It’s one of the most common refrains coming from the “reasonable discussion” crew as they pave the way for upcoming gun control legislation. Whether we hear it from the clucking tongues of guests on Morning Joe or from their legions of supporters on the web, the patter is the same. “No one is coming for your guns.” You’re all just being paranoid, disingenuous or worse. All we’re talking about is making little children safer. There’s not going to be anybody kicking down your doors.
(Of course, some very high profiles voices on the Left don’t seem to be able to stay on message.)
But over at National Review, Eliana Johnson proves yet again the wisdom of my dear old Dad. Just because you’re paranoid, doesn’t mean they’re not out to get ya.
In a radio interview on Thursday with Albany’s WGDJ-AM, New York governor Andrew Cuomo said that he plans to work with state legislators next month to submit a proposal for new gun-control laws; in particular, Cuomo said, “our focus is assault weapons,” because current state laws regulating the weapons “have more holes that Swiss cheese.”
“I don’t think legitimate sportsmen are going to say, ‘I need an assault weapon to go hunting,’” he said.
Cuomo continued, “Confiscation could be an option. Mandatory sale to the state could be an option. Permitting could be an option — keep your gun but permit it.”
Here’s the audio, if you’d care to hear it straight from the horse’s mouth, courtesy of Mediaite.
It really doesn’t get much more plain spoken than that, so we should probably give due credit to Governor Cuomo. But this is obviously not just on the minds of bloggers at KOS or media spokesmodels like Ed Schultz. It’s on the agenda of people like Chuck Schumer, who will vote on any future proposals in the Senate, and Andrew Cuomo, who will sign new legislation at the state level. True, they’re not owning up to it on the Sunday talk shows because they need to bring along the recently converted like Manchin, Bob Casey and Joe Scarborough. They need them to continue preaching to the wavering and mourning that nobody is coming to take away your guns. But they’re doing a very poor job of disguising their true intentions. What they’re talking about is confiscation. Or, if you prefer, “mandatory sale,” which simply means confiscation with you getting a check for whatever they deem the equipment to be worth.
Jerry Brown just signed a brand new law making it illegal to carry even long guns (bolt action rifles, shotguns) in public places in California. Maryland is already moving in the same direction. The people who have been waiting in the wings to gut the Second Amendment have not let the sudden wave of sympathy and horror escape their notice or go to waste, and they’re not waiting for the New Year to act. If you’re still sitting on the sidelines thinking that maybe if we just offer them some slightly smaller magazine capacities this will all go away, I don’t know what to tell you.
Maybe you are paranoid. But it seems fairly obvious that you’re also right.