Move to make the Second Amendment “moot”
Obama has stated that the “most frustrating part” of his presidency has been his inability to pass gun control legislation, and progressives are not going to give up on their gun grabbing goal any time soon.
The Washington Post has published an article by E. J. Dionne entitled “How American can free itself from guns.” Dionne argues, much as Eric Holder did, that the key is to change the American mind about guns.
Watch Eric Holder explain how we need to “brainwash” people against guns:
Dionne doesn’t use the word “brainwashing,” but he makes the same comparison to public service messages about cigarettes. He writes:
That’s why the nation needs a public service offensive on behalf of the health and safety of us all. It could build on Sandy Hook Promise and other civic endeavors. If you doubt it could succeed, consider how quickly opinion changed on the Confederate battle flag.
My friend Guy Molyneux, a progressive pollster, laid out how it could happen. “We need to build a social movement devoted to the simple proposition that owning handguns makes us less safe, not more,” he told me. “The evidence is overwhelming that having a gun in your home increases the risks of suicide, domestic violence and fatal accidents, and yet the number one reason given for gun purchases is ‘personal safety.’ We need a public health campaign on the dangers of gun ownership, similar to the successful efforts against smoking and drunk driving.”
Continuing on in this vein, the focus shifts from public services messages that change American attitudes to the creation of yet another new “right”:
“The best way to disarm the NRA rhetorically is to make the Second Amendment issue moot,” Molyneux said. “This is not about the government saying you cannot own a handgun. This is about society saying you should not have a gun, especially in a home with children.”
Molyneux said his approach “does not imply giving up on gun control legislation.” On the contrary, the best path to better laws is to foster a revolution in popular attitudes. And this approach would finally put the rights of non-gun owners at the center of the discussion.
Non-gun owners should have the “right” to live in a country that doesn’t include the Constitutional right to bear arms. You know, that pesky Second Amendment.
Instead, progressives will be pushing for a new “right”:
The nation could ring out with the new slogans of liberty: “Not in my house.” “Not in our school.” “Not in my bar.” “Not in our church.” We’d be defending one of our most sacred rights: The right not to bear arms.
They already have that right, of course. No one is forcing anyone to bear arms; they just want to force us not to.
The left is busy designing a new and seemingly absurd civil right, which threatens to undermine an actual right under the 2nd Amendment. This new “civil right” is to live in a society free of guns and/or “gun violence.” Bolstered by the success of the gay rights movement, anti-gun activists are already attempting to impose gun control by urging the federal government to force states to impose regulations under federal civil rights and disability statutes, by filing civil suits under the same theories, and by pursuing dubious appeals to public health (as in the anti-tobacco crusade.) They hope activist judges will further manipulate the 14th Amendment and statutes derived from it, to impose countervailing rights to that of keeping and bearing arms. Like the gay rights movement and the campaign against cigarettes, the focus will be on victimization (at the expense of personal choices and responsibility) in the expectation that American political views on guns will “evolve” over time with the helpful analysis of elite experts and unelected judges. Eventually the 2nd Amendment, hopes the left, will become effectively irrelevant through a combination of judicial fiat and the mobilization of suitably brainwashed polity.
. . . . Add to this . . . the ongoing public anti-gun “wellness” campaigns (beginning with the indoctrination of kids), and (should it happen) another Democrat administration beginning in 2016, and our rights under the 2nd Amendment may come under an unprecedented threat.