Media call for gun confiscation

Gun-control supporters often insist the restrictions they demand are not intended to lead to gun confiscation. All they want, they say, are “reasonable, commonsense” gun safety laws.

In December, however, one of the most vocal gun-control supporting organizations, the New York Times, responded to the terrorist attack in San Bernadino, Calif., by calling for the confiscation of commonly owned guns. It did so in the newspaper’s first front-page editorial since 1920.

The Times said, “It’s a moral outrage and national disgrace that civilians can legally purchase weapons designed to kill people with brutal speed and efficiency….it is past time to stop talking about halting the spread of firearms and instead to reduce their number drastically – eliminating some large categories of weapons and ammunition…. Certain kinds of weapons, like the slightly modified combat rifles used in California, and certain kinds of ammunition, be outlawed for civilian ownership. It is possible to define those guns in a clear and effective way and, yes, it would require Americans who own those kinds of weapons to give them up for the good of their fellow citizens.”

How about the New York Times shutting down its presses for the good of fellow citizens?

The Washington Post, which also supports gun control, pointed out that people outside New York City don’t care what the Times thinks. “Voters in middle America aren’t its subscribers,” the Post said. And the Post is right. Americans are buying firearms at an unprecedented rate.

AR-15s – presumably the firearms the Times thinks should be confiscated first – are the most widely used rifles for home protection, defensive firearms training and marksmanship competition and they’re quickly becoming some of the most popular hunting rifles as well.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who once said she wished she could require “Mr. and Mrs. America” to “turn them all in,” has introduced “assault weapon” legislation to ban the manufacture, importation and sale of AR-15s, all other detachable-magazine semi-automatic rifles, all semi-automatic shotguns, several other categories of firearms and magazines that hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition.

But just as expanded background checks are intended to lead to registration, “assault weapon” legislation, too, has an ultimate goal. To the chagrin of gun-control supporters who hold their cards close to their vests, the Times has reminded us precisely what that goal is.

ALFRED B. PETTIT JR.

Gloversville

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