Every time Democrats unveil a new gun control proposal, their message is the same: their bill, if enacted, will save lives. Actually the exact opposite is true.
States have recently rushed to pass new laws in response to a decision the U.S. Supreme Court made last year in New York State Rifle and Pistol Association vs. Bruen.
It held that the Second Amendment prohibits government requiring applicants to prove a “special need” in order to be issued a concealed carry permit.
States that included this requirement are called “may issue” states; others, which comprise the majority, are called “shall issue” states. …
“The main problem is that it really limits where you can carry your gun,” SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb told Newsmax. “They’re trying to imitate and mimic what New York and New Jersey did.” …
“Many more people would have died [in the Greenwood Park Mall shooting] if not for a responsible armed citizen that took action very quickly within the first two minutes of the shooting,” said Greenwood police chief James Ison during a press briefing.
The National Rifle Association agreed.
“We will say it again: The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” the NRA said on Twitter.
But Gottlieb concluded that states like Maryland, New York and New Jersey want to remove that element of a “good guy with a gun.”
“Now you’re penalizing the permit-holders, and not the criminals,” he observed.
As a result, the law “is definitely making Maryland less safe, because it doesn’t stop criminals from misusing guns. It only stops law-abiding people from defending themselves.”
An adage that was popular decades ago went: “when guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns.”
It’s just as true today as it was then.
— Michael Dorstewitz in Most Gun Control Laws Render Us More Unsafe