Oregon Ceasefire has released its extremist anti-gun wish list that includes proposals for one-gun-a-month restrictions, a ban on co-called “military style rifles,” microstamping, new taxes on the sale of firearms and ammunition, and more, the Portland Oregonian reported yesterday.
And this morning, the New York Times is reporting that anti-gun Gov. Andrew Cuomo “has pledged to throw his weight behind the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.” The newspaper recalled that Cuomo once “suggested that Democrats in Congress should be willing to shut down the government” in a coercive effort to force adoption of gun restrictions.
Today’s St. Louis Post Dispatch carries a piece by columnist Dana Milbank from the Washington Post acknowledging that gun control has been rebranded and is “recovering” with new slogans. Translation: be wary of the terms “reducing gun deaths” and “gun violence prevention.” It’s the same old recipe in a new box.
Feeling their oats after passage of an expanded background check bill earlier this year, Oregon Ceasefire figures to push its luck. It wants the legislature to impose “a waiting period of two weeks between time of sale and possession to deter suicide and impulse shootings,” according to its wish list. The group wants “smart guns,” and more training requirements for anyone getting a concealed carry license.
One might suggest a little additional education for these self-appointed “gun safety” advocates in the process. They also want handguns to be equipped with “magazine disconnect mechanisms (MDM) that prevent a gun from loading a bullet in the chamber.” That’s not the function of a magazine disconnect.
Additionally, Oregon’s gun prohibitionists want to slap that tax on guns and cartridges to provide funding for “competent assessment and care of our mentally ill citizens and those who are considering suicide.” They essentially want to make Beaver State gun owners responsible for funding the mental health system. “This tax would be collected by the states and used to augment direct services for those suffering from mental illness,” their manifesto says.
Meanwhile, Democrat Cuomo appears to be upping his national profile with this new promise to help the Brady Campaign. The New York Times reports that this is part of a push against so-called “bad apple gun merchants.” The newspaper noted that Cuomo “openly criticized federal inaction after a massacre on an Oregon college campus this month.”
What should the government do about Oregon? The guns were apparently all legally purchased, same as the firearms used by the Sandy Hook killer were legally acquired in Connecticut, a state with very restrictive gun laws. But the killer murdered his own mother, who bought and owned the guns, before the carnage.
Milbank, who writes for the Washington Post and initially published his column there on Tuesday, acknowledged that support for new gun laws has declined, and is now lower than support for protecting gun rights. And there was something else; Milbank wrote that “Americans support expanding background checks for the four in 10 gun sales that occur online or at gun shows.” This appears to be a variation of the myth – debunked by the Washington Post Fact Checker more than two years ago – that 40 percent of gun sales are done without a background check.
The proverbial bottom line in all of this is that the gun prohibition lobby is continuing to recycle the same agenda it has been peddling for several years. Simply because it is repackaged doesn’t make it “new and improved.” They want what they’ve always wanted, to turn the right to keep and bear arms into a government-regulated privilege.
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