Gun Control

Will Pandemic Fears Grease the Way for Authoritarian Gun Controls?

Lawmakers are peddling restrictions on self-defense and other rights to a frightened public.

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Draconian bills to restrict self-defense rights have a life of their own in Congress. There's always one lurking in the background, individually unlikely to become law, but ready to be deployed if a suitable high-profile crime or convenient crisis emerges to ease its passage. And that brings us to the "Gun Violence Prevention and Community Safety Act of 2020," a far-reaching bill hovering in the legislative shadows as the COVID-19 pandemic fuels fears around the globe and breaks down barriers to authoritarian measures.

Introduced in the Senate and the House at the end of January by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), the bill would impose federal licensing for guns and ammunition, require universal background checks, ban so-called "assault weapons," outlaw normal-capacity magazines, regulate DIY firearms, and otherwise impose the full wish list of restrictions sought by those who envision armed government ruling over disarmed subjects.

With its massive intrusions into rights deeply cherished by much of the population, the proposed law is a recipe for massive noncompliance, confrontations between people and enforcers, and deepened political divisions. It's also exactly the sort of legislation that is usually dead on arrival, killed by opponents in Congress. But these aren't normal times. Officials with fever dreams of expanded power thrive on the fear generated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"As the coronavirus pandemic brings the world to a juddering halt and anxious citizens demand action, leaders across the globe are invoking executive powers and seizing virtually dictatorial authority with scant resistance," The New York Times warned on March 30.

"The laws are taking swift hold across a broad range of political systems—in authoritarian states like Jordan, faltering democracies like Hungary, and traditional democracies like Britain. And there are few sunset provisions to ensure that the powers will be rescinded once the threat passes," the Times added.

The restrictions described in the article are wide-ranging, covering everything from detaining people, to surveillance, to censorship of speech aimed at politicians and policies.

In the U.S., the Department of Justice floated the idea of indefinite detention—holding people without trial until such time as the emergency ends, if ever. California Gov. Gavin Newsom speculated about the possibility of martial law "if we feel the necessity." Washington D.C.'s Mayor Muriel Bowser wants to arrest anybody who ventures from home for an unapproved reason (and toss them in a virus-ridden jail). And jurisdictions across the country have ordered gun stores—among other "nonessential" businesses—closed for the duration of the crisis (although Los Angeles County and New Jersey are among those that walked back the orders under public pressure and threat of legal action).

These overreaching public officials are enabled by fear.

"All animals experience fear—human beings, perhaps, most of all. Any animal incapable of fear would have been hard pressed to survive," wrote economic historian Robert Higgs in 2005. The author of Crisis and Leviathan (1987), a book-length examination of how bad times drive government to grow in power and scope, Higgs added: "The people who have the effrontery to rule us, who call themselves our government, understand this basic fact of human nature. They exploit it, and they cultivate it."

That's exactly the playbook followed by Warren and Johnson in selling their gun control bill. They play to the fear many members of the public have of dangers beyond their control, and their desire to be "saved" from peril.

"Sweeping Bill Implements a Series of Common-Sense Reforms to Address Deadly Crisis," Warren's and Johnson's joint press release trumpeted on January 30, before the COVID-19 pandemic was more than a glimmer in most government officials' eyes. "This big, bold proposal—which combines and builds upon a number of common-sense measures introduced by my colleagues in Congress—would treat the epidemic of gun violence in the United States like the public health crisis that it is, help protect our children, and make our communities safer."

The press release describes a country rife with violence "in homes and on sidewalks, in schools and supermarkets, in places of worship and workplaces," with the risk especially great for kids. It invokes very scary stuff—deliberately so—in an effort to manipulate the public into supporting greater restrictions on personal liberty.

What Warren and Johnson don't address in their marketing efforts for authoritarian legislation is that "violent crime declined 3.3 percent between 2017 and 2018" according to FBI descriptions of the latest statistics. Or that "the two most commonly cited sources of crime statistics in the U.S. both show a substantial decline in the violent crime rate since it peaked in the early 1990s," as Pew Research noted last fall.

Nor do Warren, Johnson, and their colleagues discuss the inevitable resistance their proposed gun controls will meet—as such laws always do—from the gun owners at whom they're targeted. Banning private sales is entirely beyond reach when Connecticut and New York can't even get people to comply with registration.

The lawmakers also ignore the ultimate cost in liberty and lives from attempts to enforce such restrictions on the unwilling.

