With two sweeping gun control bills sent to the Senate, and the House expected to approve even more, gun control activists are spreading disinformation about gun violence, the use of firearms for self-protection, and even how to purchase them.
Although people may own firearms for hunting or target shooting, their primary purpose is self-defense. That’s why the founders included the Second Amendment guarantees to keep and bear arms.
That was apparently lost on Everytown for Gun Safety activist Brenda Moss, who was alarmed when a DoorDash driver arrived at her home with a food order and happened to be carrying a weapon.
''I didn't know carrying a loaded gun and a magazine was a requirement to deliver food,'' she tweeted to the meal delivery service. ''Yes! Your driver showed up at my door just like that. I am a survivor of gun violence. Is this your policy?''
Bearing Arms editor Cam Edwards informed her that drivers are often targeted by criminals.
''Given the carjackings and robberies of ride share drivers and delivery drivers, I’m glad that this @doordash driver was armed to protect themselves,'' he said. ''#SelfDefenseIsAHumanRight''
Here are a few examples:
• May 2020: ''An Arizona man was arrested after pointing a gun at a DoorDash delivery man''
• October 2020: ''Police: Doordash driver robbed at gunpoint in Hamden''
• January 2021: ''Food delivery driver ordered to withdraw cash from ATM during armed robbery''
• February 2021: ''Police: Man waves gun at Conway DoorDash driver after she refuses to give him her number''
Gun control activists also allege that it’s ridiculously easy to obtain firearms, a belief that may have been prompted by then-President Barack Obama during a Columbia, South Carolina, town hall.
''But I’ll be honest with you,'' he said. ''And as long as you can go into some neighborhoods and it is easier for you to buy a firearm than it is for you to buy a book, there are neighborhoods where it's easier for you to buy a handgun and clips than it is for you to buy a fresh vegetable — as long as that’s the case, we’re going to continue to see unnecessary violence.''
Author Thomas Elmer Addison Pain, who writes under the name TeaPainUSA, obviously believed Obama’s outrageous claim, and used it to make another comparison.
''It shouldn't be easier to buy a gun than to vote,'' he tweeted. ''Pass it on.''
To legally purchase a firearm the buyer has to present photo identification, fill out a Firearms Transaction Record, submit to an FBI criminal background check, and possibly, depending upon the jurisdiction, wait a number of days before acquiring the weapon.
On the other hand, conservative activist and undercover journalist James O’Keefe demonstrated just how easy it is to vote in even a state requiring identification.
In 2016 he tested Michigan’s election laws that allow voters to cast ballots without identification if they simply fill out an affidavit.
In various precincts, he claimed to be Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Wayne State University Law School Dean Jocelyn Benson, and Detroit Free Press columnist Nancy Kaffer.
Each of these individuals strongly oppose voter-ID laws. Poll workers offered him a primary ballot for each person he purported to be.
As a capper, poll workers gave him a ballot for well-known Michigan-based rapper Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Bruce Mathers III.
That was in 2016.
Four years later it was even easier when many states rushed through universal mail-in voting, with no provisions to check voters’ identity.
Nonetheless, gun control activists continue to claim that more stringent laws are necessary.
Following the mass shootings that targeted Muslim places of worship in Christchurch, New Zealand, two years ago, lawmakers enacted a sweeping nationwide ban on most semiautomatic weapons, coupled with a gun buyback and amnesty program.
It didn’t work. Radio New Zealand reported Monday that the country saw a ''rise in gun crime despite government clampdown after terror attack.''
Last week the House sent two measures to the Senate: H.R. 8, a universal background check bill, and H.R. 1446, which would extend the time the government has to make "instant" background checks from three days to 10.
Other measures the House is expected to take up include a ban on what are often referred to as ''assault rifles,'' a ban on magazines with capacities greater than 10 rounds, onerous taxes on firearms and ammunition, and registration of some types of weapons.
Gun control activists will use any excuse to restrict or even remove Second Amendment protections guaranteed to every American, including a crisis like what New Zealanders believed they faced two years ago.
But if we allow government to restrict our rights to address a crisis, it will always find a crisis to restrict our rights.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He is also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. Read Dorstewitz's Reports — More Here.
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