The Democrats and the anti-gun groups such as Moms Demand Action and Everytown For Gun Safety want to take away the rights of law-abiding gun owners. Period. End of story.
Ask their members this question: what group do you oppose most fervently? They will answer that it is the NRA. Who does the NRA represent? They represent millions of legal, law abiding gun owners. Ask an anti-gunner to provide the name of just one NRA member that was involved in a mass shooting. They can’t.
Being that groups like Moms Who Hate Guns and Everytown For Gun Safety have made it their number one goal to“fight the NRA”, you would think they would have a significant amount of stats that show a preponderance of NRA members to be involved in illegal gun activities or gun violence. They don’t. The vast majority of gun related crimes are committed by criminals who have obtained their weapons illegally, so you can bet your Kentucky Derby money that they aren’t NRA members.
But, no matter, Saul Alinsky’s rule # 8 in Rules For Radicals applies here. Facts do not.
Rule 8: Keep the pressure on. Use different tactics and actions and use all events of the period for your purpose. “The major premise for tactics is the development of operations that will maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition. It is this that will cause the opposition to react to your advantage.”
The NRA is not only made up of millions of law abiding citizens, but untold millions more who are not members hold a favorable view of the NRA. A recent poll from Gallop showed that 58% of Americans hold a favorable view of the NRA. Try and find a politician of any party that enjoys a nearly 60% favorable rating with Americans. Good luck.
Group after group find it imperative to “stop the NRA.” But try to find a group that focuses on prosecuting those who violate current gun laws. Google “prosecute gun law violators.” See any group with this as a mandate? Nope. There are none. Now Google “stop gun lobby.” Yep, all kinds of groups appear.
One group that you’ll see is “The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.” Peruse that site and let me know if you see ANY mention of prosecuting those who break our current gun laws. Silence. What you will find are articles that state that the majority of legal gun owners are “angry,” “impulsive.” “paranoid,” “drunks,” and “racists.” This group apparently believes that disparaging and insulting law abiding, legal gun owners will somehow further their cause to “stop gun violence.”
Do you want to know what group fights fervently to prosecute gun law violators? THE NRA. The NRA has fought tirelessly to have already existing guns laws enforced. However, under the Obama Administration, gun law violation prosecutions have plummeted. What is the point for more gun laws if violators do not risk prosecution if they break them?
Case in point is Washington State’s I-594, which passed a couple of years ago. This Initiative was the nation’s first “universal background check.” It closed the so-called “gun show loophole” and forced all private sellers of guns to facilitate the sale of their gun through a federally licensed gun dealer (FFL) and submit the buyer to a background check.
It passed due to a misinformation campaign put forward by the Alliance For Gun Responsibility and backed by billionaires with a war chest of over $11,000,000 (versus the opposition’s $600,000,) but what the hay, it’s all for the “public good,” right?
The result? Since passage, there have been ZERO arrests, prosecutions or convictions. The backers and supporters of the measure are quick to state that in the first year since passage, fifty “felons” buying guns from private sellers who went through the new required background check were blocked from doing so. They fail to point out that in the same period, “the vast majority of blocked sales to felons in Washington state — 3,950 — occurred at licensed firearm dealers.”
OK, so let’s see – 50 felons were prevented from buying a gun via a private sale due to I-594. Well, what does that mean? It means that they LIED on their Form 4473 where it clearly states: “I understand that making any false oral or written statement, or exhibiting any false or misrepresented identification on this transaction, is a crime punishable as a felony under Federal law, and may also violate State and/or local law.”
However, there has been no massive outcry from the Alliance For Gun Responsibility to prosecute these individuals. Now that those buyers know they cannot legally buy a gun through a legitimate channel due to backgrounds checks, do you think they will simply give up trying to acquire a firearm?
They could be prevented from doing so if they were prosecuted, a goal the anti-gun groups have no interest in pursuing.