Virginia Democrat Patrick A. Hope boasts that he is using the Virgina incident to push for universal background checks (UBC), a precursor to gun registration, not because it would have prevented the crime, but because it is the gun control he can pass.
Patrick Hope is a Virginia Democrat Assembly member.
From USA Today:
“I chose background checks, not because it would have prevented (the Virginia shooting) but because this would be easiest to pass,” Hope said. “We will not be able to prevent every single incident. We need to do something.”
The irrationality of the position was not lost on the commenters. Todd Lewis wrote this:
Paraphrased: “I propose this-or-that law not because it’s any sort of realistic or probable solution to the situation I’m disingenuously using as a springboard, but instead, because the polls indicate it’s the gun control legislation that we have the best chance of getting passed and I am willing to climb atop bloody bodies and tout this plan as long as I get what I want… control.”
It is this sort of cogent comment that changes the minds of people who have an open mind. Each time an emotional incident is used to push for more infringements on the Second Amendment, more people pay attention and educate themselves about the issues. The more that people educate themselves, the more become Second Amendment supporters. It is why a majority of people in the United States now say that protecting the right to keep and bear arms is more important than passing laws restricting that right.
The pattern has been repeated with each major push for infringements on the Second Amendment. It goes like this:
- The media decide to use an incident to promote infringements on the Second Amendment. This is usually spearheaded by the New York Times, AP, and The Washington Post.
- Initial emotional support for the disingenuously named legislation quickly peaks, as ignorance of the actual legislation is highest.
- People start educating themselves about the issues involved. Not all do this, but a significant number do.
- The emotion subsides, and most of those who educated themselves become Second Amendment supporters.
- The ratchet has now moved the percentage of Second Amendment supporters to a higher level.
About Dean Weingarten:
Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.
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