Writing in The Atlantic, Conor Friedersdorf lets the citizen control cult have it with both barrels… figuratively, of course:
After the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, many in the American media insisted that the tragedy should prompt a “conversation about gun control.” These articles were written as if there had never been such a conversation. In fact, the issue had been debated for decades. Given the results, I argued, there was no reason to presume that a new conversation would end in more gun control.
That conversation has now come and gone. The result?
Well, the result was something like this.
Citizen control cultists did have some immediate effect in exploiting Sandy Hook, passing draconian laws in Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland, and New York.
The longer-term results in these states, however, may indicate the possibility of overreach and implosion.
There have been three recall elections in Colorado that resulted in the end of the careers of three anti-gun politicians in Colorado (two were recalled, one quit to avoid being recalled). Firearms manufacturing and accessory companies in all four of these states have left for states with more freedom, and more are poised to join them.
The gun laws that were passed have been greated with what appears to be a mix of “Irish Democracy” and outright threats of militant rebellion in both Connecticut and New York if authorities attempt to attempt to enforce their gun ban and registration schemes.
As Friedersdorf notes, more than 20 states went the exact opposite direction, expanding gun rights.
While a very few are profiting personally for championing citizen disarmament…
… the citizen control movement itself has primarily served as a foil to grow the gun rights movement tremendously, to the point that manufacturers of arms, ammunition and accessories are having a very difficult time keeping up with demand.