Instead, what the lawmakers emphasize is a frightening yet bogus "crisis" involving a made-up "epidemic"—and they managed to do so in promotion of their bill just as a real crisis-sized epidemic rolled into our lives.

That doesn't mean that the "Gun Violence Prevention and Community Safety Act of 2020" will pass, but it does mean that this is the right moment for authoritarian laws and practices of all sorts. It also means that this particular legislative monstrosity is being sold in precisely the most effective way for such a moment.

As I write, Columbia Law School is holding an online conference on "states of emergency and government powers in and after the pandemic" that asks "are governments overreaching?" The clear answer would appear to be a resounding "yes" across the board. At risk are rights regarding economic freedom, speech, due process, and—if Senator Warren and Rep. Johnson have their way—self-defense.

Pushing back against bills like the "Gun Violence Prevention and Community Safety Act of 2020" isn't important just for self-defense rights; it's a necessary part of a larger campaign to put governments on notice to stop exploiting fear and crises to expand their power.

NEXT: What's Up With All the Contradictory Advice About COVID-19 and Face Masks?

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  1. One of my favorite things about gun nuts is that they lack the self-awareness to recognize that pushing gun nuttery during a pandemic is likely to be politically counterproductive in modern America.

    And the self-awareness to recognize the irony of a gun nut chiding others for ‘trading in fear.’

    1. Have you, at any time, taken and defended a position based on its own merits rather than the identity of your opponents?

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      2. Has asshole bigot ever actually commented rather than whined?

      3. Better question is has he ever taken the time to no cut and paste his same comment over and over again.

        Ever been in a REAL disaster Rev? I highly doubt it! That’s ok if the shit hits the fan you can arm yourself yourself with your naive outlook, I’ll use a gun. After Katrina and a slew of other events it is not hard to see why being armed is the better choice for defense. I’ll take a gun in hand over 10000000 cops on the phone, if they are even coming at all, emergency and all. After Katrina I saw it with my own eyes and it wasn’t pretty and it took only a few days to devolve into chaos.

        1. I not only do not object to ownership of a reasonable firearm for self-defense in the home but also believe that to be a Constitutional right (although not necessarily founded on the Second Amendment, consequent to the gymnastics required to follow that route).

          Reasonable gun owners should fear that the backlash against gun nuts will imperil reasonable gun ownership.

          1. Ah, yes. Reasonable…

            What is that, this week?

          2. What Mental Gymnastics? The people who wrote the amendment said the same thing the USSC said. It takes mental gymnastics to deny the phrase rights of the people… Shall not be infringed.

          3. And by “reasonable firearm”, Art means anything capable of firing a spitball less than 6 ft. By “self-defense”, he means that no case would ever fit his definition of that. And by gymnastics, he means reading the Constitution in a way that disagrees with his political positions as they have been given to him by his handlers.

          4. Personally, I’m more worried about “reasonable gun owners” such as yourself who seem eager to preemptively surrender.

    2. . . . they lack the self-awareness to recognize that pushing gun nuttery during a pandemic is likely to be politically counterproductive in modern America.

      Yet its your Progressive neighbors that are running out and getting pissed that the firearm they suddenly feel the need for comes with a 10 day waiting period.

    3. Who is it that is using the pandemic to push gun issues? Oh yeah, that’s right progressives. Do you have any self awareness?

      1. By “pushing gun nuttery” he means failure to wholeheartedly embrace the elimination of 2nd amendment rights

      2. “Who is it that is using the pandemic to push gun issues? Oh yeah, that’s right progressives. ”

        I have not observed that. Do you have examples?

        1. Did you…read the article?

        2. Warren, Johnson, the Governor of New Jersey, the Sheriff in LA county, the Governor of Pennsylvania, shall I continue?

        3. You failed to notice you were the 1st to comment? You, as always, attacked others, but the fact is, you cannot support your argument, and are attempting to capitalize on the suffering of others -in this case, the pandemic. You progressives are like war profiteers, Arty. But, worse, only capable of seeing things through the lens of your biases and forcing others to your will.

    4. I’ve been warned many times there is a fascist in the White House, and I take those warnings seriously. So we have to be ever vigilant that the alleged fascist in the Whitehouse doesn’t cut a deal with the Stalinists in Congress.

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    5. I suspect the rev is a ‘bot. No human being actually things like this.

