I don’t think we’ll ever see a total end to the gun control push, but some efforts to advance anti-gun legislation are doomed while others seem to be sure things.
As with so many things, it depends on where you’re trying and what you’re trying. An effort that’s a sure thing in California isn’t going to fly in Missouri, for example.
In Nevada, Democrats are trying to push gun control, and it is not a sure thing at all. In the process, they show that there’s nothing they won’t stoop to in order to try and advance their efforts.
Nevada Democrats and gun control advocates rallied around a trio of bills Thursday that amplified calls for gun regulation while recalling the 2017 Las Vegas mass shooting that became the deadliest in U.S. history.
Now, note the reference to Las Vegas, an incident where a killer used a bump stock and an elevated position to gun down 60 people, making it the most deadly mass shooting in history not counting government atrocities.
By recalling that, one might assume the measures in question would relate to Las Vegas, right?
More than five years after a shooter killed scores of people at a country music concert, the recent rise in mass shootings across the U.S. was repeatedly cited in debates over a bill to solidify language meant to ban homemade “ghost guns” and raise the eligible age to possess semi automatic shotguns and assault weapons from 18 to 21.
Another bill would bar possession of a gun within 100 yards (91 meters) of an election site entrance, with narrow exceptions. A third bill would prohibit owning a firearm within a decade of a gross misdemeanor or felony hate crime conviction.
Of course, the killer used traditional, mass-produced firearms and was well above the age of 21 when he bought them. He also wasn’t near an election site nor had been convicted of anything so far as I’m aware.
In other words, literally none of these have anything to do with Las Vegas. They’re just using the bodies of 60 innocent people as a soapbox.
Nevada has a Democrat-controlled legislature, but a Republican governor. That would mean the effort is ultimately doomed, right?
Well, it would, expect that governor, Joe Lombardo, was the sheriff that dealt with Las Vegas. Possibly because of that experience, he’s actually backed other gun control proposals such as universal background checks.
So while these measures becoming law are far from a sure thing, it’s not a sure thing that they’ll be vetoed either.
That’s not a great position to be in.
Further, none of these would stop even future mass shootings from happening. Would-be killers have no problems finding ways to kill people. Even if you could keep them from getting guns entirely, which you can’t, they can kill with other weapons.
But I’m still disgusted with Democrats trying to pretend this had anything to do with Las Vegas when we know damn good and well it doesn’t.
I’m not, however, surprised by this. I’ve seen it far too often to be shocked.
Hopefully, none of these become law, but I’m not holding my breath.