Gun Bans Don’t Work. This is How Democrats Attack the Second Amendment.

Democrats like to use tragedy as an excuse to push more ineffective, unconstitutional gun control. With more shootings come more calls for bills to be passed which would do nothing to quell any violence. Such bills typically contain legalese which would needlessly restrict Americans’ rights. Only this practice is nothing new, and it’s been used to great effect for over a century.

We’ve already seen countless arguments for gun bans that will never be passed. After all, Democrats had their shot at proving their argument when then-President Bill Clinton signed the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban. With the passage of the ban, no meaningful reduction in gun violence was found. Ultimately, even left-leaning case studies were forced to admit the ban failed to reduce the average number of victims per gun murder.

Columbine occurred at the height of the ban in 1999, wherein two school students killed 13 people and injured 20 others at a high school in Colorado. The 1994 ban expired in Congress in 2004.

Democrats’ 100-Year Gun Control Plan

These revelations matter little, because Democrats have long been pursuing gun control in less direct, albeit more effective ways. In fact, the first examples of Second Amendment subversion can be found in the National Firearms Act (NFA) of 1934 and its governance of archaic suppressor laws.

In 1934, then-Attorney General Homer Cummings introduced and advocated for the quick passage of the NFA. The bill was provided to Congress in response to the shootings and organized crime largely carried out by Chicago gangs. Men like Al Capone’s outfit, John Dillinger, and Clyde Barrow used Thompson sub-machine guns and Browning Automatic Rifles to rob banks and kill rival gang members.

Except when the NFA was passed, it did nothing to stop these crime syndicates from using automatic weapons. What it did do, however, was place a $200 tax (the equivalent of $3,800 in today’s money) on all suppressor sales. The bill, before it was passed, would have applied this same tax to all handguns and long guns for sale in America.

Could you imagine having to pay a $3,800 tax bill to buy a rifle at the local gun store? Keep reading. Politicians today are yet again calling for such tyrannical taxation.

Suppressors are The Least Criminal, Ever

Even today, it is largely unclear why suppressors were scooped up in the National Firearms Act, beyond the uninformed opinions of Democrat sponsors. No mention of the suppressor restriction or tax was made in Congress until the moment the bill was read on the floor.

Today, basic data says suppressors are the least criminally-implicated items governed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF). The ATF reported that in 2017, over 1.3 million suppressors were registered to gun owners, with a few hundred thousand added each year. Of those 1.3 million suppressors in circulation, just 44 were used in crimes annually.

Of those 44 incidents, just 6 involved felons. The other cases were matters of administrative non-compliance, paperwork mix-ups. Simple math says that suppressors have a “criminal-use” rate of 0.003%, accounting for all 44 recorded incidents.

For context, alcohol-impaired driving accounted for 28% of all traffic-related deaths in 2016. Yet Democrats aren’t pushing a new ban on alcohol. Why not? Because they know it would be ineffective. The only difference between useless alcohol prohibition and gun control is that Democrats still want to push gun control.

If You Can’t Ban Something, Make it Impossible to Produce

That’s precisely what California’s legislators have attempted with the state’s firearm industry. Recently, the extreme-left-leaning State Assembly passed a series of “common sense” gun restrictions that now require manufacturers to invest in “microstamping” technology. Microstamping allows a firearm’s make, model, and serial number to be imprinted on the shell casing each time a cartridge is fired. To accomplish this, the firearm’s firing pin must be microscopically stamped with the right information.

This new legislation builds on California’s 2007 law, the Unsafe Handgun Act. This act restricts any firearm manufacturer who does business in the state from selling handguns that don’t adhere to an arbitrary set of safety protocols and tests.

In response to this draconian legislation, Smith & Wesson issued a press release confirming the company would not sell any new guns in California which would include any microstamping on its firearms because “a number of studies have indicated that microstamping is unreliable, serves no safety purpose, is cost prohibitive and, most importantly, is not proven to aid in preventing or solving crimes.”

… Or Just Make Guns Impossible to Purchase

That’s Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s approach. The Massachusetts politician has openly called for increasing the minimum legal age to buy a gun from 18 to 21. She also wants to institute a limit on the number of firearms one could buy. Perhaps most worryingly, Warren also called for slapping a 30% tax on firearms manufacturers, and a 50% tax on ammunition suppliers.

These prohibitively high tax rates would effectively cripple many arms and munitions makers. Companies who may be able to weather such taxes would have to pass those costs to the consumer, dramatically reducing the size and affordability of the American gun market.

Sounds a lot like a $3,700 suppressor tax, doesn’t it?

Just Ban Things that Aren’t even Firearms

With technology comes innovation, and innovation in the firearms community has certainly taken hold in recent years thanks to the Gun Control Act of 1968 and certain gun-making kits. The CGA has long held that it’s legal for any American to build a firearm at home. No paperwork or FFL is required for this, and the finished firearm never needs to be reported to the ATF or any government agency (as long you don’t sell it).

This long-held but little-known rule has allowed firearm blanks, 80% lower receivers, and modular parts kits to make it easier than ever for Americans to exercise their 2A rights. Kits can be purchased and shipped to one’s home with all the parts and tools needed to build a gun from scratch. Kits like these are now available for popular firearms like the Glock, AR-15, and 1911.

It’s little surprise that politicians have overreacted in kind, spewing emotional conjecture about “ghost guns that fire 30 rounds a second”. Federal bill H. R. 7115 was introduced some months ago, which would prohibit the sale, acquisition, distribution in commerce, or import of any firearm receiver casting or blank, weapon parts kits, and the marketing or advertising of such kits. Other states have taken it a step further, attempting to ban 3D-printed firearms and even trying to prevent the schematics and digital plans from being shared or downloaded.

See, Democrats figured out they don’t need to ban guns. They’re finding plenty of other ways to subvert the Second Amendment by making access to guns almost impossible.


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