ABC’s “The View” co-host Joy Behar gave some advice this week to her lefty pals running for office. Basically, Keep your gun-grabbing agenda on the DL when you’re campaigning. Only call for the confiscation squads after you’ve been elected.
The topic of national gun confiscation came up when the women were discussing the demise of presidential hopeful Beto O’Rourke, who bowed out of the race last Friday. Beto, arguably the wokest candidate on gun control, vowed to seize modern sporting rifles if elected.
“Hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47. We’re not going to allow it to be used against our fellow Americans anymore,” the former Texas congressman said during an ABC News presidential debate in September.
Behar suggested that this was an unforced error, you know, telling voters the truth about his intention to dismantle the 2A.
“They should not tell everything they’re going to do. If you’re going to take people’s guns away, wait until you get elected — then take the guns away,” she said, cracking a smile. “Don’t tell them ahead of time.”
Right-leaning co-host Meghan McCain also shared her opinion on Beto’s mandatory buyback scheme and its effect on the electorate, noting that even people within his own party thought it was too extreme to be feasible.
“I will also say that his stance on gun buybacks — Mayor Pete said it was a shiny object that distracts from achievable gun reform,” explained McCain. “That clip [Hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15…] will be played for years… with organizations that try and scare people by saying that Democrats are coming for your guns.
“[Beto] also made some statements about religious institutions getting their tax-exempt status removed from them because they didn’t support same-sex marriage,” McCain continued. “He did a lot of, like, battleground culture war, and he ran as the most left, most woke candidate and look where he ended.”
Gun owners aren’t stupid. Most of us recognize that politicians lie and that any candidate with a (D) in front of their name is likely to support disarming America. Heck, even some candidates with an (R) in front of their name would likely do the same if they had their druthers.
So, whether they tell us they are or tell us they aren’t, it doesn’t make much of a difference. We know the truth. They are most certainly coming for our guns. The problem for gun owners is can we convince enough people to care that it’s happening. Because the truth is pervasive apathy will kill the 2A long before politicians do.