The mainstream media and anti-gun politicians constantly preach that they are pushing gun control because they want a safer world (usually for “the children”). It would be easier to have a conversation about guns with these people if they actually were focused on safety, but that is not and has never been their real goal.
No, gun control is not about safety. It is about control.
Want proof? How about when anti-gunner politicians shoot down a bill which would increase the legal penalty when a firearm is used in the committing of a crime? No, I’m not kidding. Cam Edwards writes,
While Virginia Democrats are merrily approving gun control laws aimed at the state’s legal gun owners, they apparently aren’t interested in focusing on violent criminals who use firearms in the commission of a crime.
HB 1175 would have increased the penalty for using or brandishing a firearm while committing certain felonies, which seems like a pretty common sense bill to me. Instead, members of the House Public Safety Committee rejected the measure on Tuesday, while approving a number of gun bills that are meant to restrict the rights of legal gun owners in the name of public safety.
Of course, Del. Helmer also says closing the National Rifle Association range is going to save lives instead of making it harder for northern Virginia gun owners to find a range and train with their firearms, so I don’t exactly consider him an expert on “reasonable” gun laws. I see him as more of an anti-gun zealot intent on stripping people of their constitutionally protected rights, to be honest.
The Virginia Shooting Sports Association noted that several gun control advocates lobbied against the bill as well.
So they’re okay with making it a felony to continue to possess your 15-round magazine or to transfer a firearm without a background check, but the status quo is fine when it comes to punishing those who use guns in the commission of a crime. Think about that for a second.
Think about this for a minute. If anti-gunner legislators really want to decrease gun violence and they think that laws will do that, then you would think that they would support laws that make the penalty greater for violent crime using a firearm.
But I guess that isn’t so.
So much for gun control being about safety.