Everytown Misrepresents Second Amendment Sanctuaries

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All around the nation over the last few years, more and more regions have been adopting the status of Second Amendment sanctuaries. Most have been cities or counties, but a handful of states have adopted the status as well.

The premise is generally very simple: No more than the current set of gun control laws.

While now is far from ideal, the truth is that the current status quo is far more preferable than where President Joe Biden and his Democratic allies in Congress would like to see us.

Leave it to the gun control crowd to blatantly misrepresent the entire movement.

With Democrats controlling the presidency and Congress, Republican state lawmakers concerned about the possibility of new federal gun control laws aren’t waiting to react.

Legislation in at least a dozen states seeks to nullify any new restrictions, such as ammunition limits or a ban on certain types of weapons. Some bills would make it a crime for local police officers to enforce federal gun laws.

That can create confusion for officers who often work with federal law enforcement, said Daniel Isom, a former chief of the St. Louis Police Department who is now a senior advisor for Everytown for Gun Safety. Federal law plays a big role in some areas, such as keeping guns away from domestic violence offenders.

Putting local officers in a position to decide which laws to enforce is the last thing police need at a time when cities such as St. Louis are experiencing a rise in violent crime, Isom said.

“This has been an extremely challenging year for both communities and law enforcement, and to ask any more mental strain on officers at this point in time seems to be quite displaced,” he said. Gun sales also have set monthly records nationwide since the coronavirus pandemic took hold.

Isom is concerned about a Missouri measure passed by the state House that would allow police departments with officers who enforce federal gun laws to be sued and face a $50,000 fine. It’s not the first time Missouri has considered such a bill, but supporters pointed to President Joe Biden taking office as a reason to pass it now.

Here’s the thing, though. Police in those areas will know exactly what can and can’t be enforced. Police aren’t stupid. They’re not going to be bumbling around trying to figure out what they can and can’t do. They’ll be briefed after such measures pass and they’ll either listen to the briefing or they won’t.

If they don’t, there may be some repercussions as in Missouri. In others, there may not.

However, Isom is the mouthpiece for a group of people who routinely try to paint anything remotely as pro-gun in the worst possible light. Those are the same people who have been, historically, very wrong about guns at pretty much every single turn.

And yet the media still listens to them.

But the simple fact will always remain that gun control will continue to be a complete and absolute failure. Criminals are getting guns not through otherwise lawful transactions from law-abiding citizens. They’re not getting them from licensed gun dealers. There are exceptions, but as a rule, they’re getting them from other criminals.

What that means is that gun control isn’t something that will ever work. Everytown continues to fail to address that little tidbit, but then again, if they faced reality, they wouldn’t be part of Everytown.

 

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Apr 09, 2021 5:00 PM ET