In their ceaseless search for new reasons to push gun control, Gabby Giffords’ gun control group–Americans for Responsible Solutions (ARS)–is now pushing gun control as a way to fight terrorism.
While this is only one of the 10 proposals ARS is currently advocating, it is certainly one of the most egregious inasmuch as it demonstrates Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly will stoop to anything–to include pushing already failed measures–just to get some kind of gun legislation passed.
We have seen this with background checks, which Giffords is actively pushing as way of “stopping violence,” although her attacker–Jared Loughner–passed a background check to acquire the handgun with which he shot her.
And now we see it in the push to fight terrorism with gun control, which is taking place in the wake of recent terror attacks in Europe where Islamists were not hindered in the least by background checks that included not only a criminal checks, but also in-depth psychological checks.
Breitbart News previously reported that the simple act of obtaining a gun in Copenhagen requires a “squeaky-clean background” and extensive knowledge of everything from “gun safety to the mating habits of Denmark’s wildlife.” And in Paris, France where the original psychological check for gun ownership must be followed by yearly check-ins with a doctor in order to keep the gun, terrorists had no problem acquiring the weapons needed to carry out a violent attack against Charlie Hebdo headquarters.
The ease with which terrorists in Copenhagen and Paris acquired firearms caused The Washington Post to report that the example of Europe proved the uselessness of expanded background checks.
Yet Giffords’ group is pushing gun control as way to “make it harder for suspected terrorists to get guns.” They also want new laws on “gun trafficking”–although we already have laws against gun trafficking–and they continue their war on gun shows and internet classified ads for firearms.
As Breitbart News reported when Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) was pushing background checks for internet-based classified ads in 2013, it is a small jump from background checks for internet classified ads to background checks for newspaper-based classified ads.
Remember–gun control does not control criminals or terrorists, it only controls law-abiding citizens who, ironically, are not a threat to begin with.
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