By Jon Dougherty
In the wake of the worst single-day killing spree in New Zealand’s history, the country’s Left-wing government and prime minister went full authoritarian and moved to immediately ban “military-style assault rifles” of the type used by terrorist Brenton Tarrant.
That will surely prevent any future incidents, PM Jacinda Ardern and members of her government have assured the 5 million citizens who live in New Zealand. Surely. Because it wasn’t completely the crazed shooter’s fault, really; it was his choice of weapons.
Other Leftists have taken similar actions after similar incidents in their own countries. Most Western democracies, in fact, now forbid citizens from possessing semi-automatic rifles, especially those horrid military-look alikes (so terrorists have begun using vans and trucks as weapons instead).
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Our own Left-wing anti-gun lawmakers — that would be Democrats, as usual — have made similar demands in the wake of the New Zealand mosque attacks.
“This is what real action to stop gun violence looks like. We must follow New Zealand’s lead, take on the NRA [National Rifle Association] gun lobby and ban the sale and distribution of assault weapons in the United States,” pretend Democrat but real socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders, one of the scores of 2020 presidential contenders, wrote on Twitter.
“Weapons designed for the sole purpose of killing people as effectively, as efficiently, and in as great a number as possible should no longer be sold into our communities,” said former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke, who is also seeking the Democratic presidential nomination.
“The vast majority of gun owners in America believe in and support common-sense gun safety measures like universal background checks,” New Jersey senator and presidential hopeful Cory Booker tweeted. “The problem is we have members of Congress who seem more concerned about the NRA than what will actually make us safer.”
Blah, blah, blah.
None of the research proving that gun homicides (and violent crime in general) are down, that “assault weapons” comprise a tiny fraction of said homicides, and that 99 percent of American gun owners are law-abiding citizens means anything to these Leftist authoritarians.
And neither does the fact that regardless of gun bans, bad people willing to bad things to good people are always — always — going to find such weapons to commit their heinous acts of violence.
How do we know? Remember the November 2015 Paris terrorist attacks that killed 137 people? The assailants used AK-47s…in Paris, France…despite the fact that no one can legally own such weapons there.
How did the attackers get them? Obviously, someone smuggled them inside France. And here is where we know that such bans wouldn’t work in the United States, either.
There would always be someone or some group willing to smuggle in such weapons.
Barack Obama taught us that, much to the chagrin, no doubt, of Democrats now calling for ‘new gun bans.’
Remember a little operation known as “Fast and Furious?” Oh, the media never held Obama to account for it and neither did his party, but as a reminder, this was an operation in which the ATF, beginning in 2009, began running thousands of mostly military-style semi-automatic guns purchased by straw buyers (a huge no-no) in the U.S. and then supplied to the cartels in Mexico.
The ‘official’ motive behind the operation was to ‘trace those guns’ back to the cartels so that authorities could bust ’em. But that was never the intent, as then-CBS News ace investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson discovered.
In reporting the story, Attkisson found that the Obama regime set up the operation to fail, essentially — and it did because there was never a way to “track” those guns in the first place — so the White House could make the case for new gun control measures that would eventually lead to a push for (wait for it) bans of “assault” weapons. Yes, the same ones that Obama and then-AG Eric Holder allowed to be ‘walked’ into Mexico.
She reported in December 2011:
In Fast and Furious, ATF secretly encouraged gun dealers to sell to suspected traffickers for Mexican drug cartels to go after the “big fish.” But ATF whistleblowers told CBS News and Congress it was a dangerous practice called “gunwalking,” and it put thousands of weapons on the street. Many were used in violent crimes in Mexico. Two were found at the murder scene of a U.S. Border Patrol agent.
ATF officials didn’t intend to publicly disclose their own role in letting Mexican cartels obtain the weapons, but emails show they discussed using the sales, including sales encouraged by ATF, to justify a new gun regulation called “Demand Letter 3”. That would require some U.S. gun shops to report the sale of multiple rifles or “long guns.” Demand Letter 3 was so named because it would be the third ATF program demanding gun dealers report tracing information.
Gun tracing leads to gun registration, and that leads to gun bans and gun confiscations.
And did you catch the part about how a U.S. Border Patrol agent was killed by one of the smuggled weapons? His name was Brian Terry.
So you see, it doesn’t matter if you ban certain types of guns. Bans serve no real purpose other than to punish law-abiding people, as the New Zealand government has done.
In American, such bans ‘infringe’ upon our inalienable right to keep and bear whatever arms we wish to bear, and for whatever purpose.
That’s important because, as Obama and Holder proved, there is always someone willing to break laws to smuggle such weapons to bad guys who seek to do bad things to good people.
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