Emma Gonzalez has been one of the most recognizable faces of the Parkland crowd. Her shaved head and militant attitude brand her as a typical leftist radical. The media’s love affair with her and her friends from school only amplified her leftist views on guns.
However, the Parkland crowd has been quick to say that no one was coming for our guns. Oh, they want gun control, but they claim they only want what they describe as “sensible” reforms to our country’s gun laws. Again, they’re not coming for our guns.
Emma didn’t get that memo, apparently.
Reacting to the shooting at a Waffle House in Tennessee in which several people were shot, far-left activist Emma González immediately attacked the NRA and Smith & Wesson Corp.
After several tweets, González called for the confiscation of all semi-automatic firearms, writing: “Removing the assault and semi-automatic weapons from our Civilian society, instituting thorough background checks and mandatory waiting periods (and raising the buying age and banning the production of high-capacity magazines) are the ways to stop shootings in America.”
(4/4) Removing the assault and semi-automatic weapons from our Civilian society, instituting thorough background checks and mandatory waiting periods (and raising the buying age and banning the production of high-capacity magazines) are the ways to stop shootings in America.
— Emma González (@Emma4Change) April 22, 2018
The only way to remove semi-automatic weapons from our civilian society is through gun confiscation. The AR-15 is owned by roughly 5 million people in this country. That doesn’t count those who own AK-47s, AK-74s, FALs, and other so-called assault rifles, or people with Glocks, 1911s, Ruger 10/22s, Remington 750s, Browning BARs, and so on. By the time you “remove” all of those, you’re probably looking at tens of millions of gun owners you will have to take weapons from.
Good luck with that one.
Of course, it’s easy for Gonzalez to makes calls like this. Her butt isn’t in the hot seat. She’s not the one who will have to deal with the ramifications of something like this. She doesn’t even have to try and figure out how to make it work. All she has to do is run her mouth and spout off platitudes.
The reality of something like this is a logistical nightmare. Even if you follow the Australian model for disarmament, you’re still banking on millions upon millions of weapons to be turned in. Even if everything goes well, that’s still a lot of weapons that will need to be disposed of. That many guns will also serve as a tempting target for criminals. That, of course, means incredibly tight security.
And absolutely none of this deals with the potential civil war that could be sparked with any kind of gun confiscation scheme. That is a reality, one that Gonzalez believes she’d be insulated from, but I’m not so sure. This won’t be guys in gray coats fighting guys in blue coats in what would pass for a regular war anywhere else. No, this would be dirty, and it would happen everywhere in this country
Luckily, I don’t think most people really buy into what Gonzalez and her crowd are peddling. Oh, they might support an assault weapon ban, but a full semi-automatic ban? I doubt it.