For over a month now, I’ve been writing about the conflict between the Left’s support for gun control and its embrace of the Defund Police movement. Gun control laws are meaningless if they’re not enforced, after all, and every new gun control law creates a brand new gun crime that depends on armed police for its enforcement. Of course it’s easy for the Left to ignore conservatives making this argument, but they might have a tougher time avoiding the issue now that Kim Kelly is making some similar points in a new piece at the Washington Post, of all places.
Kelly’s no conservative. She’s a freelance writer who’s appeared in places like Teen Vogue, and she’s a firm supporter the International Workers of the World (better known as the Wobblies) as well as a big fan of “direct action” (versus non-violent confrontation) to further political goals. She’s also no fan of Joe Biden’s gun control plan, which she makes clear would put lower-income Americans at risk “while doing little to curb gun violence.”
Rather than focusing on the disconnect between gun control and defunding police, Kelly issues a class-based critique of Biden’s plan to require Americans to either turn in their existing “assault weapons” or register them under the National Firearms Act. Kelly correctly notes that new law would have a disproportionate impact on the poor, who may not be able to easily come up with the $200 to pay for their NFA tax stamp.