One of the things that make this work so hard: gun control advocates pretend they’re against gun confiscation. Its Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America – not Moms Demand Civilian Disarmament. It Americans for Responsible Solutions – not Americans to Eliminate the Second Amendment. It’s The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence – not The Brady Campaign for Gun Confiscation. Gun control groups and their camp followers will never admit their true goal is to deprive Americans of their natural, civil and Constitutional right to keep and bear arms, even as they work tirelessly to degrade and destroy Americans’ firearms freedom. TTAG is Toto, pulling the curtain back on the man behind the curtain. And here he is, warming-up with a tepid endorsement of New Jersey’s expanded gun buyback program . . .
Gun buyback programs are not going to reduce murders in cities like Newark and Camden. Studies have found that buyback programs don’t have much effect overall on either gun crime or gun-related injury rates.
They don’t directly target the guns that are more likely to be used in violence, and in general, the guns collected haven’t overlapped much with crime guns. These are old weapons that some middle-aged guy found in his basement. What criminal is going to trade in his $700 Bushmaster for $250 from the state?
The biggest problem with this approach, though, is that it tiptoes around the one reform that could really make a difference, but that Americans would never accept: Mandatory gun buybacks. That’s what Australia did, after its own version of Newtown.
Paging Mr. Orwell! Will George Orwell please report to the Citizens’ Committee for Euphemistic Positivism? In case you hadn’t guessed it, “mandatory gun buybacks” is Orwellian double-speak for “gun confiscation.”
Following a mass shooting in Tasmania that left 35 dead, Austrialia banned semiautomatic and automatic rifles and shotguns, and required all the newly banned weapons to be bought back by the government. This cut the number of gun-owning households by as much as half.
Wait. nj.com (“True Jersey”) wants to halve the number of “gun-owning households”? I thought the editorial was based on a distinction between “old weapons that some middle-aged guy found in his basement” and criminals with $700 Bushmasters? Ignoring the false assumption that criminals favor $700 modern sporting rifles, nj.com is asserting that the best way to get guns out of criminals hands is to get – and keep – guns out of everyone’s hands.
And that’s why we use the term civilian disarmament to describe gun control. Because gun control advocates will not stop until Americans are disarmed.
The mandatory buybacks were also accompanied by a uniform national system for licensing and registering firearms. Gun owners have to present a “genuine reason” to buy a weapon. A claim of self-defense isn’t enough unless you have an occupational need to carry a gun.
An occupation like . . . policeman? Can’t have a police state without the police! Anyway check out this conclusion, remembering that gun control advocates say armed Americans who fear a police state are delusional.
We understand this is not going to happen. Neither American courts nor most of the public would support it. As a nation we remain wedded to the delusion that gun ownership stops crime.
And there was no corresponding increase in homicides or suicides that didn’t involve firearms. In other words, people weren’t just switching to other methods of violence — when guns weren’t as easily available, they weren’t acting on these impulses at all.
So do all the voluntary gun buybacks you want. But until they are mandatory, and our society can see past its hysteria over “gun confiscation,” don’t expect it to make much difference.
So gun owners have to get over their “hysteria” over “gun confiscation” so society can get on with the business of gun confiscation. Sorry, “mandatory gun buybacks.” The day that happens is the day that the American Dream officially dies. I know I speak for tens of millions of Americans when I say, not on my watch.