The primary reason Progressives are trying to disarm the population is to increase the dependency of the average American on the government.
National (concealed carry) Reciprocity won bipartisan approval in the the House last year, passing by a margin of 272 to 154. National Reciprocity is expected to be added as an Amendment to the current gun control legislation pending in the Senate.
“Congress should recognize that the right to self-defense does not end at state lines,” said the NRA, in a statement issued last month when the measure was introduced in the Senate.
Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) described the measure this week as “the most pernicious” proposal under consideration and said approving the plan would mean that “Somebody could come from Wyoming to the big cities of New York or New Haven or Bridgeport and carry a concealed weapon, which is so against our way of life and the needs here in New York.”
Of course it’s against Chuck’s way of life. He doesn’t need a firearm since he has armed government security, provided at tax payer expense.
As a law enforcement officer I carried a concealed handgun for hundreds of days in Washington D.C., New York City, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Hartford and Newark. Under provisions of the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA), close to two million active and retired law enforcement officers are authorized to carry concealed handguns in all U.S. states and territories, including the District of Columbia. Thousands of law abiding citizens are quietly carrying concealed in these cities every day under LEOSA and state concealed carry laws, without untoward incidents happening.
Concealed carry permit holders not only commit fewer gun related crimes than law enforcement officers, many train and practice more than the average police officer. Contrary to popular belief, firearms training is a relatively small block of police academy training. Most law enforcement officers spend less than an hour firing 50 rounds of ammunition at annual “qualification” with their handguns.
As a federal agent we qualified quarterly and qualified with at least 200 rounds a year. But since retiring, I shoot at least twice a month and firing thousands of rounds a year. Many concealed carry permit holders train and practice more than an average police officer.
Concealed carry permit holders are the most law abiding and responsible citizens in America. We are all safer because of the responsible, law abiding citizens who chose to train and practice at their own expense. Firearms are used to prevent crime and save lives hundreds of thousands of times a year in America.
The ongoing debate over gun control is just another attempt by Progressives to make the average American dependent on the government in order to increase the Democrat Party’s power.
By disarming law-abiding Americans, Progressives hope to instill fear into people. Progressives want citizens totally dependent on the government. People who can’t protect themselves will be less likely to oppose increases in taxes or the size of government when they are totally dependent on the government to keep them safe.
People who depend on the government will also tend to be less likely to criticize the government because they know that government can choose to ignore its obligations to them.
If liberals were motivated by a desire to prevent gun violence, they would be in favor of laws which make it easier to convict criminals who use guns and demand that the government enforce the hundreds of current gun control laws.
Progressives work constantly to change America from a country where the government draws all authority from the people to a country where the people are dependent on the government and hence where people are controlled by the government.
If we are to stop the assault on Second Amendment civil rights, we must work tirelessly to make the average low-information voter aware of the Progressive self-interest at the core of their calls for gun control.