In the wake of violent crime significantly higher than it was just a few years ago and an alarming number of mass shootings, it’s unsurprising that some people want gun control.
It’s not that such measures actually do anything, but the media portrays it to the world like those laws either will help or are the outright answer to all of our problems.
And they’ll talk to anyone who helps them provide that spin.
Take this one from a Tampa television station as an example.
Following another round of deadly mass shootings, Democrats and advocates are demanding that Congress move forward with gun control legislation.
But if they want to pass anything soon, they’ll have to find a way to get Republicans on board too.
On Thursday, lawmakers and advocates rallied to talk about next steps.
Congresswoman Lucy McBath says it’s crucial for lawmakers to keep pushing for reform. For her, the cause is personal because she lost her son in a shooting.
“It’s common sense solutions that save lives,” McBath said. “It’s background checks. It’s red flag laws. It’s banning assault weapons.”
Senator Raphael Warnock says he’s frustrated lawmakers haven’t done more.
“What trauma are we visiting upon our children when we tell them that the best we can to is to tell them how to hide?” Warnock said.
Now, this is a Tampa television station. For those not up on their Florida geography, it’s not exactly close to Georgia.
So why seek comment from two members of Congress from Georgia? Because both Warnock and McBath are known to favor gun control while Sens. Rick Scott and Marco Rubio aren’t.
The truth is, though, that even without Florida’s senators on board, there’s ample push to enact still more gun control. We all knew that what passed last year wasn’t going to be the end of it. It never is the end of it.
All these folks are still pushing for gun control, but they’ll always be pushing for gun control. With every law passed, they simply hop to the next thing and try to push it.
Each and every effort just inches us further and further down the road toward near-total disarmament.
Of course, the media covers this uncritically, as they do here. They enable it by never asking when is it going to be enough.
To be fair, they also include Sen. Josh Hawley’s call for increased penalties for so-called gun crimes, but that’s really more blaming guns for the issue. After all, what is innately worse about an armed robbery with a gun versus one with a knife?
I can’t think of anything other than that one detail, so even there, the focus is on guns and not the people.
And that’s where we have to start looking if we want anything to change for the better.
The upside there is that not only do we have fewer crimes, but we’ll also end up with more productive citizens helping to keep our nation chugging along economically. It’s a win for everyone, including the would-be criminals.
It’s just too bad that the gun control crowd is so fixated on the object of their own fetish and uninterested in real solutions.
The upside, though, is that there’s no chance of more gun control being passed in Congress, no matter which lawmakers from another state they talk to.