The Public Image Toward Gun Rights Has Never Been Better
Gun lovers are making all of the positive headlines this week. Thousands of CT residents refusing to register their firearms, The Boston Globe published an article showing the ineffectiveness of gun buyback programs, the Missouri Senate advanced a Bill that would nullify all federal anti-gun laws, and the NH State Legislature overwhelmingly voted against universal background checks.
We are only used to seeing negative headlines in the mainstream media concerning gun rights. All of this recent positive exposure shows our hard work is paying off, the balance of power is reversing, and the overall outlook on our Second Amendment Rights has never been more positive.
We must continue our unrelenting pressure on the anti-gunners to get the truth about gun rights to every person in our Country. The Second Amendment Foundation will not rest until every citizen’s Second Amendment Rights are protected from coast to coast.
Connecticut passed outrageous anti-gun legislation in 2013 and it appears residents of the state are completely disregarding the new laws. 50,000 residents have registered their now classified “assault weapons”. The only catch is, the state estimates there could be as many as 350,000 “assault weapons” that citizens are choosing not to register.
The penalty for not registering these firearms is a class D felony. Unless they want to track down 300,000 law-abiding gun owners they should just scrap this draconian anti-gun law. These Second Amendment patriots are making a stand together and the country is hearing you loud and clear. Registering a firearm is just about the last thing a law-abiding gun owner wants to do.
The Boston Globe recently published an article on the ineffectiveness of gun buyback programs. Below is what we already knew about gun buyback programs but now is out there for the public to see:
“…there is no compelling evidence that gun buyback programs are an effective crime-fighting tool or that they reduce the rates of crime,” said Jon Vernick, co-director of Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research
“… A 2003 study of buyback programs nationwide by Anthony Braga, a crime specialist who is now a professor at Rutgers University, found that the programs had no impact on gun crime or gun-related injuries, and that the programs do not target guns highly likely to be used in violence…”
If anything, a gun buyback program would help criminals. You bring your firearm to this event, turn it in with no questions asked, and you receive a gift card or new shoes. That gun could have been stolen, used in a murder or in an armed robbery, and the police just destroyed the evidence. It certainly does not make a lot of sense.
The New Hampshire House of Representatives just shot down a Bill that would have required a background check for every private gun sale. All we have heard from the mainstream media and the Obama Administration is that nearly every American supports Background checks that contain universal registration of gun owners. Then we see a blue state such as New Hampshire pass a bipartisan vote to stop such a law. Once again, it appears their numbers may be just a little misjudged by the Obama camp.
Another state making waves in the gun rights world is Missouri. The Missouri State Senate just advanced a Bill that would make it a crime for any federal, state or local law enforcement office to attempt to enforce federal gun control laws within the state. The law even allows for arresting and fining officers who try to do so. The bill would also lower the carry age from 21 to 19 as well allow open carry anywhere in the state, even in cities which have local bans on the practice.
The Bill needs to pass one more vote in the state Senate, then it would go to a vote in the state House, and if passed would have to be signed into law by the state governor.
It is so reassuring to see our cities and states making such a difference in the fight to protect the Second Amendment. It helps us realize that each and every one of us can make a difference in this fight.
Together, we can preserve the Constitutional rights our Founding Fathers intended our people to have forever.
Thank you. I know I can count on you.
Alan M. Gottlieb
Second Amendment Foundation
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