we protecting by resisting, for example, a law that would require background checks on all gun sales? I haven’t heard a good answer to that question from the NRA and its minions. Why? Because there is no answer that makes sense.
Well my Nephew came down for a weekend of shooting. He’s pulled the trigger on a few .22 and a few shotguns in the boyscouts, and his Dad took him hunting with a .30-30 which he only fired a few times.
He wanted to learn how to REALLY shoot, and he wanted to learn to shoot them ALL, rifles, shotguns, and pistols. We started small, and worked our way up to the big stuff, and then we shot Sporting clays together which means he had one shotgun, and I had another. In total we shot 9 different guns…and that’s not even getting into my collectors pieces. Yeah, I don’t make sense! Joan’s the sane one! (snicker)
But this one is the best!
So, I say, let’s do give gun owners the very thing they say they themselves agree to and actually want in poll after poll after poll. I am not going to list the polls. I have done so too many times on this blog. The gun guys know what the polls say.
Of course the “Polls” is ONE Mayors Against Illegal Guns poll that’s been cited by countless people who, like Joan (and MAIG) are paid by the Joyce Foundation, and she’s cited several articles looking at that one poll…made by a criminal organization!
She won’t list other polls…because they don’t exist…and that poll reeks of crap
Isn’t it nice that Joan knows us so well! Don’t you all feel like you’ve met your soul mate?