Perhaps unintentionally, the Los Angeles Times on Monday explained in simple, matter-of-fact language how anti-rights gun prohibitionists have successfully eroded the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens, laying bare the strategy they will continue to use until the right to keep and bear arms, and the liberty that right represents, have been erased.
In a discussion of California’s Proposition 63, the gun control measure on this fall’s ballot that will require background checks on ammunition purchases, the newspaper said this:
“Proposition 63 would enact the toughest gun controls in the United States. But it also would do something else: represent an astonishing historical milestone.
“And if passed as expected, the ballot measure would illustrate a textbook example of how public policy can be radically changed in a democracy laden with competing checks and balances.
“How is that? Through the long, slow process of taking incremental steps over decades. By pushing hard and steadily, but with patience.
“Massive change doesn’t necessarily have to come suddenly through a pitchforks-and-torches rebellion.”
It’s the proverbial frog in a pot of water story. The water has slowly heated and the frog doesn’t notice until it’s been cooked.
There is more to this proposal, as detailed by the Sacramento Bee.
Championed by wannabe future governor Gavin Newsom, a fanatical anti-gunner, the measure appears destined for passage, according to the newspaper. The story said polls show Proposition 63 with about 2-to-1 support. It also said “The National Rifle Assn. is waving the white flag and spending its money on other battles.”
There’s a quote from Newsom that should both alarm and alert every gun owner on the West Coast.
“Ammunition is the last frontier of gun safety. A gun has never killed anyone unless it’s used as a blunt instrument. It’s a gun and ammunition.”-Gavin Newsom
This is the long term strategy of the anti-rights left: Piecemeal erasure of a constitutionally delineated civil right with which it does not agree. As the Second Amendment community often says, gun control is about control. Like it or not, the right to own a gun without government encumbrances represents the purest form of liberty, say rights advocates.
Passing such legislation may represent the purest form of deceit. Anti-gunners can say with a straight face that “nobody is coming to take your guns.”
They’ve got a better tactic. Over time, perhaps decades, one’s right to have a gun will be whittled away until there is nothing left.