Commentary: More fear-based rants around gun control

The Kansas City StarFebruary 28, 2013 


Mary Sanchez is a columnist with the Kansas City Star.


The Wizard of Second Amendment Fear was back at it Saturday, cranking up conspiracies.

Expanded background checks for gun purchases are a government plot to grab guns, claimed the National Rifle Association’s Wayne LaPierre.

“It’s aimed at registering your guns,” LaPierre said. “And when another tragic opportunity presents itself, that registry will be used to confiscate your guns.”

Next, he spun a tale that such non-existent lists would allow drug dealers and gang members to hunt people down and steal their weapons.

The bigoted tones of marauding minorities coming for the good white people’s ammunition are as irrational as they are irresponsible.

Previously, LaPierre claimed South Brooklyn was overtaken by crime after Hurricane Sandy, a pitch for people to arm themselves. But the opposite was true. Crime dropped.

Thankfully, the political tit-for-tat on guns in Missouri and Kansas is mostly silly, not inciting. Rep. Mike Leara, of St. Louis County, wrote a bill making it a felony for politicians to introduce legislation limiting gun rights.

Another Republican, Rep. Eric Burlison of Springfield, posted a YouTube video of people taking target practice at a bill to ban assault weapons.

The bill/target was sponsored by four Democrats. If passed (highly unlikely), House Bill 545 would give legal owners of banned weapons 90 days to remove the weapon from the state, render it inoperable or surrender it to law enforcement.

The bill has been playing in some circles as a script of LaPierre’s version of goons arriving to snatch guns from legal owners.

Even the model laws supported by the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence show provisions for grandfathering in weapons legally owned prior to a ban.

Clearly, much of the fear-based rants around gun control are an orchestrated effort to play up the concerns of legal gun owners, despite the fact that many of them support increased background checks.

By comparison, other gun rights news might seem dull at first glance. There was little coverage of a case being closely watched as it comes to the U.S. Supreme Court.

On Friday, the Kansas attorney general issued a statement joining 19 other states in a conceal and carry case. Kansas wants the court to review a lower court decision that would allow states to require people to show a reason a conceal permit is necessary. Kachalsky v. Cacace is the pending case.

The challenge is not to get riled by antics and to grasp rational efforts that could deter gun violence.

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