AMERICA’S 1ST FREEDOM – Politicians who don’t believe you should have Second Amendment rights have often tried to hide their gun-control laws in arguments for “public health.” The idea is to turn a matter of elementary liberty into a crisis that mandates instant action. Joe Biden has been loudly signaling that he plans to do this about guns, and the mainstream media is already obediently playing along.
That firearms can be dangerous in the hands of an evil person is obvious to anyone. Indeed, this is precisely why it matters who gets to own them. To a certain type of gun-controller, however, the mere fact that guns can be used by criminals to harm others presents them with an opportunity to subvert the U.S. Constitution.
Typically, this process is fairly straightforward: First, they declare that the criminal use of firearms is a “public-health issue,” and they say it requires a response determined by health professionals and researchers; next, they set up a series of studies that will result in health professionals and researchers concluding that the only way to fix the “public-health issue” is to ban firearms; finally, they pretend that they are surprised by the recommendations made by the health professionals and researchers, but that they are obliged to follow them on the grounds that they are merely “going where the data leads.” It’s science! [full article]