How The Left Tries To Trick Gun Owners Into Supporting Gun Control
Giffords Gun Control Group has created a new unit called Gun Owners for Safety to fuel the organization’s recent efforts to attack the second change. This group markets itself to American gun owners who they claim are “looking for an alternative to the NRA … but [who] also wants to reduce gun violence. “However, the past two decades have shown that fake gun rights groups like Gun Owners for Safety are always smoke-safe for the same, tired gun control agenda of Giffords, the Brady Campaign, and others like them.
This agenda, which includes banning modern sporting rifles, is unpopular with gun owners and was conceived without input from the firearms industry. Indeed, this industry has proposed and implemented truly effective firearm safety proposals for decades.
Giffords is not a friend of gun owners
Gifford’s recent iteration of a gun control group made up of gun owners is a disguise of the facts. The landing page of the group’s website is a front. It contains a picture of a hunter and a salad of words that talk about gun ownership, sound gun laws, and reducing violence. It lists its principles as respect, devotion, and compassion, as if those qualities were reserved exclusively for those who advocate the group’s gun control ideals.
According to this illusion is the truth. The so-called sane gun control ideas are really the radical proposals of ideologues like failed presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke. Giffords’ gun control measures would criminalize private firearms transfers, enact a national licensing system for Americans to exercise Second Amendment rights, enact mandatory storage requirements for homes that the Supreme Court has already ruled unconstitutional, and prohibition, prohibition, prohibition.
Giffords seeks to ban the sale of precursor firearm parts to homemade hobbyists, which has always been legal, and to ban the best-selling center fire rifle on the market, the modern day sporting rifle. There are more than 18 million in circulation. The group also wants to ban the standard capacity magazines used in these rifles, which account for more than half of all existing magazines. If Giffords had their way, open and licensed covert transportation would also be gone, and the group would repeal laws protecting homeowners forced to defend their lives in their own homes.
Gun control groups have already tried this
This is not the first time that a gun control group has pretended to advocate the interests of gun owners. The campaign to mark restrictive gun control systems as moderate proposals backed by gun owners began shortly after the Clinton administration when some of the president’s former staff, funded by gun control billionaire Andrew McKelvey, founded Americans for Gun Safety.
Like Giffords’ Gunsighters for Security, Americans for Gunsecurity claimed to offer gunowners-sponsored “sensible” solutions to gun violence. However, among the proposals he supported included limiting magazine capacity, banning modern sporting rifles, and introducing universal background checks. Sound familiar? When the group made no progress on their agenda for years, McKelvey eventually lost interest and stopped funding.
Another “anti-gun wolf in sheep’s clothing” rushed onto the national stage in 2006 with the establishment of the American Hunters and Shooters Association. Under the leadership of former NFL player Ray Schoenke, who became a gun catcher, the group’s board consisted of other people with extensive anti-weapon pedigrees to fight the so-called “extreme positions of the NRA”. The association is believed to have taken in America’s left by partnering with well-known anti-gun zealot billionaire Michael Bloomberg and supporting the then-Sen. Barack Obama for President in 2008.
Additionally, the American Hunters and Shooters Association approved Sonia Sotomayor for the 2009 Supreme Court. After approved by the bank, it contradicted the landmark case of the second McDonald v Chicago amendment, in which the majority affirmed the right of Americans to “keep and bear arms,” and said it applies to state and local governments. This group was also forgotten and ceased operations. Sound familiar?
Giffords is a threat to the second change
Some refer to Giffords’ Gun Control Group as an attempt to split off gun owners in the weeks leading up to the presidential election. Others see this as just another wolf in sheep’s clothing. The truth is that Giffords poses a threat to all rights of the Second Amendment and is spending a lot of money to get what it wants.
Gifford’s Political Action Committee spent nearly $ 9 million buying the desired gun control candidates in Congress, including Mark Kelly, who is running for the Democratic ticket to the U.S. Senate in Arizona and is Gifford’s co-founder and husband of the former U.S. Representative Gabby Giffords. In Colorado, money was also spent on then-Senate candidate John Hickenlooper, who as governor of his state infamously banned standard-capacity magazines. Giffords’ list of endorsements is a veritable who’s who of gun legislation.
Giffords, who today with his group Gun Owners for Safety joins the failed poseurs, will in time also come to the conclusion that American gun owners are not so easily deceived by Potemkin villages that are supposed to cover up radical gun robbery policies.
Lawrence G. Keane is Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the association for the firearms industry.