Here’s a good summary of the tactics of would-be gun banners from the always-worth-reading libertarian scribe and pundit John Stossel: Gun Control Lies. Excerpt:
My town, New York City, enforces rigid gun laws. Police refused to assign me a gun permit. The law doesn’t even let me hold a fake gun on TV to demonstrate something.
But New York politicians are so eager to vilify gun ownership that they granted an exception to the anti-gun group States United to Prevent Gun Violence. New York allowed States United to set up a fake gun store, where cameras filmed potential gun customers being spoofed by an actor pretending to be a gun-seller.
“This a nine millimeter semi-automatic. It’s a very handy gun. It’s easy to use,” he says. “You can carry it in a purse like that gal from Wal-Mart. Her two-year-old son reaches into her pocketbook, pulls it out, shoots her. Dead, gone, no Mom!”
States United then made that footage into an anti-gun public service announcement. “Over 60 percent of Americans think owning a gun will make them safer. In fact, owning a gun increases the risk of homicide, suicide and unintentional death,” says the video.
It’s a powerful message. But it’s a lie, says John Lott of the Crime Prevention Research Center. He says that gun control advocates lie all the time.
Of course they do. But there’s more to this than just the lying – and this is some pretty egregious lying, not to mention the blatant violations of New York law that somehow went ignored by law enforcement. Why, one wonders, does a televised and widely distributed violation of these laws go unnoticed? So much for equal treatment under the law – in New York, apparently, that basic principle of our Republic is a joke.
But there is something Stossel misses – the issue is that those very people that advocate restricting guns don’t know jack shit about guns. Exhibit A: Former New York Congresscritter Carolyn McCarthy, who famously defined a barrel shroud as a “shoulder thing that goes up” and went on to rant about “high magazine clips.”
Would you feel comfortable about a bunch of politicians who know nothing about medicine passing a massive law defining the delivery of health care in the entire country?
Uh, wait. Maybe that’s not the best example.
OK, well, back to the original point. Sadly, McCarthy is pretty representative of would-be gun banners – she doesn’t know her ass from her face about firearms. Witness the repeated calls for “assault weapons” bans, that would do away with a class of long arm based only on cosmetic features (Bayonet lugs? Seriously?) while ignoring many other firearms that function identically but aren’t “ugly.”
During the 1990 Imperial assault weapon ban, for example, sales of the popular AR-15 went through the roof – all manufacturers did was remove the bayonet lug and the flash hider, which had zero effect on the rifle’s function. Although the incident of drive-by bayonetings went down to zero.
But then, they had been zero before.
It’s a new level of stupidity even for the Imperial City, and that’s really saying something.