What’s the best way to stop people who don’t follow laws from obtaining firearms? More laws!
Yup, that’s basically what we’re hearing from the gun-control community in the wake of the biker bloodbath in Waco, Texas, that left nine dead and 18 hospitalized.
Shannon Watts of Moms Demand Action and Everytown for Gun Safety, gun-control organizations funded by Michael Bloomberg, twitted the following on Monday:
“Dear #Texas lawmakers: more guns in more places with fewer safeguards not winning strategy for public safety #txlege #WacoShooting #GunSense.”
“#WacoShooting should be wake up call for #txlege: stop taking orders from gun lobby; listen to police and constituents @MomsDemand #GunSense.”
Right, because universal background checks would have stopped bikers from getting their hands on firearms. But seriously, that’s what they believe.
“There is no single solution to ending gun violence, but we do know that background checks on all gun sales save lives and keep guns out of the wrong hands,” said Angela Turner, spokeswoman for the Texas branch of Moms Demand Action, in an interview with The Hill.
“Everything is big in Texas,” said Jonathan Hutson, spokesman for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence. “Including big biker shootouts and even bigger loopholes that allow criminals and other dangerous people to buy guns without a Brady background check at gun shows and online.”
What Watts, Turner, and Hutson don’t understand or neglect to acknowledge is that the vast majority of criminals don’t buy firearms through legal channels, they steal them, buy them on the black market, borrow them from friends, or use straw purchasers to get their guns. Saying that this gunfight is a wake up call for universal background checks or tougher gun laws makes zero sense. If anything, what it’s a wake up call for is gang activity. We should be targeting organized crime, not the Second Amendment.