The Democrats Are Still Giving Lip Service on Banning Guns
If you have seen or heard just about anything about the upcoming 2020 presidential election, you likely know that several Democratic candidates are proposing policies that would restrict firearm ownership for US citizens, if not get rid of your Second Amendment rights altogether. But it might be surprising to know that the idea of taking your firearms has been around for over a century within that party, going all the way to the Civil War. Then again, given the lack of creativity in some candidates, maybe it’s not so surprising.
We first see evidence of this right after the Civil war, when Jim Crow and postbellum South laws kept freed slaves and African Americans from owning any kind of firearm, leaving them defenseless to the attacks of the Democratic Ku Klux Klan. The Supreme Court noted this fact in 2008 saying, that “Blacks were routinely disarmed by the Southern States after the Civil War.” One of the horrific cases of this took place in 1876 when a group of white Democrats disarmed and murdered at least 60 black Republicans in Grant Parish, Louisiana, in the Colfax Massacre.
But the South was not the only area to experience this kind of brutality and hatred. In New York, Italian immigrants were discriminated against. Democrat government officials rigged the selective handgun licensing system in 1911 so that they immigrants, Italians in particular, could be denied a license and ownership.
Then in 1934, Democratic President Franklin D. Roosevelt supported the National Firearms Act, which would seek to ban “machine guns.” According to FDR, “Federal men are constantly facing machine-gun fire in the pursuit of gangsters.” He had already succeeded in banning them in New York when he was the governor there. Now he would try for nationwide gun control.
The ban required the NFA to define “machinegun,” which initially including both fully-automatic and semi-automatic rifles that could hold more than 12 rounds of ammo. However, the final version defined “machinegun” firearms as weapons that fired “automatically more than one shot, without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger.” This correctly excluded semi-automatics but incorrectly included fully-automatic rifles.
Luckily, even after such definitions, the Justice Department said the ban violated the Second Amendment.
Instead, Roosevelt disarmed 120,000 Japanese-Americans by putting them in concentration camps during WWII.
The next assault on our Second Amendment didn’t come until after President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in 1963. The legislation had been introduced before that, but because Kennedy was such a strong supporter of gun ownership rights, it would have been a waste of time to push the matter.
After his assassination, everything changed.
At first, his death was blamed on those of the right-wing, however, as Robert Kukla wrote in Gun Control, “the villain became the gun when it was discovered (Lee Harvey Oswald) … was a communist.”
Thus, the previously introduced bill now had standing, and over the next few years, it became the foundation of the gun laws in effect today, the Gun Control Act of 1968.
The first universal gun registration and gun owner licensing were pushed for by Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson. The first act created the National Coalition to Ban Handguns and the National Council to Control Handguns in 1974. However, after a decade of Congress and most states refusing to ban handguns, the group’s focus shifted to semi-automatic rifles in 1985.
Am I the only one seeing a pattern here? It doesn’t matter what type of firearm it is; they are all to be banned at some point by Dems.
According to the activist group said, “Efforts to restrict assault weapons are more likely to succeed than those to restrict handguns” due to the “public’s confusion over fully-automatic machine guns versus semi-automatic assault weapons – anything that looks like a machine gun is assumed to be a machine gun – can only increase the chance of public support for restrictions on these weapons.”
Since then, the liberal backed media has only helped support this idea by constantly portraying fully-automatic and machinegun weapons when talking about semi-autos and even commonplace rifles. Just look at CBS 48 Hours’ Armed and Deadly episode in 1968, NBC’s “Today Show” with Matt Lauer in 1993 and 1994, CNN reporter John Zarella and Ken Jenne’s portrayal in 2004, and NBC-5 Chicago’s Kim Vatis and Andrew Traver when showing overseas battlefield footage.
So is it really any wonder that Democrat candidates still want to take your guns and freedom?