Gun prohibitionists put their renewed Assault Weapons Ban on a back burner and focused on creating the conditions that will lay the groundwork for national firearms registration and eventual confiscation. This is really bad news for Second Amendment supporters. If the law requires logging of all transfers, including those between private individuals not in the business of buying and selling firearms, then gun prohibitionists will have made a great stride toward eventual creation of the massive database that will be required to force gun owners to surrender their guns for destruction. The push for universal background checks has nothing to do with crime control. If those who express concern regarding crime control were actually committed to that goal, they would join forces with the NRA to discipline the criminal justice and mental health systems well enough to comply with current law and provide a full and effective database of criminals and the mentally ill. Making such a system accessible for anonymous background checking by private individuals would be effective -- but only if the database is good. It's already highly illegal to knowingly transfer a gun to a convicted felon or other ineligible person. No additional laws needed there, either. Private individuals are already exposed to civil liability for irresponsible behaviors like this, so again -- no new laws needed. What IS needed is a sincere effort to control criminal and sick misuse of firearms. And that's a plan everyone can and will get behind -- but only if gun owners don't feel that rusty old knife at their backs in the process. Threats and treatening actions clearly intended to produce a general prohibition of weapos will probably result in a lot of deliberate anonymous distribution of arms. In fact, I strongly suspect that there's another gun rush underway that no one is talking about -- mass transfers of guns between private individuals concerned that thier ability to sell or transfer weapons freely for decent prices or to those they care about is under attack. And those abilities are indeed under very serious attack at the moment. And this is essentially the manner in which the highly efficient gun melt-down in the UK was arranged. A long period of about 75 years of progressive registration, taxation, and restriction culminated in a bloody shirt incident blanket ban on all signiicant firearms, confiscation without compensation, and their destruction. None of which has reduced crime in the UK, but clearly the general population is far less likely to prevent official or mob tyrranny now than they have been for hundreds, perhaps thousands, of years. And I say this in part because the core issue isn't guns, but weapons and balances of power. Whatever the technology of the age, it is a relative disparity of force that invites abuse -- not the specific tools available. The concept is simple and simple to demonstrate. Who gets raped in prison? The little guys. Who gets sent to the death camps when a government goes bad? A disarmed minority. Or a series of disarmed minorities -- depending upon the intent of those who have managed to hijack the resources of the state.
If all of this sounds crazy to you, then the gun prohibitionists are doing their job of winning hearts and minds very well and are on their way toward their goal -- the consequences of which the vast majority of them appear not to understand in the least. Because it must be understood -- gun prohibitionists are 99.99 percent good people. Many of them in fact are great and respectable people. But on this issue they are terribly mistaken and misguided -- and often willfully ignorant. I know this for a fact in part because I have long moved among them socially. I know the ignorant, hateful things that spill out of their mouths at art galleries, wine tastings, private parties, university and cultural events. I know journalists and editors often feel it is their moral obligation to tell lies that may lead to gun prohibition. I know this set will quietly destroy your career with them and your social standing in their cirlces if you are known to be pro gun. I know how they thirst to burn the Second Amendment right out of the US Constitution. I know how quick they are to say they don't care how many "rednecks" the government kills or imprisons to achieve these ends.I know many of them are irrationally afraid of guns, just as arachnophobes are violently afraid of good and beneficial spiders.I know that their concept of who gun owners actually are is often so distorted that the word cartoon might be a good descriptor for their modelling. I know many of them know or fear that they themselves have poor moral judgement and imagine that all others share this trait -- and are therefore almost magically prone to murder. But despite all this, they are, by and large, good people -- just like gun owners. Unfortunately, good people can do terrible things with the best of intentions. And that is what Second Amendment supporters are really up against. Good people who are prejudiced against gun owners, willfully ignorant of the history and science of weapons and willing to sanction any means necessary to rub out the legal embodiment of a fundamental human right -- along with anyone who stands in their way. That's why we need to make sure that it remains the law itself that stands in their way -- and that the law is respected.