We’ve chronicled before the fact that many anti-gunners—who we frequently call “gun-banners,” much to their chagrin—push for restrictive gun control, but secretly want to ban all gun ownership in America. They know how extreme—and how obviously unconstitutional—that position is, so few actually voice such an opinion in public.
In just the past few weeks, sweeping gun bans and confiscation have been touted by academics, major newspapers and some politicians. But nobody has stated the desire to ban ALL guns in America more clearly—nor more offensively, toward law-abiding gun owners—than Phoebe Maltz Bovy in a recent op-ed posted on the New Republic’s website.
Bovy, an American living in Canada, writes:
“Ban guns. All guns. Get rid of guns in homes, and on the streets, and, as much as possible, on police. Not just because of San Bernardino, or whichever mass shooting may pop up next, but also not not because of those. Don’t sort the population into those who might do something evil or foolish or self-destructive with a gun and those who surely will not. As if this could be known—as if it could be assessed without massively violating civil liberties and stigmatizing the mentally ill. Ban guns! Not just gun violence. Not just certain guns. Not just already-technically-illegal guns. All of them.”
I can say one thing for Bovy—at least she says what she thinks. And she didn’t stop there:
“The national conversation needs to shift from one extreme—an acceptance, ranging from complacent to enthusiastic, of an individual right to own guns—to another, which requires people who are not politicians to speak their minds. And this will only happen if the Americans who are quietly convinced that guns are terrible speak out.”
Reading the entire op-ed reveals that Bovy’s argument is actually a simple one, and quite easily explained. Guns are bad. Gun owners are bad. People who don’t want to ban ALL guns are bad.
It’s easy to scoff—even to laugh out loud—at simple-minded people like Bovy. But in truth, the situation isn’t funny, as there are surely many others in the gun-ban movement who believe such nonsense. These are the same people who don’t care a whit about whether you can protect yourself and your family when an armed, violent home intruder kicks down your door. Violent crime is a complicated problem—certainly one that cannot be solved by confiscating guns from law-abiding Americans, while at the same time leaving criminals armed to the teeth.
If asked, I have no doubt Bovy would tell you that banning all guns is just “common sense.” That should make us all leery the next time we hear President Barack Obama, Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton or any other politician or gun-ban advocate tout their “common-sense” gun safety measures.