For the left, no amount of gun control will be enough. Like a cruel joke, liberals who clamor for more and more gun control measures continue to endanger lives as they perpetually move the line at which they will be satisfied. Like with so many bullies, appeasement only seems to encourage continual demands.
This is the case in California. As the nation once again ponders the efficacy of undermining the Second Amendment in a Quixotic quest to cure gun violence, one of the country’s most-liberal states is considering something drastic: requiring point-of-sale background checks to purchase ammunition.
California’s Lt. Governor, Gavin Newsom, is a dedicated Democrat who hopes to be California’s next governor in 2018. To do that, he is following the path too-many irrelevant politicians have tread and is targeting the Second Amendment to win favor with those who hate America’s most-important freedom.
Newsom joined with the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence in announcing an initiative that he hopes will further burden law-abiding citizens of the Golden State and in 2016, Californians will vote on a November ballot that seeks to require citizens to turn-in so-called “large capacity” magazines capable of holding 11 or more rounds and which would require citizens to invite government into their lives by forcing gun owners to report when a firearm is stolen.
Most controversial, however, is the provision within the anti-Second Amendment package that would require citizens to undergo a background check when they purchase ammunition.
Dealers would also be required to obtain licenses to sell ammunition similar to those licenses required to sell firearms.
Newsom is, predictably, sounding the alarm and pretending as if such provisions could possibly help curb gun violence. In reality, such provisions run contrary to the tried-and-true national trend that demonstrates that looser gun laws creates lower violent crime rates. States like New York, New Jersey and Illinois have similarly draconian anti-Second Amendment laws and remain some of the most-dangerous states in which to reside.
The NRA, one of America’s oldest civil rights organizations, came-out strong against the promise of such restrictive and unconstitutional legislation:
Newsom’s proposed initiatives read like a laundry list of recent, failed California legislation.
Unsurprisingly, these proposals would only burden law-abiding Californians’ right to defend themselves while doing little, if anything, to punish the criminal misuse of firearms or promote public safety. Similar proposals in other states have proven ineffective and even impossible to implement.
Newsom also seems unaware that point-of-sale ammunition restrictions were once required under federal law, but Congress eliminated the provisions under the advice of the then head of ATF, Stephen E. Higgins, who noted that the government had “recognized that the current recordkeeping requirements for ammunition have no substantial law enforcement value.” But, perhaps Newsom believes he is more informed on firearm policy than the former director of the federal agency charged with regulating firearms.
If Newsom were actually interested in addressing the criminal misuse of firearms rather than engaging in political grandstanding for the 2018 governor’s race, he might be interested in looking at the negative effects of Prop. 47, which, among other things, reduced the penalties for firearm theft and possession of a stolen firearm. For someone claiming to seek solutions for “gun violence,” addressing a main source for black market firearms would seemingly be a good place to start.
The central question at the heart of gun control efforts needs to be addressed: how many gun control laws are enough?
The line continues to move and on the rare occasion that liberals receive a victory, they never stop. From background checks to bans on scary-looking rifles, the left has never offered a clear, coherent message that articulates their goals when it comes to gun control.
There’s a very simple reason for that: should they announce that their true, long-term aim is to outlaw individual firearm ownership or, worse yet, mount a gun confiscation effort, they would encounter significant resistance. The left’s anti-Second Amendment crusade hinges on a vocal group of useful idiots who claim that they are not against gun ownership, but still clamor for “commonsense” gun control measures.
In truth, however, the ultimate goal of gun control groups is not to earn a modest victory and feel contented by this effort, but to continue until each law-abiding American is stripped of his or her right to bear arms and left to the mercy of the criminal element who will not and cannot be disarmed.