Are Gun Control Laws Really About Reducing Crime? – You Decide
The following was written by Warren Manfredi, SDCGO Board member.
Gun control laws are pushed to reduce crime. At every opportunity, gun control advocates have attempted, and been successful, to create and enact more and more gun control legislation making it difficult for law-abiding citizens to exercise their Second Amendment rights. Pro gun advocates have fought these laws for years, pointing out the laws ineffectiveness and unconstitutionality. Magazine bans, ammunition bans, rifle bans, handgun rosters etc., become law faster than the state can find a way to implement them as shown here. All this is done in the name of reducing crime.
At the same time that these politicians pass gun control, they push bills like Senate Bill 620. Senate Bill 620, introduced by Senator Bradford seeks to reduce penalties on criminals who are found guilty of using a gun (s) in a felony.
“This bill would delete the prohibition on striking an allegation or finding and, instead, would allow a court, in the interest of justice and at the time of sentencing or resentencing, to strike or dismiss an enhancement otherwise required to be imposed by the above provisions of law.”
Wait? At the same time California just signed into law another laundry list of gun laws, including creation of assault weapon registries, rifle bans, ammunition licenses, and more, those same politicians want to reduce the penalties for those convicted in using said guns in a felony? Felonies including, but not limited to, murder, rape, kidnapping, lewd act on a minor, assault on a police officer, carjacking, and more.
How can the state justify enacting laws to “reduce illegal gun crime” and at the same time try to reduce the penalties for using those guns in violent crime? While I agree the law should have a certain amount of discretion, actions like this show the major hypocrisy of gun control. It shows that gun control legislation is not aimed at reducing crime and give justification to those who say it’s real purpose is the elimination private gun ownership.
Bills like SB 620 show the dishonesty in the gun control movement. It is common knowledge that criminals don’t follow gun laws and most crimes are committed with illegal firearms. Senator Bradford would like to reduce the sentences of those convicted of using guns in the commission of violent felonies.
Actions speak louder than words, and the actions of those who push gun control legislation show that their end goal isn’t a major reduction in crime. Their actions prove that they have a real disdain for the second amendment, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, and wish to eliminate that as an antiquated second-class right. Sometimes I wish they would be honest and just state their real goals and intentions.
So what do you think, are the actions of gun control advocates aimed at reducing crime or at reducing your right to own a gun?