Gun control activists do not want to confiscate our guns. Really. Just trust them about it. They don’t. Instead, they just want to pass simple, common sense and reasonable gun laws that have nothing to do with confiscating lawfully owned property. Trust them. They really, really don’t want to take our guns. Really.
As President Barack Obama said on the campaign trail in 2008, “I believe in the Second Amendment. I will not take your shotgun away. I will not take your rifle away. I won’t take your handgun away … But I am not going to take your guns away. So if you want to find an excuse not to vote for me, don’t use that one because it just ain’t true. It ain’t true.”
See, it just ain’t true, like the President said. No lawmaker or politician will propose legislation that will confiscate guns from law-abiding citizens. Really. In fact, every gun control supporter is a huge fan of the right to keep and bear arms. Really.
I’m being sarcastic, of course. While most gun control advocates publicly contend that they “don’t want to take our guns” I think we all know that secretly, deep down inside, they really would like to take our guns away. Hence, all the questions that involve the word “need,” i.e. “Why do you need an AR-15?” “Why do you need a 30-round magazine?”
Implicit in those questions is, well, “If you don’t need it, then why should you have it?” Basically another way for them to say, “No one should be allowed to own that firearm with the scary cosmetic features.”
In any event, I’m sure there are going to be some folks who doubt this claim. So, for the skeptics who don’t believe that a large portion of gun control advocates really want to snatch up lawfully owned firearms, I’d invite you to consider the following:
1. Dianne Feinstein: “Dry up the supply”
Feinstein is the queen bee of the modern gun control movement. In the past, she’s flat out admitted that she wanted “Mr. and Mrs. America” to “turn em all in.”
“If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States for an out-right ban, picking up every one of them… ‘Mr. and Mrs. America, turn ‘em all in,’ I would have done it. I could not do that. The votes weren’t here.” – Sen. Feinstein on CBS-TV’s “60 Minutes,” February 5, 1995.
But beyond what the senior senator for California has said, she’s also gone to great lengths to push for legislation specifically designed to “dry up the supply” of certain, commonly owned sporting rifles over time, which seems to imply a de facto form of confiscation.
After all, if it’s illegal or impossibly difficult for one to own, manufacture, possess or transfer a certain firearm following the passage of her 2013 Assault Weapons Ban, that’s tantamount to confiscation even if there’s no government agent knocking on his/her door demanding him/her to turn it over.
2. NY SAFE Act
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s severely flawed New York Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act explicitly bans the possession of magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition, including those magazines that were grandfathered in under the previous Assault Weapons Ban.
This is confiscation, plain and simple. Here’s the proof, right from Cuomo’s NY SAFE Fact Sheet page:
Forced forfeiture of once lawfully owned property equals confiscation, at least that’s how I see it.
3. California’s Confiscation Task Force
As highlighted in a previous Guns.com article, earlier this month California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law that will allow the state government to send out special agents to confiscate firearms from individuals who are prohibited from owning them.
Under the bill, the government will appropriate $24 million to hire 36 additional agents and run a records system that tracks individuals who had at one point legally purchased a firearm, but have since either been convicted of a crime or adjudicated mentally defective.