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Cam’s Corner | It Turns Out They Really Are After Your Guns

Cam’s Corner | It Turns Out They Really Are After Your Guns

No one wants to take your guns away. You’ve been told that as a gun owner for years now, right? You’re crazy or paranoid to think that anyone calling for “common-sense gun laws” or “reasonable regulation” actually wants to do anything with your guns. Nobody wants to take your guns. 

Except for The New York Times, which published its first front-page editorial in 95 years to push for sweeping gun bans and confiscation. As the paper’s editorial staff opined: “Certain kinds of weapons … must be outlawed for civilian ownership. It’s possible to define those guns in a clear and effective way, and yes, it would require Americans who own those kinds of weapons to give them up for the good of their fellow citizens.”   

So no one wants to take your guns, except The New York Times. Oh, and George Washington University professor Amitai Etzioni. He wants to take your guns, too. Writing at the Huffington Post website, Etzioni pointed out that bans on semi-automatic firearms and background checks on all transfers of firearms are ineffective half-measures. It’s “the big enchilada” (as Etzioni puts it) that anti-gun activists should be agitating for—domestic disarmament

“Make the gun manufacturers liable for harm done with their products. Ban the sale of ammunition,” Etzioni proclaims. “Domestic disarmament is a true, compelling vision which cannot be said about the small gun-control measures that are currently promoted by the most enlightened among us.”   

So no one wants to take your guns away except The New York Times and a college professor. Oh, and this college professor and Salon columnist who says that since we banned lawn darts back in the late ’80s, we should ban firearms today. 

You know, I’m starting to think that anti-gun activists actually DO want to take our guns away. Probably because they’re flat-out telling us so. 

Law professor, blogger and all-around good guy Glenn Reynolds says talk like this is “stray voltage,” a distraction designed to keep us talking about things other than what a miserable job the president is doing fighting ISIS, improving the economy and securing our standing in the world. This dramatic push for gun control also distracts us from scandals like the dozens of CENTCOM analysts who say that their intelligence reports about ISIS were changed to reflect a more optimistic position, despite their concerns about the growing strength of the terror state. You know, I’m starting to think that anti-gun activists actually DO want to take our guns away.

This “stray voltage” argument might be true, though it doesn’t necessarily explain why we’re seeing such vocal arguments in favor of scrapping the Second Amendment by force, if necessary. They could mount their usual calls for more restrictive laws that criminals won’t obey, but this time they’re going for broke. I suspect their push for dismembering the Bill of Rights is made sincerely, even if it serves a broader political purpose as well. 

Democratic presidential candidates Martin O’Malley and Hillary Clinton have been trying to outdo each other when it comes to gun-control proposals, but it’s not likely either will enthusiastically endorse gun confiscations in this political environment (although Hillary did speak favorably of Australian gun confiscation). Instead, we’ll likely see a continuation of the current gun-control strategy—a push to focus on background checks and a call to ban semi-automatic rifles. Their stated goals are bad enough, but it’s what they and their supporters really want that should get every gun owner active and involved this election year. 

They really do want to take your guns away. They really do want to eradicate a constitutionally protected right, through executive actions if necessary. They want a Supreme Court that will relegate the Heller decision to the dustbin of history alongside the Dred Scott and Plessy v. Ferguson decisions. It’s up to us, the grassroots army of the NRA, 5 million strong (and growing), to turn out the vote, and that work begins long before Election Day. We’ve got a big year ahead of us, and we’ll be covering all the big issues, as well as your hard work, on NRA News “Cam & Co.”