Earlier today we asked what you think the Civilian Disarmament Industrial Complex’s reaction would be after Santa Fe, given that the murderer didn’t use anything that they can reasonably characterize as a “weapon of war.” The Santa Fe shooter managed to kill or wound 20 people using two “ordinary” guns; a shotgun and a revolver. Even Diane Feinstein isn’t stupid enough to hold a Model 629 up in front of the cameras and proclaim, “We can’t have guns like this on America’s streets!”
A number of you figured that the fig leaf would finally drop…that all the happy crappy about only banning “military-style” firearms or “just” semi-automatics would now be tossed over the side in favor of a little long-overdue candor.
As has been clear for decades, the long game goal has always been, at minimum, an Australian-style “buyback” of most civilian-owned guns and, ideally, total civilian disarmament featuring wholesale confiscation. It’s the secret, dearly-held dream that all the hoplophobic harridans, civic-minded billionaires and statist politicians have always harbored, but never dared to speak of.
We saw a few more furtive mentions of the idea after Parkland. A desiccated, retired Supreme Court justice here, an inconveniently honest post or op-ed there, but mostly the gun control crowd dutifully maintained the fiction that they really aren’t after all the guns. All they want is a few, common-sense gun safety reforms that, surely, reasonable people can agree to.
But as many of you predicted, if ever there was a time we’re likely to see that convenient fiction dropped, it’s now. Now that another psycho kid, looking to reenact the atrocities of earlier moral deficients, has shown that an AR-15 isn’t required.
Well it’s already started. Case in point, an open to the NRA from Esquire’s editor at large, Dave Holmes, entitled, ‘Okay, Now I Actually Do Want To Take Your Guns’ . . .
Hey there, NRA:
Listen, I know the moments after a gunman opens fire in a school are hectic for you. You have to get your talking points together, you have to mentally prepare to debate a traumatized yet sensible child, you have to look at yourself in the mirror and practice saying that more guns would have made the situation less deadly. It’s a busy time! And since we are always either in the moments after or the moments before a mass shooting, you’re pretty much always busy, I have noticed!
Anyway, I just wanted to drop you a line and let you know that I now actually do want to take your guns.
All of your guns.
Read the rest here.