In a hand-wringing press release published at Insider NJ, Union County Freeholder Chair Bette Jane Kowalski may have unintentionally provided a “Well, Duh!” observation to gun control proponents across America’s political landscape that their crusade against gun rights is an abject failure.
While supporting more restrictions on gun ownership, Kowalski stated, “We already have some of the strongest gun laws in the country. However, more action is required to stop the 2,000-plus shootings that occur each year in New Jersey.”
Those “strong gun laws” were all supposed to have prevented the shootings about which Ms. Kowalski is alarmed. What went wrong? Where is the “loophole” in need of closing?
The proverbial missing link in all of this is the one thing that anti-gunners, and especially anti-gun-rights New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy—and people like him all over the country—stubbornly refuse to acknowledge, much less grasp.
Criminals don’t obey gun control laws.
Insider NJ describes itself as “a nonpartisan website dedicated to political news in the state of New Jersey.” If that is truly the case, then “veteran award-winning reporter and editor Max Pizarro,” who is in charge of “all news content” should demand an explanation from Garden State anti-gunners on the failure of their anti-rights agenda. And they should not be allowed to blame lax gun laws in other states, the National Rifle Association or the Second Amendment for this rights-erosive misfire.
Part of the problem might be traced to the deceptive vocabulary of the gun control movement, which has morphed into a gun prohibition jihad.
Anti-gunners labor to convince the public that their campaign is about “gun reform” or “common sense gun safety.” Writing at Pacific Standard about new gun control laws in various states, writer Brianna Provenzano noted, “The victories are thanks, in part, to the ramped up grassroots efforts of gun-safety groups like Everytown for Gun Safety (which includes the gun violence prevention group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America) and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, which outspent the National Rifle Association by a formidable margin for the first time in recent history during the 2018 midterm elections.”
The only genuine “gun safety” group mentioned in that paragraph is the NRA, which presently has thousands of certified firearms instructors teaching and preaching firearms safety to American gun owners from coast to coast. The other groups constitute the gun prohibition lobby, which are working only to change the right to keep and bear arms into a privilege, say Second Amendment activists.
On the other hand, the Sacramento Bee reported this week, “A survivor of the 2018 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida joined a group of California students to lobby for gun control at the state Capitol on Wednesday.”
Pushing gun control is exactly what those students were doing. And the newspaper quoted teen activist Tyah-Amoy Roberts, identified as “a gun control advocate,” declaring, “Reducing gun violence is important to me because it could have killed me. It killed my classmates.”
But “gun violence” didn’t kill anyone. A former student allegedly did that. Had the weapon been a machete or a bomb, would that have been “machete violence” or “bomb violence?”
It’s about semantics, because words have been weaponized to make demonization of guns very sublime.
Still, the bottom line is that Kowalski identified the problem in New Jersey and everywhere else that has adopted restrictive gun control measures without realizing it.
Bad guys don’t adhere to the law, and they victimize people who do.
The readers of The Armory all understand that criminals do not follow the law and more restrictive gun control laws will never prevent the criminals from their nefarious acts, but do we convince the voting public of that fact?
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