Shooting Club Pres: Opportunists Using Sandy Hook to Push Every Conceivable Gun Control Angle

Shooting Club Pres: Opportunists Using Sandy Hook to Push Every Conceivable Gun Control Angle

Amid the renewed push for gun control sparked by the second anniversary of Sandy Hook, Louisiana Shooting Association president Daniel Zelenka argues that the heinous attack on the school has become a catch-all for opportunists seeking the passage of their pet gun control measures. 

He says the attack was transformed into a catch-all shortly after it happened and that gun control failed at the federal level because the laws introduced in the wake of Sandy Hook had nothing to do with Sandy Hook, nor would they have stopped the attack on the school.

The gun control effort that has popped up since Newtown has been largely unsuccessful because no law which they support would have even the slightest chance of preventing another Newtown-like tragedy,” Zelenka said, according to the Times-Picayune.

He also spoke about the demands made by Bloomberg-funded Everytown for Gun Safety: “California has passed every single gun control law on Everytown’s wish list and then some. None of these laws had the least effect on the Santa Barbara shooter. He complied with every one, then engaged in criminal activity.”

Zelenka is referencing Santa Barbara gunman Elliot Rodger who went through background checks for his firearm purchases, then registered his guns with the state government, then obeyed the ban on “high capacity” magazines–using only magazines that held 10 rounds or less. But none of these laws prevented or even hindered his May 23 attack. 

In light of gun control’s ineffectiveness against crime, Zelenka argues that the only thing it succeeds in doing is to “discourage gun ownership, i.e., to discourage the exercise of a constitutional right.” 

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