Few causes manage to rival the idiocy of the American gun control movement. After Representative Diana DeGette (D-CO) apparently thought that magazines weren’t reusable, or after Senator Kevin de Leon (D-CA) held up a rifle he claimed could empty a .30 caliber clip in half a second, it should be clear that these people are clueless.
But just in case anyone forgot or was still on the fence, the anti-gun left decided to showcase its boundless ignorance yet again as activists marched on the NRA headquarters Saturday, August 4. These concerned citizens – rallied by the National Organization for Change and a couple of Parkland students – demanded that the organization lose its tax-free status, proposed such genius “common sense” gun control measures as banning “fully semiautomatic” weapons, and claimed that the NRA had blood on its hands for spreading the firearms that kill children.
Yet for all their alleged common sense, these enlightened fools were blind to the true irony of their situation: Their willful ignorance is far more dangerous to the safety of the American people than any firearm in the hands of a deranged killer could ever be.
Negotiating with Madmen
In addition to revoking the tax-exempt status of the NRA, they had the following demands:
Universal, comprehensive background checks – They expect all transfers, even private sales, to comply. Never mind the privacy issue here, there’s another major problem with this. Where in the Second Amendment does it say anyone is excluded from the people?
Bring the ATF into the 21st century – They want a digitized, searchable database. And what data would it hold?
Funds for the Center for Disease Control to research gun violence epidemic in America – They falsely argue that the Dickey Amendment blocks the CDC from researching gun violence. The CDC does, in fact, collect data on gun violence – It’s one of my favorite resources for proving how uninformed these people are.
High-capacity magazine ban – Fewer bullets means less time shooting. True, but negligibly so. At least they didn’t argue (here) that rifles with high capacity magazines are used in more shootings than any other weapon.
Assault weapons ban – No more weapons of war! But don’t worry; they don’t target handguns and revolvers, of course. “An assault weapon shall be defined as any weapon of a caliber higher than .30 caliber or more and any long gun or short barreled rifle that fires in semi-automatic and takes self-loading magazines.” Oh, well maybe they do. Bye-bye .44 mag and .45 ACP – amongst other pistol and revolver rounds, both popular and obscure.
Stop access to downloadable gun blueprints online by passing these bills – They’re behind and actively advocating for the 3D Printing Safety Act and Untraceable Firearms Act. The idea of DIY firearms is the stuff of nightmares for these people. So, how’s this for a bedwetting thought? It’s legal and not all that uncommon for people to order 80% milled AR and AK receivers and build their own unregistered – and serial number free – rifles. And the jig, drill press, and Dremel tool required to do so cost considerably less than a 3D printer.
The Danger of Ignorance
While the organizers and their Twitter minions belittled anyone who argued against them by calling them paranoid and assured the nation that no one said we should ban guns all together, that is, in fact, exactly what some of the protesters suggested. The NRA posted a video to Twitter, showing protesters arguing that all “fully semiautomatics” should be banned. The people shown didn’t know what made a semiautomatic; one even suggested it was the number of rounds that could be fired, or perhaps the type of ammunition, that made some guns semi-auto. One person holding a sign labeling her a teacher couldn’t describe or define a bump stock. The same so-called educator thought that an AR-15 was anything with “automatic loading and refiring.” Another openly advocated the repeal of the Second Amendment all together, saying that civilians didn’t need guns or any other weapon that could kill people in “an instant of a second.”
It’s reasonable to assume that the NRA only showed the crème de la crème of moronic answers, but that doesn’t change the fact that these uninformed people are marching – and presumably voting – against the Second Amendment. Despite this passion, they refuse to put in the minimal effort required to educate themselves on the issue. They would rather make complete fools of themselves publicly and advocate for the revocation of rights they don’t understand.