• Sen. Booker Thinks Concerns About Mandatory Gun Buy-Back Is ‘Fear-Mongering’

    Surge Summary: Presidential candidate Sen. Corey Booker laments the implication that he supports a plan for government to forcibly take certain firearms from legal gun-owners. Mind you, he actually does endorse such a plan, but he doesn’t want people to talk about it.

    On Friday, Democratic presidential candidate Cory Booker knocked what he called “fear-mongering” about law enforcement forcibly confiscating legally owned assault-style weapons such as the AR-15 rifle.

    “I hate when Democrats use the language that Republicans try to use to scare people away as opposed to the sort of pragmatism and practicality of this,” the New Jersey senator said during an interview with CNN. “We’ve seen around this world, countries that have said enough of these assault rifles. They dealt with the problem that got them off of their streets. These weapons should not be in this country.” [Mairead McArdle/National Review]

    The former Newark, NJ mayor “hates” the language that implies Democrats endorse the government’s requiring Americans give up their previously legal firearms? I bet he does. Who wants to alert normal folks about Leftists’ statist, coercive plans?

    Sadly, for the president-wanna be, that is precisely what some of his colleagues are planning on doing.

    Booker, for example, supports fellow presidential contender Beto O’Rourke’s policy proposal, which captured a passel of attention at Thursday evening’s Democratic debate when O’Rourke thundered, “H*ll yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47.”

    The former El Paso congressman supports a so-called “mandatory-buyback program” for AR-15 and AK-47 rifles, a move that goes further than the voluntary-buyback program other Democratic 2020 contenders, including former vice president Joe Biden and Senator Bernie Sanders, have endorsed.

    “You have to set up a system. Yeah, that is mandatory,” Booker said, explaining that he would ban assault-style weapons using the 1986 National Firearms Act as a model. “You have to set up a system to pull them off. But this idea, this imagery that the fear-mongers and demagogues try to say of somehow armed police officers showing up and confiscating weapons, that’s the fear-mongering.”

    There’s a term for Cory Booker’s (and other Democrats’) rhetorical tactic here: it’s called “gaslighting”. Dictionary.com defines it: “to cause (a person) to doubt his or her sanity through the use of psychological manipulation.”

    To put it in folksy terms by borrowing a popular, humorous line: the gun-grabbers are asking: Are you voters going to believe our smooth assurances, or your own lying ears?

    So, a question for the Honorable Sen. Corey Booker: exactly what will happen when millions of gun-owners decline to heed your diktat and surrender their Second Amendment rights? When they declare, No, you can’t have my AR-15 or my AK-47? Will police eventually show up to insist they co-operate? Or will the authorities simply allow the “law-breakers” to persist in their defiance?

    Or are those of us putting forth these concerns only being “fear-mongers and demagogues”?

    H/T: Mairead McArdle/National Review

    Image: Adapted from: AFGE – Our Rights, Our Fight Rally on Capitol Hill, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=76279918

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