Today’s Seattle Times reports on a case in Snohomish County involving a 15-year-old who accidentally shot his brother in the face with a handgun he illegally purchased, and apparently had good reason to believe was stolen; a transaction that underscores the shallow “victory” enjoyed by gun prohibitionists with last year’s passage of Initiative 594.
That was the measure passed by some 59 percent of voters following a $10 million-plus campaign that shouldn’t have cost a penny. After all, proponents claimed repeatedly, 80 to 90 percent of the public supports the so-called “universal background checks” mandated by the initiative, but it cost a fortune to get far less than that number to actually pass a measure that should have been a shoo-in.
And now, as affirmed by the Snohomish County case, people can see just how deceptive a notion that initiative created. The kid who pulled the trigger, without having gone through a background check, seems to be headed in a particular direction, too, as published reports say he was the victim of a drive-by only a few months earlier.
Meanwhile, the Chicago Tribune reported yesterday that the Thanksgiving holiday weekend saw eight more people murdered and 20 others wounded. That’s hardly an endorsement of a 2013 “gun violence tax” adopted in Cook County that was supposed to reduce the mayhem in the Chicago metropolitan area; a tax that has been copied in Seattle with essentially the same sales job. Since the gun tax was adopted in Cook County, Chicago homicides have actually increased.
Today in the Washington Post, David Kopel has written a piece for the Volokh Conspiracy headlined “The costs and consequences of gun control.” Kopel is research director at the Independence Institute in Denver and adjunct professor at the Denver University, Sturm College of Law. His article today should be considered required reading for Cook County and Seattle residents who actually think a gun violence tax is a swell idea.
Many of the gun prohibitionists who favor gun taxes and voted for I-594 because they “want to do something” about violent crime are among those supporting restored funds to the Centers for Disease Control to resume “gun violence research.” They have completely swallowed, without tasting, the claim that the so-called “gun lobby” pushed to stop CDC funding for such research because it reveals “facts” they want kept quiet.
However, a candid perspective of the gun violence research ban is found today in The Hill, authored by Dr. Timothy Wheeler, founder of Doctors For Responsible Gun Ownership. DRGO is now a project of the Second Amendment Foundation. Wheeler’s retrospective about why Congress pulled CDC gun control research funding is revealing.
Taken separately, these reports may not generate much interest. But, considered as components of a larger effort aimed at pubic disarmament while reducing the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms to the level of a heavily-regulated government privilege, there should be cause for much head shaking.
These are all red flag signals that gun control is and has been an abject failure, say Second Amendment proponents, and the proof is right there in plain sight. All of these measures and “research” efforts are aimed not at preventing or solving violent crime, but at discouraging people from exercising a civil right.
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