I talked yesterday about the recently passed emergency concealed carry law that has been enacted in Washington, DC. As you can tell from the video, the council members certainly don’t like it. One member went as far as to state that they flat-out don’t want carry and don’t even want guns, but are being forced to change by both the courts and Congress. Frankly, if this extremely divided and partisan Congress can make up their mind that you’re in the wrong, you know you’re really in the wrong. What really astounded me though was one council member’s statements about whether gun owners should have a right to privacy. His opinion: that right doesn’t exist. Because he wants to ostracize them . . .
From the video:
“We should at least give our neighbors and residents a chance to know who has the gun. Put it up there! Let people be proud if they want to carry a concealed weapon! But at least we’ll all know who it is, and we can treat them differently […]”
The implication is pretty clear. Just like the Nazis and their hatred of the Jews, the gun control crowd thinks that legal gun owners are vile and despicable subhumans that need to be eliminated from their communities. And, similar to the German approach, they feel they need to identify these evil individuals so that good folk know not to interact with them.
I might be going a little overboard with that analogy, but only just a little. The same basic concept is at work in both situations. By singling out a population — gun owners and concealed carry holders, in this case — you identify them for the purpose of isolating them from the community. The explicit stated purpose of the identification is so that “we can treat them differently,” according to the DC city council member being interviewed.
What if this wasn’t a list of gun owners, but instead of HIV positive individuals? Or perhaps homosexuals? Both of those groups at one time were believed to pose a deadly threat to the community, and I’m pretty sure that same council member wouldn’t think twice of voicing his opposition to a public list of HIV+ individuals in his community.
But because these are gun owners we’re talking about — the only group of people who it is OK in the minds of Democrats to persecute for their beliefs — it’s open season and their rights don’t matter. The DC city council has already balled up and thrown away the Second Amendment, why not throw out the rest of those protections as well? After all, these are just evil gun owners that we’re talking about here.
The fact that seems to be lost on this city council is that legal gun owners aren’t the problem. Washington D.C. has been one of the deadliest cities in terms of gang violence in the United States, and the nightly reports of shootings on the TV news makes it easy to believe that guns are the problem. But what isn’t stated in those news reports is the fact that all of those guns being used are illegally present in the district, and the crimes committed by legal gun owners can be safely rounded down to zero.
Washington, D.C. and its city council wants to use legal gun owners as the scapegoat for all the ills of “gun violence.” They want to blame average law-abiding citizens for the violence taking place in their city instead of looking at the actual causes of crime. They would rather ostracize an entire group of people simply because it “feels right” and is the easy solution instead of examining the deeper and more important root causes. It’s evidence of a lazy mind and a lack of analytical abilities, something common to gun control activists. And KKK members. And Nazis, for that matter. All of whom want to identify and ostracize a certain group of people within their communities, rights be damned.