In the wake of the horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, Connecticut rushed to assuage liberals demands and capitalize upon national grief to hurriedly pass reactionary anti-Second Amendment measures aimed at so-called “assault weapons.”
However, none of the measures passed in Connecticut and touted by anti-gun crusaders would have stopped the massacre that produced the reaction by the legislature. Connecticut already maintained an “assault weapons” ban and the rifle used by the shooter, Adam Lanza, was grandfathered-in.
Still, true to form, gun controls advocates were able to gruesomely capitalize upon fear and grief and pass legislation that sounds good, but that was incapable of producing any enhanced safety.
Now, The misleadingly-named Center for American Progress has released a lengthy list of other nonsensical and flagrantly unconstitutional proposed measures for states to adopt and Connecticut governor Dannel Malloy is, predictably, fawning-over the absurd measures and singing the praises of the organization.
“To be sure, not every recommendation is appropriate or feasible in every state. State laws vary widely, and states often face varying challenges when it comes to gun violence. But the list of ideas offered in this report is intended to present wide-ranging options for state executives who are committed to taking real action to address gun violence in their communities.”
What the group failed to mention, however, is how any of the below recommendations are compatible with our Constitutional rights as Americans.
If individual gun ownership were not rights, but were, instead, privileges, the left’s crusade for gun control would be more palatable. The proposals would still fail the basic tests of logic as criminals do not abide by such silly obstacles like “gun-free zone” signs and background checks, but at least the premise behind gun control efforts would not be in flagrant violation of constitutional protections- just commonsense.
Instead, we have groups masquerading as legitimate problem solvers whose solutions hinge upon disarming the law-abiding in order to leave them more vulnerable to criminals who do not follow such laws.
Take a look at the below 28 proposals by the anti-Second Amendment group and let us know what you think. Will any of these proposals help curb gun violence?
Strengthening background checks
1. Issue guidance to licensed gun dealers to encourage them to conduct voluntary background checks on behalf of private sellers.
2. Require background checks for private sales at gun shows that are held on publicly owned property
3. Create an interagency working group to evaluate the state’s progress in providing prohibiting records to the background check system
4. Apply for federal grant funding to improve background check records
5. Ensure that all domestic violence and drug abuse prohibiting records are pre-validated and flagged in the background check system
Enhanced enforcement of current laws.
6. Investigate and prosecute cases in which prohibited individuals attempt to purchase guns from licensed dealers and fail a background check
7. Create a dedicated gun crime investigative unit in state and local police departments to focus on illegal gun trafficking and gun crime
8. Create an illegal gun tip line.
9. Increase the use of technology to solve gun crimes and prevent shootings
10. Implement de-escalation training for police officers and increase the use of independent prosecutors in investigations of police officers who use lethal force
11. Implement a lethality assessment program for officers who are responding to domestic violence calls
12. Implement statewide standardized protocol requiring prohibited domestic abusers to surrender all firearms in their possession
13. Provide guidance to local judges to ensure that they order the surrender of firearms by domestic abusers in appropriate cases
Improved data collection and analysis
14. Require state and local law enforcement agencies to trace all crime guns
15. Conduct an annual review of trace data to identify the largest sources of crimeguns in the state
16. Create an opt-in program for law enforcement agencies across the state toshare trace data
17. Create a review commission to study every gun-related death in the state
18. Improve statewide collection of crime and gun death data
Enhanced community engagement
19. Implement a violence-intervention program in local hospital emergency rooms for gunshot victims
20. Implement community-based programs to prevent violent crime in vulnerable communities
Enhanced oversight of gun carrying
21. Conduct an annual review of concealed-carry permit reciprocity agreements with other states and rescind those agreements with states that fail to meet certain standards
22. Conduct monthly background checks to ensure continued eligibility for individuals who have been issued concealed-carry permits
23. Use existing criminal laws to discourage reckless acts of open carry
Enhanced regulation of the gun industry
24. Increase security measures and improve other business practices of gun dealers
25. Create a grading system for gun dealers that incentivizes adoption of best practices
26. Use state and local buying power to encourage best practices by gun manufacturers and dealers
27. Divest public funds from gun manufacturers that fail to adopt best practices
28. Enforce state sales tax laws on high-volume sellers of guns who have not obtained a federal firearms license