Adding “Common Sense” does not make an argument logical

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Recently, The Signal published an OpEd piece from a member of the far left, Anthony Breznican, calling for “Common Sense” gun control in the wake of the deadly attack in Las Vegas.  Breznican is not alone in for calling for said measures.  After an attack like this, anti-gun politicians and pundits come out in droves to make the empty claim for “common sense” gun control.

The problem is that we have actual gun control laws that make sense already on the books, the problem is that they are not fully enforced.  For example, in 2009 the FBI reported  71,000 separate times when people lied on their background checks to buy guns. However, the DOJ has only prosecuted a fraction of percentage at 77 cases.

In the case of California, voters passed an extremely misguided and flawed Proposition 47, called The Safe Neighborhoods and Schools Act, which had absolutely nothing to do with keeping neighborhoods safe.  This law reduced all “non-violent” felonies to misdemeanors.  One of those “non-violent” felonies was possession of a stolen firearm.  Now, if someone is arrested for possession of a stolen firearm that is valued less than 999 dollars, they get a misdemeanor citation, and in some cases, get released right there in the field.  There are several things wrong with this, but mostly being that some of the most popular and widely used firearms in crimes are less than 600 dollars.  The one gun control law that made sense, the liberals took away, not the NRA or pro-gun groups.

Breznican calls anyone that resists him and his extreme views on guns as “crazies” and cannot fathom why supporters of the Second Amendment are so adamant against new laws.  He refuses to acknowledge that firearms owners and the “Gun Lobby” have compromised on many different occasions in the past.  The following are just a few examples of how much gun owners have “compromised” and given up our rights in order to make for a safer America.

National Firearms Act (NFA) (1934) – Taxes the manufacture and transfer of, and mandates the registration of Title II weapons such as machine guns, short-barreled rifles and shotguns, heavy weapons, explosive ordnance, suppressors, and disguised or improvised firearms.

Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (1968) – Prohibited interstate trade in handguns, increased the minimum age to 21 for buying handguns.

Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA) (1968) – Focuses primarily on regulating interstate commerce in firearms by generally prohibiting interstate firearms transfers except among licensed manufacturers, dealers, and importers.

Firearm Owners Protection Act (FOPA) (1986) – Revised and partially repealed the Gun Control Act of 1968. Prohibited the sale to civilians of automatic firearms manufactured after the date of the law’s passage. Required ATF approval of transfers of automatic firearms.

Undetectable Firearms Act (1988) – Effectively criminalizes, with a few exceptions, the manufacture, importation, sale, shipment, delivery, possession, transfer, or receipt of firearms with less than 3.7 oz of metal content.

Gun-Free School Zones Act (1990) – Prohibits unauthorized individuals from knowingly possessing a firearm at a place that the individual knows, or has reasonable cause to believe, is a school zone.

Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (1993) – Requires background checks on some firearm purchasers, depending on seller and venue.

Federal Assault Weapons Ban (1994–2004)

So let’s talk gun control then, and what Mr. Breznican would classify as “common sense” gun control laws.  The first thing he wants is to ban so-called “assault weapons.”  Well, we tried that and during the ten years that the law was active, it stopped a whopping 0 mass shootings, during the 10-year span of the law, 16 mass shootings occurred.  And out of that, only 2 incidents had a semiautomatic rifle being used.  This tells us one very important fact, evil finds a way.  Take one thing away and something else takes its place.

According to Leah Libresco, a statistician and former writer for FiveThirtyEight hardline gun bans and buyback programs have done nothing to curb gun related-crime in countries like Britain and Australia. Ms. Libresco goes on to say that the term “Assault weapon” is an invented classification for semi-automatic weapons with two or more features such as grenade-launcher, folding stock or pistol grip.

While we are on this subject allow me to address Hillary Clinton claim about silencers, an AR-15 with a silencer would have reduced the sound of the gun shots by 30-decibels to about 132 decibels or roughly the equivalent sound level of a jackhammer. Mrs. Clinton needs to stop getting her gun information from movies.

So to put it bluntly banning these firearms is a useless and pointless gesture.  According to tot he FBI, during 2012 thru 2016, there was approximately 66,231 firearm related homicides in the country.  Out of that number, 1,473 were killed with an unspecified model rifle.  That means that from 2012 to 2016, rifles were used in a whopping 0.02 percent of all firearm-related homicides.  Compare that to 0.47 percent of homicides caused by handguns.

In 2014, according to the CDC, there were 586 fatal accidents caused by firearms; 586 out of 136,053 fatal accidents in the country. That means that firearms were responsible for only 0.4% of fatal accidents, with poisoning, motor vehicle traffic accidents and falls, taking the top 3 spots in a combined 79.2% of the fatal accidents in 2014. Out of a total of 2,626,418 deaths in the U.S. during 2014 according to the CDC, firearms cause 0.01% of those deaths.

Getting back to Breznican, he says that “most assault-weapon enthusiasts defend these weapons because they enjoy them as toys.”  Did he personally talk to the several million owners of these firearms?  How did he come up with such a bold statement like that?  The fact of the matter is that Breznican and his gun grabbing liberal friends is what gun owners refer to as a “hoplophobe,” or a person with a morbid fear of guns.  They do not understand or want to be around them.

Senator Dianne Feinstein  even said that no gun control law that has been proposed could have prevented this tragedy from having occurred.  Banning so-called “assault weapons” would not have prevented it, he passed background checks, bought everything legally and he did all of it over a length of time.

Breznican is very wrong on gun control, it is clear that he has an irrational fear of guns and should consider seeking professional help to work through his issues.

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Matt Funicello
Matt Funicello is a Marine Corps and law enforcement veteran and founder of the California Conservative Action Group.  He is ardent supporter of the 2nd Amendment as well as individual liberty.  He was born in La Cresenta, raised in North Hills, Ca and moved to Santa Clarita in 2007.  He is married with two young boys, of which is a main motivation for bringing back conservative values to California in order to make a better life for his family.