Earlier this week, I discussed the group 97percent. It’s unsurprising that the media is tripping over themselves to give this group coverage, though it’s still kind of disgusting.
The group claims to represent gun owners who want gun control. That’s a contentious point of view, to say the least.
This group is just another in a string of groups that tries to pretend they represent our interests while actually representing the fringe elements of the firearm community. There’s nothing new there and, as yet, they’re little more than another reason to roll your eyes.
However, the New York Daily News has their own take on them, one blatant from their editorial headline: “Good gun owners unite: A new group could help break the deadlock on firearm-safety laws”
That’s right, boys and girls, you’re not good gun owners.
Nope. It doesn’t matter how responsible you are with your firearms, how careful you are to secure them after use in an effort to not just keep curious little hands away but also to prevent theft. It’s irrelevant how safely you use those firearms or how often you hold others accountable for the safe handling of firearms.
No, none of that matters.
You see, you’re not a good gun owner because you don’t support gun control.
In contrast, they look to the NRA’s history from 50 or more years ago–a time when they did support gun control and when such actions prompted the membership to oust the leadership of the day–and how today the group no longer bends the knee to anti-gun interests.
That all changed in the late 1970s, when the radicals took over, vowing that the government would only pry firearms from owners’ cold, dead hands. At the apex of its power in the mid-2000s, the NRA stopped Congress from renewing a federal ban on assault weapons and managed to win a disastrous liability shield for gun manufacturers. Now, it and its brethren are salivating over a potential national right to carry a concealed firearm.
But we have a right to carry concealed firearms. The right to keep and bear arms is enshrined in the Second Amendment. As a newspaper editorial board, they should recognize what words actually mean. Bearing arms means carrying them on your person. It doesn’t get much more explicit.
Many gun owners may not think that way, but that doesn’t make them bad gun owners. It means they hold a different opinion.
Not that I expect anyone at the New York Daily News to accept that.
Then again, how many gun owners do they actually know? For all their claims that the NRA is out of touch, what are the odds that they don’t know any gun owners outside of a handful of elite New Yorkers who really dislike the rabble like us having firearms?
Pretty slim, really.
The truth of the matter is that 97Percent is predicated on fabricated or questionable data and a bunch of people who figured out they could profit by flipping sides in the debate. They’re not good gun owners. At best, they’re just gun owners.
In reality, I wouldn’t be surprised to find out they’re not even that.