    6. “Gun nuts” is your way of demonizing all people who want their rights to bear arms, protected. The real “nuts” are the lunatics who run governments. In world war 1, the war to end all wars, they killed 20 million. Not long after, in World War 2, they killed 80 million more. The second world war was, as all conflicts are still today, nothing more than a regime change, a war to remove Hitler out of power. They managed to get 80 million killed just to remove one man from his elected government post. During that war Truman, dropped 2 atomic bombs on civilian cities. He went as far as to say God chose to give America the atomic bomb so as to kill evil people around the globe. God wanted to Incinerate alive, hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians, men women and children, within seconds with nuclear bombs as a way to fight evil? It is not those who bear arms you have to fear, it is the lunatics in governments who are the real menace to the world’s civilization.

      1. To get Hitler out of power in Poland and France, and Norway and Greece, and Denmark and the Netherlands, etc. sure.

        The Soviets were working hard to keep him out of power in Russia too.

      2. I agree with pretty much everything you said. But the body count from the two atomic bombs was 70,000 killed instantly. Another 200,000 died over the next 20+ years because of radiation poisoning.

    7. “politically counterproductive in modern America”

      Heaven forbid – The American patriots are arming themselves against “modern America” of Nazism (i.e. National Socialism).

      Oh, the horror of keeping individual freedom and rights!!!!!
      Some things ARE worth fighting for even when death is involved.

    8. By “Pushing gun nuttery” do you mean defending the status quo?

      Because the only pushing here is from those sponsoring a bill to further restrict rights enjoyed by non-felons everywhere. Or is that the gun nuttery you’re talking about?

    9. One of my favorite things about fascists (aka liberals) is they don’t use the good sense that the Lord gave them.

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    11. One of MY favorite things about gun control idiots is their inability to see situation and timing that doesn’t fit their narrative. Ironically, the inverse of what Arty is actually true.

      When the future is uncertain and people see hoarding, panic, and low supplies, civil unrest coming next isn’t hard to imagine. Trying to take way their self-defense at that point is beyond stupid. Stripping the citizenry of its capacity to defend its home and family isn’t going to fly. Far better to try that shit when people actually believe they have nothing to be concerned about.

  2. “common-sense…epidemic of gun violence…public health crisis…our children…”

    Well, that’s certainly persuasive.

    1. Those idiots in Virginia should have just waited a few months, their “assault weapon” confiscation bill would be law now.

    2. “Communism… It’s for the Children.”, has been the lefty slogan for years.

  3. Of course this pandemic is greasing the skids for all types of authoritarianism. What part of, “never let a crisis go to waste,” don’t you understand?

  4. Draconian bills to restrict self-defense rights have a life of their own in Congress.

    They can live for *decades* on hard surfaces.

    1. [golf clap]

  5. That doesn’t mean that the “Gun Violence Prevention and Community Safety Act of 2020” will pass,

    unless, of course, the name is changed to something like the “Children’s Omnibus Violent Incident Deterrence Act of 2020”.

    1. Or “The Fascism at Last Bill of the Last Elected Legislature”?
      There is only one reason politicians want to disarm a citizenry, and it has nothing to do with common sense or safety or children.

      1. Psst. Look at the acronym of Rich’s hypothetical law.

        They can go fuck themselves with any federal registration or licensing of firearms and ammunition.

        1. Nice catch there. And well done, Rich. Thanks for the belly laugh

    2. I see what you did there, bravo!

    3. Um…. Won’t they just call it the, “Gun Rights Act of 2020” like all those other wildly flat-out LYING titled bills do.

  6. All gun control laws are unconstitutional.

    The People have a right to keep and bear Arms and that shall not be infringed.

    No background checks. No limits on guns or ammo. No machine gun restrictions. No restrictions on explosives. No restrictions on ownership. No restrictions on carrying.

    If you do not fall under the 13th Amendment for being a duly convicted prisoner, you can keep and bear: rifles, pistols, swords, knives, cannons, ships, tanks, artillery, mines, bombs, mines, aircraft, brass knuckles, associated ammo, and any other Armament ever created in the future.

    1. Limited only by your ability to personally fund such necessities.
      It should be noted that when the Declaration of Independence was published, most of the Cannon were owned by Private Individuals who Organized Militia Units.
      When the US Constitution was adopted there were still a significant amount of cannon privately owned.
      During the late 1800s, a cannon was a regular fixture at Community Picnics and Other Celebrations and used as a method of firing salutes.

