Here lately, gun control groups have been having a bit of a rough time of things. For example, the injunction on the ATF’s pistol brace rule–something anti-gun groups are supportive of–shows that while they might get gun control measures through at various levels, they’re not able to keep them on the books.
Much of that is due to the Bruen decision.
Basically, it looks like our lawyers are just doing a better job than their lawyers.
So, it looks like they’re getting sneaky about it.
Gun control groups are big Shakespeare fans, apparently. They’re taking a page from the famed Elizabethan-era bard’s Henry VI as the next play on foisting gun control on the American public.
“The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers,” Shakespeare wrote in the play.
Two gun control groups are putting a 21st Century twist on the line and taking to university campuses to convince law students to pledge to never represent the firearm industry, or its interests, in court.
Call it the long game. Gun control isn’t satisfied with attacking Second Amendment rights, or even First Amendment rights. Now, they’re targeting Sixth Amendment rights too. That’s the amendment that guarantees the right to be represented by legal counsel.
Giffords Courage to Fight Gun Violence and March for Our Lives, gun control groups headed by former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords and antigun billionaire Michael Bloomberg, respectively, are canvassing campuses to convince law students to sign a pledge they won’t represent the firearm industry or firearm owners when it comes to protecting and preserving Second Amendment rights. The gun control groups’ pledge peddles verifiably false claims to convince the aspiring lawyers that the firearm industry is responsible for violent crime in America.
Not criminals. Not gang violence. Not the illicit drug trade. They’re blaming the industry for crimes committed by violent offenders and ignoring basic legal foundations to sway law students to deny legal services to companies and individuals that follow the law
Of course, such a pledge is non-binding, but it’s still kind of problematic.
Now, so long as anyone else is able to do the same thing, there’s not much that can be done to prevent such a thing. The answer to bad speech is just better speech, and you know that Giffords and March for Our Lives aren’t exactly giving potential pledgers accurate self-defense statistics.
If equal access is being denied, however, that’s a different issue.
At the heart of things, though, is a harsh truth.
We’re winning in the courts.
If we weren’t, there’s no way these two groups would bother with law school students. They’re trying to make it impossible for the gun industry to get attorneys because ours have been wiping the floor with them in court for the last year.
So, if they can sever our ability to hire attorneys, they win by default.
Of course, that also tells you something about their thinking, too. It seems they are starting to realize that they don’t actually have the better arguments. They know they can’t win on an even playing field, so they’re trying to make it uneven.
It’s the act of a desperate group and everyone can see it.