Stepping down from his position as executive director of former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg's "Everytown for Gun Safety" (formerly "Mayors Against Illegal Guns" and "Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America"), Mark Glaze startled gun rights advocates with an unprompted acknowledgement of a basic fact that we have been hammering for years. Glaze admitted that the high profile mass shootings that "gun control" groups so callously, opportunistically exploit to advance their forcible citizen disarmament agenda would not have been prevented by the measures they claim these shootings prove the need for. From the Wall Street Journal:
And Mr. Glaze said the movement hasn’t solved one of its signature problems: Many mass shootings wouldn’t have been stopped by tighter regulations proposed by gun-control advocates, even if they might have prevented other gun crimes.
"Many" would not have been stopped? It would be interesting to find out if he can name one that would have. Glaze words it this way:
Because people perceive a mismatch in the policy solutions that we have to offer and the way some of these mass shootings happened, you know, it is a messaging problem for us, I think. … Is it a messaging problem when a mass shooting happens and nothing that we have to offer would have stopped that mass shooting? Sure it’s a challenge in this issue.
Hmm . . . "messaging problem." Well, that, one must suppose, is one way of putting the fact that the "gun control" groups' "message" is a lie, and a rather transparent one at that.
Every mass shooting is immediately followed by clamorous calls for more restrictive gun laws. These days, it's primarily calls for "universal background checks." One little problem--every one of the guns used in every one of the recent mass shootings was bought with the buyer having passed such a check. Sandy Hook Elementary, Isla Vista, Tucson, Ft. Hood (twice), Aurora movie theater, Virginia Tech--each and every one of those guns was sold without any fabricated "loopholes."
That didn't stop President Obama from claiming to find it "stunning" that the United States Senate did not pass a "universal background check bill" after the Sandy Hook atrocity, despite the fact that none of the guns present that day were sold without such a check. Just Tuesday, Hillary Clinton expressed her own "disappointment" that the Sandy Hook killings could not be successfully exploited into justification to ban private gun sales.
The "gun control" movement requires mass shootings--horrifying, indescribably evil slaughter of innocents, just to gain any public support. When those shootings occur, there is a "playbook" instructing the gun ban lobby on how to exploit them. When asked about the chances of new infringements on that which shall not be infringed, the gun ban jihadists say it depends on how effectively they exploit--their word--the blood of the innocent victims.
Glaze--no longer on the payroll of an organization hoping to make the most of such exploitation--could afford his brief moment of honesty. The anti-gun groups, though, cannot. The lie is all they have.
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