Wednesday, March 28, 2018

"There is No Sippery Slope and No One Wants to Take Your Guns"

I've heard and read it said a lot lately that there is no slippery slope, and no one wants to take your guns.

A quick review of the facts reveals the dishonesty of those statements. Clearly the most extreme members of the anti-gun rights movement do in fact want to take some or all of our guns. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), for example, once said this:
"If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States for an outright ban, picking up every one of them, Mr. and Mrs. America turn them all in, I would have done it." - Senator Dianne Feinstein, 1995
Many gun prohibitionists have felt emboldened to come out of hiding recently. Numerous protestor's signs at this weekend's national protest against gun ownership rights even reflected a desire for an outright ban and confiscation of firearms, to the point of using deadly force in their collection. Other politicians like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) have additionally expressed a desire for a slippery slope with gun prohibition laws:
“They’re going to say, ‘You give them bump stock, it’s going to be a slippery slope.’ I certainly hope so,” - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, 2017
Clearly, some people, including high ranking politicians, do want to take your guns, and they are willing to take an incremental "slippery slope" path toward outright confiscation. To argue that no one wants to take your guns is a demonstrable lie.

We have already seen this slippery slope in action. Where once the ownership of fully automatic firearms was commonplace, it is now largely prohibited without registration and the financial ability to afford the heavily inflated price of those firearms. To say that no slippery slope exists is a demonstrable lie.

But what about the multiple court decisions which have stated that Second Amendment protections apply only to weapons currently in common use? The slippery slope incremental legislative prohibition of entire classes of firearms, causing those weapons to fall out of common use due to governmental confiscation or the extreme financial burden of purchasing them, is an extremely dishonest method of defining what is in common use. Unfortunately, gun prohibitionists are using dishonesty with great effectiveness, and appear to be held back by no moral fibers in continuing to lie for their ends.

In the words of gun blogger Joe Huffman, "Don't let anyone tell you no one wants to take your guns."

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