So the Whitehouse website lists their limited reasonable gun control proposals.
Boiled down, it's 3 things. Repeal the Tiahrt Amendment, close the gunshow loophole, and repass the Assault Weapons Ban.
The justifications for these 3 items is all lies. They are based on deceptions, and they KNOW they are untrue, and maintain the lie anyway.
The only way they can pass anti-civil right legislation is to lie about it.
The Tiahrt amendment is supposed to need repealing so police can trace crime guns. But police can already trace firearms, for crime and otherwise. Even the ATF, no friends to gun enthusiasts, admits that police can already readily do gun traces. So they lied. Repeal of Tiahrt will allow the local paper to access gun trace data. None of their business, as gun traces aren't necessarily crime guns. But your local Media masters can go ahead and print your firearm information and your address in the paper. Lovely. So the purpose of repeal makes crime investigations harder and endangers legitimate gun owners? Good. Why would more crime and more wary gun owners be in the interest of anti-gun types? Please.
Gunshow loopholes? Because guns are are sold without NICS checks from FFL dealers at gunshows? Well, no. They're not. FFL dealers have to account for all their guns and all run NICS checks at gun shows. Ban private sales at guns shows? Yes, they'd have to include that language. But not even a sizable portion of private sales happens at gun shows, so you'd have to ban them all. If grandad wanted to give you his old gun he couldn't without getting permission from. It's not about gun shows its about accounting and registration of all guns. They lied. Once guns are registered, confiscation, historically, follows right along. The true purpose. Will it make straw purchases illegal? They are already illegal. Will it make felons not be able to buy guns? Like felons are going to follow this law when there are more pertinent laws they won't follow? Ha.
Assault Weapons Ban? Assault Weapons were already effectively regulated in 1934. Oh? But that was a machine gun law? Right. Assault Weapons are machine guns. Select fire, intermediate sized cartridge carbines. Not one has been legally made and sold to the public since 1986. Hughes Amendment made sure of that. There are guns that LOOK like assault weapons. And these guns are the most popular sporting rifles in the country. But their function is no different from many hunting rifles. Often they are less capable than many hunting rifles. And these look-alike rifles that are so popular are used in a tiny percentage of crimes. Like 3%. The other side know this. There are lying about what Assault Weapons are.
Accountants are civilians. Soldiers are soldiers. Police are civilians. Civilians should have access to the same arms. But I'll concede cops can have select fire, REAL Assault Rifles. Machine guns. And non-Law Enforcement can settle for semi-auto.
But the Whitehouse website is lying about gun control. I hope our new President calls these capricious website people on the carpet, and corrects their lies. He, after all, promised not to go down the gun-control path. I'm sure when he realizes these lies are being propagated in his name that he will be angry and want to make it right. I'm sure he will be as shocked as I am.
(update: Dangit, folks all over are independently posting similarly themed screeds as me. Just written better.)
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