      1. +1000000000000000000000000

      2. Ironically, owning a canon is still legal. I’m sure if you put one in your front yard and started firing at sunrise, there would be other laws visited upon you, but ownership is within the current law in most jurisdictions.

    2. +10000

  7. The answer is no, pandemic fears will not grease the way. States who initially tried to restrict gun rights (by declaring gunshops as non-essential) have changed their policies in response to Federal guidance. Those states put out a policy, were given guidance on their policy (it was wrong not to protect gun rights), and voluntarily changed it.

    Sounds to me like our Republic is alive and well.

    1. Sounds to me like our Republic is alive and well.

      Well, except for the 1A right to peaceably assemble. Considering the 1A is being broadly revoked by people whether they’ve got the virus or not, whether they’re in their home state or not, whether they voted for or supported the leader that enacted them or not, there’s some decent arguments to be made for the 4A and 5A as well. Those rights have been largely suppressed or outright revoked.

      Sure, it’s at the state or gubernatorial level, but in the past, when only certain states allowed slavery, school segregation, etc., it was considered a constitutional crisis.

      1. That is… revoked *from* people whether they’ve got the virus or not.

      2. “Well, except for the 1A right to peaceably assemble…”

        No to mention un-enumerated freedoms, such as, for instance, the freedom to go to a restaurant and have a dinner.
        This manufactured panic is being used to turn the Constitution into a door-mat.

      3. mad.casual…The restrictions are temporary and time-bound, in response to a national emergency – a viral pandemic that has already killed thousands in a very short amount of time. Emphasis on temporary and emergency. When the pandemic has abated, the quarantines will be lifted.

        Honestly, I don’t think there is a huge groundswell of people clamoring to congregate together in large crowds right now. What do you think?

        The Republic will survive.

      4. NYC Mayor de Blasio threatens to PERMANENTLY shut down churches, synagogues if they continue to defy his orders.

        Says: ‘You’ve been warned’

        “New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is threatening to permanently close churches and synagogues that do not comply with his order to stop gathering during the coronavirus outbreak.

        “De Blasio’s dark warning came Friday, hours before Jews meet for their weekly Shabbat gatherings.

        “I want to say to all those who are preparing the potential of religious services this weekend — if you go to your synagogue, if you go to your church and attempt to hold services after having been told so often not to, our enforcement agents will have no choice but to shut down those services,” de Blasio said.

        “The NYPD, Fire Department, Buildings Department, and everyone has been instructed that if they see worship services going on, they will go to the officials of that congregation, they’ll inform them they need to stop the services and disperse,” de Blasio explained.

        “If that does not happen, they will take additional action up to the point of fines and potentially closing the building permanently,” de Blasio continued. “You’ve been warned, you need to stop services, help people practice their faith in different ways, but not in groups, not in gatherings that could endanger people.”

        Of course, we have:

        “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” By incorporation, this applies to States, counties, townships, and municipalities.

        Wonder what the MSM reaction would if he told NY Times, NY Post, CNN NY desk, NBC, ABC, CBS studios in NYC that they must close “in the name of safety”?

        Or if he’d told mosques that he would close them down permanently?

      5. not to mention the FIrst Article of Ammendment’s right to freely exercise the religion of my choice…. how many lockdown states have decreed NO ONE may attend any church meetings……

    2. They still tried.

  8. No way such a shitty bill from fauxcahontas will pass the Senate or get signed by President Trump.

    Nope it’s just leftie fantasy and libertarian paranoia. Much like out of work “actor” John Cusack thinking Trump will get impeached again.

    1. >>out of work “actor” John Cusack

      he’ll always have Sixteen Candles.

      1. Maybe he was better off dead?

        1. lol “a study … in mopishness”

          1. Gee, Ricky, I’m real sorry your Mom blew up.

        2. It’s true, that man will Say Anything to keep his name in the news.

          1. Looks like it’ll be one crazy summer from Cusack, and the season hasn’t even gotten going yet.

          2. You got right to the grosse Point blank on that one.

          3. Well, at least he has high fidelity to his shitty, shitty ideals.

      2. Stop TOYing around with us.

    2. That bill might have passed in 2009, when the Dems controlled both Houses, and the presidency. They decided they didn’t want to piss off too many people before healthcare was a done deal, so they waited on guns. That will be on their list if they get all three branches again, and they’ll kill the filibuster to do it.

