Mike “The Gun Guy” continues his ascendancy within the anti-gun rights mainstream media. Writing for The New York Times, Mr. Weisser wants readers to know that some guns are more deadly than, uh, other guns. And thus deserve to be banned for civilian ownership. Like this:
But if we learned one thing from Orlando, it’s that different guns, no matter what you call them, have different degrees of lethality. A Remington Model 700 bolt-action hunting rifle is plenty lethal if Bambi is standing 300 yards downrange, but the Orlando shooter, Omar Mateen, wouldn’t have done much damage if he had somehow gotten a Remington 700 into the club. Yet right now we spend as much time, energy and money regulating the Remington 700 as we spend regulating a Sig-Sauer MCX, the military-style, semi-auto weapon used by Mateen. That flies in the face of common sense.
What about the lethality of handguns — which account for the majority of all firearms-related homicides? Mr. Weisser has an answer for that!
The issue should not be regulating guns per se, but regulating the lethality of guns based on how they are designed and used. From the perspective of preventing gun violence, small, concealable handguns are much more lethal than long-barreled pistols used for target shooting at a range. Semi-automatic assault-style rifles with 30-round mags are much more lethal than a semi-auto hunting rifle with a capacity of five rounds.
So Mr. Weisser wants to regulate “small concealable” handguns differently from “long barreled pistols.” I wonder where Mr.Weisser draws the line. Guns with four inch barrels and less? What about the “full-size” GLOCKs the Virginia Tech killer used to murder 32 people and injure 17 more?
Never mind. Full speed ahead!
The landmark 2008 District of Columbia v. Heller case gave Americans constitutional protection to keep a loaded handgun in their homes for self-defense. The majority opinion recognized a long-standing ‘tradition’ of handgun ownership for personal protection; but it did not define the type of handgun that might be kept in the home. Does the affirmation of the right to use a handgun for self-defense prevent government from regulating specific types of self-defense guns? Of course not.
Of course not? Of course NOT. Lest we forget the Second Amendment says nothing about caliber, weapon type or action type. Anyway, props to Mike “The Gun Guy” for not using the words “assault rifle” once. Or not.
All guns are lethal, but we won’t actually reduce gun violence unless we recognize that some guns are more lethal than others. They are more lethal because they are designed to kill people much faster than other guns or are so small they can be carried and used in furtive ways. To make a real dent in gun violence we need to regulate the process for acquiring guns, but we also have to make it easier to track and control the most lethal kinds of weapons, even when they are owned by law-abiding folks.
So, ban small guns (of some indeterminate size) and “assault weapons” and register them all! Mike wants America to sled down the slippery slope to civilian disarmament. And the Times is good with that. Cold dead hands and all that.