A pro-2A rally in Pennsylvania this week drew sharp criticism from a state-based anti-gun organization.
Adam Garber of CeaseFirePA slammed attendees and speakers at Tuesday’s“Rally to Protect Your Right to Keep and Bear Arms” in Harrisburg for not openly discussing ways to address gun-related violence.
“People at the rally are not offering common-sense solutions to suicide and domestic violence and gun homicides,” he told a local ABC news affiliate. “But rather, they’re pointing towards a phantom threat about people’s rights to bear arms. There’s no risk to people’s right to bear arms.”
Garber also claimed that the surge in gun and ammo sales this year has had deadly consequences.
“What we’re now seeing is the violence that follows from that. We’re seeing homicide rates increase, calls to domestic and suicide hotlines increase across the state of Pennsylvania,” Garber said.
One of the speakers at the rally, state Rep. Stephanie Borowicz (R-Centre, Clinton) indicated that there has been an 80% jump in gun sales and 139% jump in ammo sales.
Garber seems to be exclusively pinning the uptick in violence to the lawful sale of guns and ammo to responsible citizens.
Interestingly enough, he made no mention of COVID lockdown orders that included the early release of inmates from jail and a cutback of policing in high-crime neighborhoods to slow the speed of the coronavirus as a potential cause for the increase in violence.
Nor did Garber mention the rioting in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia following the death of George Floyd, where peaceful demonstrations devolved into chaos and disorder, and the ensuing calls to “Defund the Police” from activists and politicians.
Apparently, there is only one true source for all the civil unrest and mayhem: law-abiding citizens exercising their right to keep and bear arms.
Speakers at the event called out this sort of anti-gun illogic.
“We continue to hear so many anti-gun promises. Of course they like to use terms like gun sense and gun safety to make it appear that they are supporting gun owners. But they’re not and they don’t,” said Kelly Ann Pidgeon with Armed and Feminine, an organization that provides training to women and youngsters. “They’re not going to stop until this American population is disarmed.”
Civil disarmament is not a “phantom menace,” as Garber claims. Even just a cursory glance at the Biden-Harris plan on guns at JoeBiden.com tells the story of the Democratic goal to systematically dry up the supply of certain firearms and accessories while bankrupting the gun industry in the process.
Simply put, anyone who argues that the Biden-Harris agenda does not greatly imperil gun rights is either out to lunch or complicit in the scheme to disarm America.