      1. Yes. All of this. Virginia was a trial run. For both sides.

        1. Open wider, clingers.

          1. Fuck off slaver.

            1. Don’t feed the troll, Uilleam.

      2. If they get the chance, they’ll try to do more than just that. I don’t think it’ll go how they want it to though.

      3. The Democrat Party is finished so there wont be another Democrat President. Democrats are super desperate to stave off their demise in national politics.

  9. So far, it seems that the 2nd amendment is the one right that has actually received some degree of respect in this freakout. I had posted this comment to an article yesterday, but is probably more appropriate here:

    Actually, to me one of the interesting things about the this panic has been the support for gun rights generally, even when every other right is trampled with impunity. I’ve been pleasantly surprised at how many places have designated gun-related businesses as “essential” without a fight, and that some who didn’t initially go along with that reversed course without TOO much of a fight. Plus, we know that tons of guns and ammo have been sold, and anecdotally, we hear a lot of that is to new gun owners. I’m going to guess that a significant portion of those are suburban swing voters, who now might be more likely to swing in the direction of maintaining their right to keep and use their new gun. So coming out of this, we have some degree of government and public acknowledgement of the importance of the right to bear arms (and to be able to exercise it even in crisis as opposed to just during hunting season), we have gun and ammo companies/distributors/sellers/suppliers raking in money hand over fist, some of which will likely be used to support pro-2A causes, and a whole bunch of folks who are newly motivated to support gun rights. Plus people have a whole new boogeyman to worry about for a while instead of “mass shootings.”

  10. “Plus, we know that tons of guns and ammo have been sold, and anecdotally, we hear a lot of that is to new gun owners. I’m going to guess that a significant portion of those are suburban swing voters…”

    It’s been my experience. I’ve just converted a couple of my neighbors to get some basic firearms instruction and help them decide where to buy their first handgun.

    The local jail deciding to dump a thousand of its inmates out in the general public—don’t worry, they’re thieves and burglars, but they aren’t burglars of a habitation—hasn’t eased my neighbors’ worries.

    1. good point. Something I don’t worry about too much, but I’m sure it is something that’s in people’s minds.

  11. There’s no way it will pass. It doesn’t make a snazzy acronym.

    1. I didn’t bother checking. Did they at least try to name it after some young, dead white girl?

  12. Why are the Dems using Hank Johnson to lead the charge in the House? That guy may be the dumbest member of Congress.

    1. Dumber than Mazie Hirono, Maxine Waters, and that Occasional Cortex harpy? I suppose it’s possible. At a certain point on the left side of the bell curve, stupidity becomes difficult to quantify.

      1. When you get far enough out on a bell curve the line becomes essentially flat with a slight tilt.
        Which if you think about it, pretty well describes the usual and customary mental activity of the aforementioned.

      2. Yes. Hank believes that islands can tip over. He also has a bizarre fascination with midgets (he’s not woke enough to say “little people”).

    2. +1 capsizing island of Guam.

  13. Seems like the panic is not owning a gun.

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  15. Military weapons in civilian hands are for preserving civil rights and civilian lives. They are, indeed “weapons of war”: humanity’s
    10,000-year-old continuing war against tyranny. ~ L. Neil Smith

  16. Going back to Miller in 1939 and reiterated in Heller and McDonald there can be no “assault weapons” or similar bans.

    The SC has ruled three times that guns in common legitimate use cannot be banned and so called assault weapons are the most commonly sold and used types nationwide.

    These officials know this but will put a ban in place and await the years it takes to get the cases through the federal courts. especially in cherry picked activist courts where they now they will have sympathetic judges that will up hold them, regardless of SC precedent.

  17. “The lawmakers also ignore the ultimate cost in liberty and lives from attempts to enforce such restrictions on the unwilling.”

    What makes you think they’re ignoring that, rather than viewing it as a bonus?

  18. “As the coronavirus pandemic brings the world to a juddering halt…” Yeah, the virus isn’t doing jack shit. The hyperventilating, pants-wetting, media-stoked panic over nothing is doing that, and it’s made possible by ignorance and irrationality cultivated through decades of government “education.”

  19. All this over a flu bug currently enjoying a whopping 4.5% mortality rate world-wide…think I’ll stroll through downtown this evening…carrying concealed of course.

  20. I’d like to know how the jailers who are currently releasing the sort of felon who “makes a living” by preying on the citizen population propose to round up and re-incarcerate these persons once the current “pandemic” subsides?
    Or, [more likely scenario] are they going to run free until captured committing a subsequent crime or being dispatched by a homeowner who catches them in the commission of a crime.

