Sometimes the gun lobby’s rants sound like they are out of the Onion. Despite the Heller decision, the defeat of universal background checks and assault weapon/ high-capacity magazine bans after Newtown, despite the legalization of concealed carry in every state, gun owners are still “oppressed.”
Why can’t “carriers” carry in schools or churches? Bars? Courtrooms and government offices? Why can’t carriers bring their gun to work? Why isn’t their carry permit honored in other states? Why can’t they “carry” at Chuck E. Cheese and Toys R Us? Oppression!!
Of course, in truth there is almost no legislative battle the gun lobby has not won from legalizing guns on Amtrak and in national parks (the same government “trying to take your guns”) to defeating one-gun-a-month purchase limits and mandatory reporting of lost or stolen guns laws. The gun lobby has even pushed through laws prohibiting the names of gun owners from being published. Guns keep their owners so safe—they don’t want anyone to know they have them?
But the string of legislative successes has created another problem for the gun lobby: how to convince followers they are still persecuted when it’s easier to buy a gun than Sudafed. Seven years ago “Obama’s gonna take your guns” galvanized the troops and sold a lot of guns, ammo and NRA memberships. Now crying “CONFISCATION ” is like crying “WOLF.” No one believes it anymore and the NRA looks irrelevant.
Enter new forms of “oppression” that gun owners did not even realize they were suffering from–like the oppression of waiting two days to procure a lethal weapon. Wisconsin’s 48-hour waiting period to buy handguns violates gun rights and amounts to a “time tax” charged Republican state Sen. Van Wanggaard this week. Why should “an individual that is able to lawfully possess a firearm,” be so restricted??
Laws against silencers also oppress gun owners’ rights. Why should gun owners have to endure ear damage when firing their weapons? Watch for bills legalizing silencers–which the gun lobby prefers to call “sound suppressors”–sailing through state legislatures in 2015.
Finally, the call for a ban on civilian sales of sniper weapons like TrackingPoint’s “Smart Scope” Military-Style Precision-Guided rifle which hits a target the size of a soup can from 1,000 yards away is another instance of gun owner oppression. “If we start banning technology like this, what’s next? What scope is next? What firearm is next?” wrote a Florida gun columnist. “We have to stand together to prevent this kind of erosion of our constitutional rights.”
Constitutional rights? To own a sniper weapon, silencer and endure no gun waiting period? In seeking new areas of gun rights “persecution,” the gun lobby sounds a lot like the boy who shoots his parents and cries he is an orphan.
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