Controlling the guns is easy when you can control the voters
Gun controllers have savored the
gift of victory during last November’s elections, first, by getting their
issues on ballots – Washington state’s I-1639
among the most recent – and following up with issues such as legislated
universal background checks, extended magazine bans, bump stocks…you know the
drill…in purple states that turned liberal blue. Now, they’ve conjured up another device
designed to take advantage of the voter who doesn’t own a gun, has no knowledge
about guns, and sees guns as a personal threat. Such a voter can be a reliable
publicity ally – “the vast majority of Americans favor more gun control” – with
which to enhance their politically weaponized rhetoric.
Just such a group in Ohio, Ohioans
for Gun Safety – the name being the latest nom de plume recruited by most
organizations that used to use the term “gun violence” in their banner, i.e.,
‘Citizens Against Gun Violence’ – are legitimizing both their moniker as well
as their ideological strategy by hoping to force the non-gun voting mainstream
to vote for background checks on the same ballot as they vote for President in
The effect takes advantage of
voters who regularly pass up lesser elections be they national mid-terms,
state-wide office holders, or local city councils, county supervisors, or
lesser electoral positions, to vote in major national presidential elections
when voter turnout is high. That means votes can be far more assured for gun
control ballot initiatives like I-1639 in all other states.
Typically, each state has more non-gun owners than gun owners. Both go to the polls in major national elections but only those with, say, axes to grind, will be sure to turn out to vote for their perceived winning issue. A ballot for mayor, for instance, wouldn’t necessarily attract voters who have to be on the job during elections, or tending to a plethora of personal issues such as picking up or delivering the kids at school, dental appointments, hair do-overs, getting the tires on the car changed, etc. Those voters don’t really have a dog in the fight. But a presidential election upcoming next year will big a huge draw for those who want to see President Trump defeated. Ironically, the hordes of voters who turn out to mark their ballots for Trump’s primary surviving democrat opponent will find it easy to vote for any liberal gun control measure on the same ballot.
Gun rights advocates need to be
strategizing now finding ways to overcome such a quandary. Ballot initiatives
require signature gathering. In the Ohio effort, for example, the measure’s
supporters must submit 135,000 signatures from half of Ohio’s 88 counties. In this case, the sugar on the political
candy bar is about closing a so-called gun show loophole in Ohio’s gun laws.
Opponents say that no such loophole exists but that’s one of those “never-mind”
things that gun controllers will play down.
The baker who puts frosting on top of the cake will get more tasters
than those bakers who prefer just flavoring the inside of the dessert.
The devil’s in the details but you’re still resisting. Good for you. Today’s Gun
Bob Rogers is the Editor and Publisher of GunPro Plus, America’s premier daily digital gun news portal. After a successful 20-year career as the Editor for a major magazine in the gun industry, Bob launched GunPro Plus to bring his industry expertise on gun news into the digital realm.