  21. By the way, Reason- the phrase is “grease the ways,” as in launching ways for ships. The ways were made of timbers that were heavily greased prior to knocking out the holding blocks so the hull would slide into the water.

  22. It is not just gun control, it is total control. Former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb suggested potential of using GPS data to enforce social distancing guidelines.

    This is about our very freedom and people will gladly hand it over for “their protection.”

  23. It’s interesting how my views on gun control have shifted as I’ve gotten more into various forms of activism, particularly anti-prohibition, which centers on government banning of a product that people want creating crime.

    As an undergraduate, I would have done the knee-jerk response that guns kill people and we need them banned. Now, I wouldn’t say that.

    If the people are fearing an increasingly totalitarian regime, private weapons are something that would make the government more wary. But I’m liberal, so this is odd to say this. It is odd to be lining up with Republicans and gun’s rights activists on this issue when I don’t own a gun.

    But the reason I’m wary is because I fear an increasingly authoritarian political regime that is Republican. Some issues go beyond political divides and the basic concept of freedom would seem to be one of them.

    1. “But I’m liberal, so this is odd to say this. It is odd to be lining up with Republicans and gun’s rights activists on this issue when I don’t own a gun.

      But the reason I’m wary is because I fear an increasingly authoritarian political regime that is Republican.”

      Given that Trump’s Kabuki conversion to pro-2A is very recent, after a lifetime as a gun control advocate and donor, and that he has proposed and enacted more gun control actions than even Obama; your concern is hardly unwarranted. Trump’s proposal to increase the age of gun ownership above the age is particularly odious, making the Bill of Rights more a government allowed list or privileges than of protected individual rights. That Trump has, fortunately for us, quickly retreated from most of his anti2A proposals is small reassurance. Our rights are being protected from his anti-gun and pro-authoritarian instincts only by his cowardice and short attention span.

      1. Should read:

        …age of gun ownership above the age of suffrage is particularly odious,…

    2. Welcome aboard silver damsen.

      We Libertarians, still left on unreason, discuss good freedom and liberty topics sometimes. Talk to other that you know about the importance of individual fundamental rights and limiting government.

      Know history as Lefties dont want other to know about the trail of dead bodies that Socialism has left in its wake.

  24. Or that “the two most commonly cited sources of crime statistics in the U.S. both show a substantial decline in the violent crime rate since it peaked in the early 1990s”

    That’s impossible as in 1993 I believe 66% of the states had “No Issue” or “May Issue” CCW permits and now only 16% have such reasonable and restrictive criteria. Obviously that shift resulted in massive bloodshed in the streets. Clearly something is wrong the crime statistics.

    Admittedly, I haven’t stepped over a bullet-ridden dead body on the sidewalk in the last few days in spite of the predictions of those calling for “reasonable gun regulation” back in the early 1990s as states were beginning to loosen CCW permit issuance requirements. However, I assume this is just because we’ve been on SARS-CoV-2 “lock down” for the last few days or because I need new glasses.

  25. “An unarmed man, is enslaved!” “A disarmed man, is conquered!” I shall not be, enslaved or conquered!” Sic Semper Tyrannis !

  26. Pandemic fears can rid us of authoritarian controls. If you get the virus, preserve your body fluids. If you survive, the virus riddled body fluids can be used to defend yourself against anyone who won’t leave you alone.

  27. Meanwhile, people who have been long time suporters, and voters FOR, gun control have been filling the gun stores and cleaning them out of guns and ammunition. Many of them, when it falls on their heads that they CAN NOT take their new gun hoe TODAY, are incredulous.. WHY NOT? I can’t believe how complicated it is to BUY a gun, and now I have bought one I can’t even take it home?What’s up with THAT?”
    Well ma’am, have you ever supported GIUN CONTROL? Why yes, I have… well, THIS is the gun control YOU have been supporting.

    Factoid: February of 2019 had the single largest number of NICS checks in any February ever, by a margin of twenty percent.

    New factoid: February of 2020 had an increase of FOUR HUNDRED PERCENT over the previous February’s record breaking NICS check count. That is, four times the previous year’s record breaking by an YUUUUGE margin. And the vast majority of those NICS checks were first time buyers, many of whom had supported theconcept that the regular public should not be allowed to own firearms…. but now THEY want one.

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  30. Pandemonium, not Pandemic.

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