As with the other posts in this series, it will be continually updated with additional content.
We’re always told “Nobody wants to take your guns,” almost assuredly right before we’re told how they’re going to take away some form of gun ownership.
Repeal the 2nd Amendment
Some have given up the facade entirely and are now calling for a rolling back of the bill of rights. Some say that the 2nd amendment is outdated or irrelevant.
“I’ve been saying in the pages of the Times, we should repeal the Second Amendment… I say this for a variety of reasons, but one of them is often piecemeal gun control efforts don’t work…”
– Bret Stephens, New York Times columnist
It’s almost refreshing to hear him admit that gun control is about incremental steps leading to an end goal of confiscation; that slippery-slope arguments too often dismissed out of hand are not without merit.
“Overturning [DC v. Heller] via a constitutional amendment to get rid of the Second Amendment would be simple and would do more to weaken the N.R.A.’s ability to stymie legislative debate and block constructive gun control legislation than any other available option.”
– John Paul Stevens, US Supreme Court Justice, retired.
John Paul Stevens: Repeal the Second Amendment
Assault Weapons Bans
We’re told, as assault weapons ban legislation is being debated, that “It’s okay, you’re just paranoid, we’re not going to take your guns. We just won’t let people purchase new ones.” But that’s the thing. You’re taking from me. You’re taking the opportunity to buy that long distance varmint rifle I’ve been saving up for. You’re taking way the ability for me to get into shooting sports like 3-gun with a newly innovated design. Yes, this modest rifle I own now will physically remain in my possession, but I’ve lost part of what it means to actually own it. I can’t lend it to a friend to go hunting with. I can’t sell it to a family member and use the money to buy a better rifle.
“Our country is in the midst of a significant conversation on gun reform, and our bill to ban assault weapons, which is before the Judiciary Committee, deserves a hearing.”
– Senator Dianne Feinstein (D – CA)
“If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States for an outright ban. Picking up every one of them. Mr. and Mrs. America, turn ’em all in, I would have done it. I could not do that; the votes weren’t here.”
– Senator Dianne Feinstein (D – CA)
60 Minutes Interview, 1995
In fact, the assault weapons ban will have no significant effect either on the crime rate or on personal security. Nonetheless, it is a good idea . . . . Its only real justification is not to reduce crime but to desensitize the public to the regulation of weapons in preparation for their ultimate confiscation.
– Charles Krauthammer, columnist,
“Disarm the Citizenry. But Not Yet,” Washington Post, Apr. 5, 1996
I support the real 2nd Amendment, not the imaginary 2nd Amendment.
And the real #2A isn’t absolute. It allows Congress to wake up to reality and ban these assault rifles that are designed for one purpose only – to kill as many people as fast as possible.
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) May 19, 2018
And Shannon Watts with Moms Demand Action (a Michael Bloomberg subsidiary) posts up comparisons of guns being free compared to displays of government overreach and comes to the conclusion that rather than overturning the obviously idiotic decisions, we should ban guns instead.
Semi-Automatic Weapon Ban
(4/4) Removing the assault and semi-automatic weapons from our Civilian society, instituting thorough background checks and mandatory waiting periods (and raising the buying age and banning the production of high-capacity magazines) are the ways to stop shootings in America.
— Emma González (@Emma4Change) April 22, 2018
Australia-style Gun Control
Anytime someone says they support the Australian solution for gun control, they want to take your guns. The Australian solution was to outright ban all semi-automatic firearms and then hold amnesties and “buybacks” that paid an insultingly low amount of money.
They weren’t taking the guns in Australia, they were allowing you to turn them in or go to prison if they caught you with one. Much different.
And after the recent Mass murder-suicide in Australia, some are even calling for total confiscation with a narrow window for farmers and hunters who are allowed to store guns at a police station and able to access them with a two-week notice.
“[A]ll legal owners of firearms – such as farmers or weekend pig-hunters – are responsible, legal gun owners until they become irresponsible and kill spouses, former partners, children and others.”
– Phil West, Sydney Morning Herald
I shortly will introduce legislation banning the sale, manufacture or possession of handguns (with exceptions for law enforcement and licensed target clubs). . . It is time to act. We cannot go on like this. Ban them!
-Sen. John H. Chafee (R.-R.I.),
“In View of Handguns’ Effects, There’s Only One Answer: A Ban,” Minneapolis Star Tribune, June 15, 1992, at 13A.
“My staff and I right now are working on a comprehensive gun-control bill. We don’t have all the details, but for instance, regulating the sale and purchase of bullets. Ultimately, I would like to see the manufacture and possession of handguns banned except for military and police use. But that’s the endgame. And in the meantime, there are some specific things that we can do with legislation.”
– Rep. Bobby Rush (D – IL)
Evan Osnos, “Bobby Rush; Democrat, U.S. House of Representatives,” Chicago Tribune, Dec. 5, 1999, at C3
Mr. Speaker, my bill prohibits the importation, exportation, manufacture, sale, purchase, transfer, receipt, possession, or transportation of handguns and handgun ammunition. It establishes a 6-month grace period for the turning in of handguns. It provides many exceptions for gun clubs, hunting clubs, gun collectors, and other people of that kind.
– Rep. Major Owens (D – Brooklyn, NY)
139 Cong. Rec. H9088 at H9094, Nov. 10, 1993.
“We need much stricter gun control, and eventually we should bar the ownership of handguns except in a few cases,”
– Rep. William L. Clay (D – St. Louis, MO)
Robert L. Koenig, “NRA-Backed Measure May Derail Brady Bill”, St. Louis Post Dispatch, May 8, 1993, at 1A
All Firearms Ban
God help me, I want to take all of your guns out of your hands, by myself, right now.
-Dave Holmes, Editor-at-large
“Okay, Now I Actually Do Want To Take Your Guns,” Esquire
Fisking Blog Post
“There is little sense in gun registration. What we need to significantly enhance public safety is domestic disarmament . . . . Domestic disarmament entails the removal of arms from private hands . . . . Given the proper political support by the people who oppose the pro-gun lobby, legislation to remove the guns from private hands, acts like the legislation drafted by Senator John Chafee [to ban handguns], can be passed in short order.”
“The Case for Domestic Disarmament”
– John B. Anderson (Presidential Candidate, 1980)
– Henry Cisneros (Former Mayor, San Antonio, Texas)
– Kurt L. Schmoke (Former Mayor, Baltimore, Maryland)
Registration leads to confiscation. It’s a quick little phrase that gets mocked. Yet it holds true.
Notice how reasonable New York CIty is, banning a .22LR rifle that holds more than five rounds. Seven rounds, complying with the New York State SAFE Act, is far too dangerous. It’s a race to see what city can restrict gun owners to single-shot firearms, since the supreme court ruled they can’t have an outright ban. Here we see a law-abiding gun owner that registered his firearm according to his local laws. Now they’ve moved the goal posts and banned the formerly legal firearm. He can either turn it in, sell it, or face an armed retrieval.
Hat tip to Professor Eugene Volokh for his compilation of gun ban quotes.