One of the difficulties the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence wrestles with (unsuccessfully) is the tension between claiming to be "moderate" in its anti-gun jihadism on the one hand, and advocating the extreme, pro-tyranny position of a "government monopoly on force," on the other. And yes, CSGV actually does try to claim that their position is "moderate," and that their agenda poses no threat to the vast majority of gun owners.
We have touched on this a bit in the past, noting that a book co-authored by CSGV executive director Josh Horwitz advocates separating the "insurrectionists" (anyone who believes that the Second Amendment exists to protect the people's right to the means of effectively resisting a tyrannical government) from the "acceptable" (for now) gun owners: hunters and those who own guns for self-defense:
Isolate the Insurrectionists by embracing the self-defenders and the sporting gun owners. The fact remains that most gun owners are not Insurrectionists. The majority of gun owners keep guns primarily for self-protection or recreation, not to prepare for some future Armageddon. Insurrectionists do not deserve the cover provided them by self-defenders and sporting gun owners.
Their idea of what "embracing" the "self-defenders" entails is rather odd, given the fact that the group's name until 1989 was the National Coalition to Ban Handguns, and that the name change was motivated not by a sudden desire to "embrace" handgun owners, but to expand their prohibitionist agenda to so-called "assault weapons," too. From Kristin A. Gross's "Disarmed: The Missing Movement for Gun Control in America":
In that year , the National Coalition to Ban Handguns changed its name to Coalition to Stop Gun Violence to reflect its view that assault rifles, as well as handguns, should be outlawed.
Remember also, as we discussed here, that the Supreme Court found in its 2008 Washington D.C. v Heller decision that "the American people have considered the handgun to be the quintessential self-defense weapon."
So what gives? How can an organization claim to "embrace" those Americans who own guns for self-defense, while simultaneously wanting to ban the guns Americans "consider to be the quintessential self-defense weapon"?
Well, according to their Twitter feed last Friday, it's not simultaneous, because that they have not lobbied for a handgun ban for decades:
We haven't advocated for a national ban on handguns since the 1980s. So very long ago.
This, they claim, shows that they have become "moderate":
We've become more moderate over time, more compromising. And we're proud of that. Opposite of #NRA
Actually, they repeatedly made the claim of having abandoned a handgun ban agenda decades ago:
If we had lobbied for a national ban on handguns since the 80s, there'd be a record of such. There isn't
Well, actually, yes there is. CSGV's profile as an affiliate of the International Action Network on Small Arms (IANSA), as recently as 2010, is quite explicit:
CSGV supports a ban on the importation, manufacture, sale and transfer of handguns and assault weapons for civilian use.
When confronted with that, they had an answer:
Ahhh... Everything in that IANSA profile is outdated.
Well, not much of an answer, really. The profile is "outdated"? More than 20 years outdated? Besides, even the first archived appearance of that profile is in 2006, still something like 20 years after they claim to have stopped advocating a handgun ban. It's one thing to claim that they didn't get around (for decades) to updating the profile when their mission supposedly changed, but they're claiming that the profile was "outdated" when it was written.
Besides, CSGV is still selling (or at least trying to sell--St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner does not claim that they are finding many buyers) a t-shirt with their logo--a revolver with a red slash through it--the universal symbol for a ban.
CSGV wants a "government monopoly on force." That cannot be achieved while we the people have any firearms. It may suit their purposes to hide parts of their sick, pro-tyranny agenda, but they will always be ready to lobby for whatever gun prohibition they think has a chance of being imposed on the once-free American people. And always ready to lie through their teeth.
- Divide and conquer: CSGV's strategy to disarm us piecemeal
- The toxic 'embrace' of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence