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Saturday, June 19, 2021

‘Battle Over Gun Control Emerging as 2022 Campaign Issue,’ Says Report - Ammoland.com


U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- It is now official; according to The Hill, “The battle over gun control is emerging as a campaign issue heading into the midterms as gun violence rises in the U.S.”

The report says Republicans blame “progressive efforts to reform and in some cases direct funds away from police departments.” Translation: Efforts in various cities to “Defund Police” have resulted in some agencies losing demoralized officers to other jurisdictions.

By contrast, Democrats contend that “gun policies are at the heart of the issue,” The Hill says.

The story quotes Michael Lawlor, a criminal justice professor at the University of New Haven, who asserts, “At the moment there’s so many examples of irresponsible gun ownership, people having easy access to guns. It sort of makes the case.”

Lawlor “also served as a Democratic member of the Connecticut House of Representatives,”  the story revealed. Gun rights advocates could say this “sort of” taints Lawlor’s argument as politically biased.

Down in Arizona, Democrat State Rep. Randy Friese—the trauma surgeon who treated former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords after she was shot in 2011—is running for Congress in the state’s Second District. His comment to The Hill might be open to challenge.

“There has really been next to nothing done for years and years,” Friese said. “Background checks and comprehensive background checks would be wonderful. Can we get there in a two-year term if I am successful? Can I get us there in a two-year term? I sure will try.”

Such a remark suggests there are currently no background checks, which the firearms community could dismiss as patently absurd. The man who shot Giffords, for example, had cleared a background check to purchase the pistol he used.

San Jose, California killer Samuel Cassidy “used three semi-automatic pistols, all legally obtained,” according to the San Jose Mercury News.

Santa Barbara spree killer Elliot Rodger—known as the “Isla Vista gunman” although three of his victims were fatally stabbed—bought three handguns, all legally, in California, as noted in a history of the crime at Wikipedia. He went through three background checks and three California waiting periods.

The background check issue may lose some horsepower because several killers, including Fort Hood shooter Nidal Hasan, cleared background checks. But it is still effective as a political argument going into 2022.

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