There was a time, not long ago, when Democrats hoping to display their “wokeness” on the issue of gun control were wholeheartedly embracing the idea of using police to disarm Americans of their legally owned firearms. “Hell yes, we’re coming for your AR-15s,” shouted Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke, as the Left murmured its approval and candidates from Joe Biden to Amy Klobuchar talked about creating new federal felony laws aimed at squarely at law-abiding gun owners.
Michael Bloomberg was jabbed for his comments about using “stop and frisk” policies to throw young men of color “up against the wall” to frisk them for weapons, but no Democrat dared say a bad word about the actual laws enforced through policies like stop-and-frisk. No, the Left was fully on board with an empowered and emboldened State enforcing all kinds of new restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms, right up until the Defund Police movement became the Left’s favorite new cause.
Now, gun control groups are struggling to define their message in a time when many of their allies are now interested in defunding or abolishing the law enforcement agencies that are tasked with enforcing the gun control laws demanded by gun control sugar daddy Michael Bloomberg and anti-gun activists. Take the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, for example: