Gun control is, essentially, the idea that you can legislate away what bad people might do by regulating what good people can do. At the heart of things, that’s all that’s on the table and anyone with an ounce of intellectual honesty will admit it.
However, there are plenty of people who may agree that’s true but figure that trickle-down gun safety is a legitimate concept. Others either are too dense to understand that or too intellectually bankrupt to admit the truth.
But it’s always fun when you see a gun control advocate start to grasp at reality. We got a chance thanks to a high school journalism site, of all places. There, one gun control activist seems to be on the brink of tasting the truth.
Beverly Hills, San Diego, Oakland, Half Moon Bay, Monterey Park, Goshen, and San Francisco. Seven California mass shootings in January have left at least 31 dead and 22 injured, according to the Gun Violence Archive (GVA).
The string of shootings in California have become part of a gun violence pandemic. The rate of mass shootings has risen in recent years to a peak of 690 incidents in 2021—almost two per day.
The GVA defines a mass shooting as an event where at least four people are injured or killed with a firearm, not including the perpetrator. This definition excludes acts of gun violence that kill or harm less than four people, which total, brought the number of gun deaths in 2020 up to 45,222, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
“I was heartbroken. I was devastated. It’s just tiring to see that we can’t have spaces that are supposed to be safe anymore, because we deserve to have safe spaces,” said Ashley Castillo, a member of the national advisory board for Students Demand Action about the Monterey Park shooting,
Of course, Castillo trips over herself to not see the reality, but I’ll do what I can to help her along.
You see, California has tons of gun control laws on the books. Over 100, as a matter of fact. More than you’ll find pretty much anywhere. It’s almost enough to make New York and New Jersey look pro-gun.
Despite all those laws, California couldn’t provide those “safe spaces” Castillo laments not having. They’ve banned assault weapons and so-called high-capacity magazines. They restrict handguns to just a handful of models available for sale and they restrict homemade firearms, or so-called ghost guns. They even require background checks for ammunition purchases.
And yet, none of that provided any safe space. Absolutely none of them.
That’s because gun control really is the premise that you can regulate the actions of law-abiding people to such a degree that criminals are unable to break the law by the transitive property of total fantasy. That’s really what we’re talking about here, and Castillo almost got a taste of the truth.
Unfortunately, she’s fully embraced the gun control narrative, so she’ll do like so many of the veterans of her movement have done. She’ll contort herself to hide from the truth.
Such a shame, really, but what else can you expect?