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No One Means Everyone

One can’t afford the leftie label by splitting partisan hairs

Shelby Murdoc

The good old days of “no one is trying to take your guns.” That’s what gun owners are always told right after someone talked about wanting to take away everyone’s guns and the gun owner called them out on it. “Oh, just calm down,” the response went. “No one wants to take your guns.” Fortunately, that lie appears to have just about worn itself out. Because not only are fewer and fewer people telling us no one wants to take our guns, we are now seeing them come straight out and admit that that’s exactly what they want to do.

The good old days of “no one is trying to take your guns.” That’s what gun owners are always told right after someone talked about wanting to take away everyone’s guns and the gun owner called them out on it. “Oh, just calm down,” the response went. “No one wants to take your guns.” Fortunately, that lie appears to have just about worn itself out. Because not only are fewer and fewer people telling us no one wants to take our guns, we are now seeing them come straight out and admit that that’s exactly what they want to do.

At a recent Democratic debate on ABC news, presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke not only repeated his desires for a national gun registry and nationwide gun licensing, he said he supports a mandatory buyback of so-called assault weapons, with an emphasis on the mandatory. “Hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47” if he’s elected President, he said.

Other prominent Democrats, many of them running for President themselves, were congratulatory towards O’Rourke. “God love you for standing in the middle of that tragedy,” said Sen. Kamala Harris, no stranger to gun control rhetoric herself. Maybe she didn’t mean to make it sound like a gun grabber was hogging the spotlight of a horrific and heartbreaking crime in order to further his agenda and career, but maybe she was just applauding him for playing their game so masterfully.

It seems an odd play for someone trying to convince voters to support him, flat out admitting that he plans to confiscate their legal firearms. But, when you’re polling under 3%, what are you going to do, sink your campaign? The iceberg has already hit. He’s in “nothing left to lose” territory, so he’s clearly willing to try just about anything. If the Beto ship sinks any lower, he’ll be able to talk to Cory Booker without shouting.

Unfortunately for the firearms industry, O’Rourke’s goose appears to be just about cooked. That means that his threats probably carry very little weight among the general public and that Barrack Obama’s title of “Gun Salesman of the Century” is safe for the moment. Few are rushing out to stock up on AR’s just because O’Rourke is threatening to take them away.

While the initial reaction among gun owners (and lovers of liberty in general) to O’Rourke’s open threats might tend toward concern, we should all be applauding him along with Senator Harris (who’s polling somewhere south of 10% herself at the moment) and thanking him for being so frank about it and getting other Leftists to go on the record standing with him.

The “no one wants to take your guns” argument, though obvious bunk, has worked very well for decades. It has provided cover those who are maneuvering to take your guns. Every time gun owners are on the verge of standing together and lovers of liberty are asking what’s so American about infringing upon the right to keep and bear arms, someone says “no one wants to take your guns” and enough people settle down, preventing the pot from boiling over. Even when then-candidate Hillary Clinton said she supported the Australian model—taking your guns—Democrats, Liberals, and Leftists all said “no one wants to take your guns” and enough people believe that her admiration for a plan where they took your guns didn’t imply that she wanted to take your guns.

But those days may be over. While the veneer of civility in this conversation may be peeling away and there are many harsh shouting matches on the horizon, it’s refreshing to see the people who want to take our guns finally admitting that they want to take our guns. And it’s even more refreshing to see their supporters cheering them on.

This shouldn’t be surprising to anyone watching. A YouGov survey from February 2018 showed that 82% of Democrat respondents favored a complete ban on semi-automatic weapons, with a shocking 73% favoring it “strongly.”

Think about that. Nearly three-quarters of Democrats were willing to admit that they strongly favored a ban on the most common firearms in the nation. Yet, though 82% of Democrats want to take my guns, I kept being told by Democrats that “no one wants to take my guns.” I asked the people telling me to calm down how it was possible that they didn’t know one single person who wanted to take my guns when 82% of Democrats specifically DID want to take my guns. I got a few weird answers, such as “well, maybe they don’t WANT to take them but feel that they NEED to” and “you giving up your guns voluntarily to avoid becoming a criminal is NOT someone ‘taking’ your guns from you.”

The best one, though, was the woman who said she meant “not her personally.” I asked her if that meant that “no one” could mean “everyone except you”? And she said, yes, that was right. But she felt that she was not being misleading when she told me “no one wants to take my guns” and that I needed to not be so confrontational about it. (Incidentally, that woman very much wants to take my guns, so I guess that makes it unanimous on the Left.)

The confrontation is coming. And, finally, the other side is starting to admit what they’re actually after. To be sure, many Americans do support them. But at least we are reaching the end of the charade where they can pretend to support liberty and American values while working (and lying) to undermine both.

Let’s hope that when they assure me that “no one” will actually resist efforts to pass confiscation laws, “no one” still means “everyone.”

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