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From The Editor | The Drip, Drip, Drip of Gun Bans

From The Editor | The Drip, Drip, Drip of Gun Bans

The recent announcement that the last gun shop in San Francisco will be closing at the end of this month reveals a side of gun-ban advocates that should never be underestimated—even though they are wrong in their views on private firearm ownership, they never relent. 

High Bridge Arms, a gun store operated by Japan native Masashi Takahashi in the gun-ban hotbed of San Francisco, Calif., was opened 63 years ago by former NRA Board member and Olympic shooter Bob Chow. Over the past several decades, city officials have, year after year, relentlessly pushed scheme upon scheme to pass increasingly restrictive regulations. Finally, the council’s recent vote to “require firearms dealers to install, maintain, and operate video surveillance equipment and to transmit records of all ammunition sales to the Police Department” was the straw that broke the proverbial camel’s back. High Bridge Arms will close Oct. 31. 

The situation can be compared to so-called “Chinese water torture,” a constant dripping of water onto a prisoner’s forehead until he allegedly goes mad. This drip, drip, drip has become a favorite tactic of gun-banners from the local to the federal level. Politicians and the leaders of various gun-ban groups know requiring background checks on all sales—even private transactions between friends and family—won’t stop mass shootings.

Consider so-called “universal” background checks. Politicians and the leaders of various gun-ban groups know requiring background checks on all sales—even private transactions between friends and family—won’t stop mass shootings. All they have to do is look at past shootings and see that in nearly every case the murderer passed a background check. In fact, a recent survey of Chicago criminals on how they got their guns shows that nearly all guns used in violent crime wouldn’t have been affected by such background checks. After all, criminals, by definition, don’t follow any laws—much less gun laws. 

In truth, the goal of these “universal” background checks proponents is to create a registration system so the government has a record of gun buyers and gun owners. And as history has proven time and again, registration leads to confiscation. Yet each and every time a criminal misuses a firearm, gun haters run to the microphone and—drip, drip, drip—say we must—drip, drip, drip—pass—drip, drip, drip—“universal” background checks. 

It’s the same with so-called “assault weapons” bans—another long-term goal for gun-banners. When a deranged gunman shot a Virginia television reporter and cameraman with a handgun, anti-gun groups used the murders to—drip, drip, drip—call for an “assault weapons” ban when a rifle wasn’t even used in the murders. In truth, the leaders of these groups know that banning popular AR-15-type semi-automatic rifles won’t change things. The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) even commissioned an independent study back in 2004 that concluded, “We cannot clearly credit the ban with any of the nation’s recent drop in gun violence. And, indeed, there has been no discernible reduction in the lethality and injuriousness of gun violence.” Yet gun-banners will rant and rave about “assault weapons,” hoping that some day those who fight for freedom—drip, drip, drip—will become weary of the battle—drip, drip, drip—and simply give up.

Here’s the takeaway on this: We can never, ever let the endless barrage of assaults on our right to keep and bear arms by gun-banners wear us down to the point where we don’t do everything in our power to protect our Second Amendment-protected rights. Those who would make it more difficult for law-abiding Americans to practice our right to keep and bear arms because of the action of violent criminals—who won’t follow such laws—will never let up. We can’t, either.