Firearms thefts from gun dealers are on the rise. Gun control advocates are using that problem to agitate for . . . wait for it . . . more gun control. To wit: the latimes.com article Stolen guns are enabling violent crime. Will Congress actually do something about it? Specifically, The Times et al. want the feds creates a safe storage law for gun dealers.
Even as they work to increase dealer security, the NRA and NSSF are dead set against any such legislation. Not only would it add to the expense of gun sales, mandatory federal gun dealer security laws would be the proverbial camel’s nose under the tent for further restricting the way guns are sold.
Not to mention inspiring states to enact “safe storage” laws for gun owners. smartgunlaws.org reports that . . .
Massachusetts is the only state that requires that all firearms be stored with a locking device in place when the firearms are not in use. The state bars storing or keeping any firearm unless it is secured in a locked container or equipped with a tamper-resistant mechanical lock or other safety device.
How does that fit with the Second Amendment’s mandate that “the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed”? It doesn’t.
In the video above (click here to watch), NRA commentator Dana “Clenched Fist of Truth” Loesch tackles the increasingly high-profile “debate” over safe storage. She puts the onus on law enforcement to catch criminals stealing guns, rather than penalizing gun owners for making it “easy” for burglars to steal their firearms.
That’s like shaming a rape survivor. It’s the exact same logic. How about this, how about they make tougher penalties for individuals who steal? Steal firearms. How about they have harsher punishment for those individuals who break the law? These individuals that they are seeking to punish haven’t broken the law. They have been victimized.
Needless to say, Ms. Loesch’s comparison between gun owners and rape survivors has provided yet more Loesch-related grist for the anti-gun mainstream media’s mill.
The truth hurts. The question is, does Ms. Loesch’s incendiary language in support of the Second Amendment as writ hurt the gun rights cause? I’m not saying it does. I’m just asking.