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  • Mandated Gun Buybacks? It’s an Idea Some Democrats Are Now Pushing

    Surge Summary: As part of their gun control proposals, some big name Democrats are pushing the same kind of mandatory gun-buy-back program that Australia has implemented.

    In Progressive precincts, it’s a sadly familiar story: you try the Constitutional way, and if that falls short you opt for “whatever” will advance your Leftist, big-government agenda.

    Rick Moran/PJ Media informs us Liberal Democrats, stymied and exasperated by congressional inaction on gun control, appear poised to adopt a radical proposal. That it wouldn’t stop one single mass shooting? Doesn’t seem to much matter – it would make them feel good about not solving the problem.

    “Mandatory gun buybacks” is an imported idea that Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke supported after the mass shooting in El Paso. The idea comes from Australia where the government instituted a mandatory buyback program following a mass shooting in 1996.

    Doubtless, that “mandatory” element gets not a few among Beto and Company especially excited. Additionally, Liberals swoon at the ostensible Australian results: suicides and homicides plummeted. Of course, on top of the coerced buyback program, there was radical gun control legislation which rendered it much more difficult to own any kind of firearm. Tolerable, perhaps, in the “Land Down Under”; but an obnoxious problem in a nation like the United States which boasts a Second Amendment.

    In any case, if Beto O’Rourke and his ilk are to be taken seriously, gun confiscation is no longer merely a scare tactic used by Republicans to get elected. It looms here on America’s shores.

    Which is another familiar story: imagine the worst possible Lefty scenario and then wait – it eventually materializes.

    From NBCNews:

    “Clearly what we’ve seen is that approach has failed, and the reason this has failed — and it’s reflected in our politics on every issue — is there’s no interest on the other side to ever do anything,” said [Igor] Volsky [founder of Guns Down America Action Fund].

    In addition to the mandatory buybacks O’Rourke is championing, other 2020 Democratic candidates have sought proposals to make themselves stand out. … Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren called for a threefold and fourfold tax increase on guns and ammunition, respectively. New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, meanwhile, has made requiring a federal license to buy firearms a centerpiece of his campaign, and others, like O’Rourke, Warren, and South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, have adopted similar plans.

    “You have 20 Democratic presidential candidates each trying to look more anti-gun rights than the other for their base, so they have to have different proposals,” Alan Gottlieb, founder of the pro-gun Second Amendment Foundation, said. “It’s more heated. It’s more in-your-face.”

    With the center of gravity in the Democratic Party skewing left, the more radical the gun control proposal, the more support a candidate gets.

    Along with individuals possessing basic reading skills and access to a copy of the Constitution, experts have raised concerns about how something like a mandatory buyback law that requires gun owners sell their assault-style weapons could be implemented. A National Rifle Association estimate claims so-called “semi-automatic” rifles could make up as many as 15 million of the more than 300 million privately owned firearms in the country.

    Former Democratic presidential candidate Eric Swalwell suggests one approach could be allowing owners to keep their guns if they store them at a shooting range or hunting club.

    (And wouldn’t that be magnanimous of the government!)

    It’s always a challenge to make radical proposals sound reasonable. Both O’Rourke and Swalwell aren’t concerned about reasonableness as much as they care about gutting the Second Amendment. In order to make gun ownership illegal, you must first win the point that the subject is open for debate. Gun groups have successfully blocked that notion for years, but it’s becoming harder to do so.

    That said, Democrats’ animus toward self-defense rights is laid bare. They appear willing to promote an idea that well could lose them far more votes than they might gain.

    Thus, proving another of life’s hoary maxims: there really is a silver lining to every cloud.

    Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay 


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