Gun control fans continue to use Sacramento to push agenda

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Those who support gun control really embrace the phrase, “Never let a good crisis go to waste.” There’s not a single “mass shooting” that they won’t try to use to push their agenda down the throats of ordinary Americans.

I put the words “mass shooting” in quotes because an incident doesn’t have to actually be what most of us think of when we hear the term for them to run with it.

Here’s just one of a plethora of examples I’ve seen.

Devastation. Anger. Frustration. Lament.

These are all feelings felt around the country following the news of yet another fatal mass shooting. On April 3, 2022, six people were killed and 12 more were injured after multiple rounds were fired in Sacramento, California. Now in the wake of another mass shooting, calls for gun control and legislative change have grown louder. The problem is: gun control should already be in place.

Of course, the path they go from here may vary a little bit, but it always ends with someone demanding more gun control.

They ignore that these shooters–some of them, if not all–got their guns illegally. They were prohibited people living in the most gun-controlled state in the nation. And yet, they were able to not just obtain firearms, but illegally convert at least one to full-auto.

That seems to always be left out of the discussion in the wake of Sacramento.

Saying that we should have had gun control a long time ago is easy to say, but it ignores the simple fact that most of those committing acts of murder are already lawfully prohibited from owning a firearm. Again, gun control fails.

In fact, as we’ve seen, numerous studies suggesting gun control works are terribly flawed. We have sufficient reason to doubt gun control actually works, even if we were willing to curtail our freedoms for some temporary safety.

We’re not.

Yet in the wake of Sacramento, we’re still seeing this push. Some will, as this author does later, try to tie this incident to other so-called mass shootings in their efforts to push their agenda. Others will find other ways to try and push it.

In the end, it doesn’t matter all that much. It’s the same song, even if the tune is tweaked a bit.

They don’t get that the American public isn’t interested. We’ve seen the polls. We know better.

So, they’re trying to push the public into believing things that just aren’t true, such as how gun control might have actually made a difference in Sacramento.

And, unfortunately, it may work. A lot of Americans don’t like to dig much deeper than the surface level. People retweet or reshare a post on social media because of the title alone. They don’t want to dig deeper and see what’s really going on. If they click the link, they’re often only there for a few seconds.

That means people will read this stuff and buy it.

Unless, of course, everyone pushes back. We need to make sure folks know this is a bogus comparison, that Sacramento was a gang battle, not someone flipping out and shooting up a place. This wasn’t Columbine or Las Vegas or any of the way too many mass shootings we can care to name.

But that won’t stop them from trying to push gun control no matter what.