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Blame the Criminals, Not Law Abiding Gun Owners

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Every time the mainstream media covers an unlawful shooting, why is it that the lawful gun owners get the blame? Of course, the mainstream media is not the only one to blame. Gun control advocates are all too willing to use any tragedy as a fundraiser, targeting lawful gun owners and Second Amendment groups such as the NRA.

Recently, Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA), issued a challenge to the gun prohibition lobby.

“Time after time, with endless fund raising appeals and inflammatory rhetoric, we’ve seen these anti-rights lobbying groups immediately try to shift blame to the NRA, or the Second Amendment, or the firearms industry, or some mythical loophole in the law. But they never seem to point their fingers at the culprit, and we think it’s time for the American public to ask why?”

Gottlieb certainly has a point. After all, when was the last time you heard gun control advocates make a call to disarm the criminals or rightly lay the blame on the perpetrator after a tragedy? They don’t. Instead, they recite the same worn narrative that the Second Amendment groups are too blame, call for new laws (when the last ones did not work), and—of course—take advantage of the tragedy by soliciting for more money.

If the gun control groups were sincere, wouldn’t they have directed their angst toward those actually committing the crimes? How is their cause served by diverting attention from the murders to law abiding gun owners. The answer is simple of course—at least to me. To me, the primary concern the antis have shown for the victims is to use them as fundraisers to their political agendas. Gottlieb seems as though he would agree, “These lobbying groups have created a very strong impression that they’re not really interested in punishing criminals, but only in penalizing honest firearms owners for crimes they didn’t commit.” That part about ‘penalizing honest firearms owners for crimes they didn’t commit’ really hits home, doesn’t it?

Michael Bloomberg, founder of Everytown for Gun Safety, among his other failed gun control initiatives, along with the Alliance for Gun Responsibility, embodies everything that is wrong with the gun control movement and proves the point I am trying to make in this article. Immediately after the tragedy in Santa Fe, Texas, they sent out pleas for donations to ‘take a stand…against the gun lobby.’ I am sure they expressed condolences for the victims, but where was their outrage for justice against the perpetrator? Shouldn’t that have been the primary concern from a group that supposedly only wants to end gun violence and not take away the Second Amendment rights of law abiding gun owners?

“Time and again, we’ve heard these groups demand a national dialogue on guns. But how do you have a rational discussion with people or groups that repeatedly demonstrate that they cannot tell the difference between the bad guys and the good guys?” Gottlieb asked. This is not a onetime mistake either. Remember when Bloomberg’s Mayors Against Illegal Guns listed the Boston Bombers among its list of ‘victims of gun violence,’ after one was shot and killed and the other wounded in a gunfight with police?

Just as the time to hold criminals accountable for their actions is long overdue, gun control groups accountable for their action and inactions as well. Share your opinion in the comment section if you agree.

SLRule

Growing up in Pennsylvania’s game-rich Allegany region, Dave Dolbee was introduced to whitetail hunting at a young age. At age 19 he bought his first bow while serving in the U.S. Navy, and began bowhunting after returning from Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm. Dave was a sponsored Pro Staff Shooter for several top archery companies during the 1990s and an Olympic hopeful holding up to 16 archery records at one point. During Dave’s writing career, he has written for several smaller publications as well as many major content providers such as Guns & Ammo, Shooting Times, Outdoor Life, Petersen’s Hunting, Rifle Shooter, Petersen’s Bowhunting, Bowhunter, Game & Fish magazines, Handguns, F.O.P Fraternal Order of Police, Archery Business, SHOT Business, OutdoorRoadmap.com, TheGearExpert.com and others. Dave is currently a staff writer for Cheaper Than Dirt!

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