Democrats cheering the legal attacks on the National Rifle Association might be celebrating too soon, and the media perpetuates a myth about gun control; now comes the pushback from people who see things through different-colored glasses.
Writing at Politico, Bill Scher quotes progressive ‘rising star’ Mondaire Jones asserting, “Dissolving the NRA would remove one of the biggest impediments to gun safety measures at the state and federal level.”
That, Scher says, is “a dangerous assumption for Democrats to make.”
“Even if the NRA is gone or tied down by litigation,” Scher reasons, “about 43 percent of Americans will still live in gun-owning households. A fervent gun rights culture of hunters, collectors, open carriers, militia members and self-defense enthusiasts would still persist. Conservative media outlets would still cater to their fears. Other competing gun rights groups such as Gun Owners of America, National Association for Gun Rights and the Second Amendment Foundation would still channel the views of the gun rights grassroots to elected officials and new organizations could crop up to do the same.”
BULLETIN: Democrat presidential contender Joe Biden has announced his pick for running mate: anti-gun rights California Sen. Kamala Harris.
It may not be “fear” that conservative media outlets cater to, but an understanding that the liberal viewpoint is not as all-encompassing as it claims. As for “channeling” the views of gun owners to politicians, many in the firearms community would ask, “What’s wrong with that?”
From the conservative, gun-owner viewpoint, Democrat anti-gunners are living in a bubble; a fantasy world where there is but one opinion and if you don’t share it, you’re an outcast.
When Kellyanne Conway, senior advisor to President Trump, appeared on Fox News recently, she ripped liberal politicians who blame the crime increase in America on gun rights and gun owners. Conway zeroed in on Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) who argued that if the president wants to reduce violence, he needs to “close the gun show loophole” and sign legislation creating so-called “universal background checks.”
“Her evidence of the gun show loopholes having created this wave of violence in these Democratic-controlled cities is what?” Conway wondered.
Writing at RealClearPolitics, researcher and author John Lott observed, “The push to disarm Americans… stems from the belief that disarming the public will make us safer. But those beliefs arise from myths perpetrated by the media.
“The news media,” Lott continued, “give people a very skewed view of guns and crime, and push policies that, paradoxically, endanger people’s lives.”
With the national elections about 80 days away, guns are no doubt going to be an issue. With a few million new gun owners now in the U.S., that could translate to votes no longer supporting the “party of gun confiscation.” If that is the case, Democrats and their media cheerleaders will have overplayed their hands.