Except of course for the lawmakers and law enforcers. Listen carefully to the politicians and the gun control crowd – including many law enforcement leaders whose jobs are tied to politics – as they talk about the future of gun control. To them, it’s not confiscation, rather a “removal of firearms” from the public realm over time through restrictive legislation.
A perfect example is San Diego’s Chief William Lansdowne.
San Diego’s Lansdowne, who plays an active role in the western region of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), said in the interview it may take a generation, but guns will eventually be taken off the streets through new laws.
He also has personally advocated for a legislative solution that would allow current lawful firearms owners to keep their assault weapons if new sales are banned, but prohibit assault firearms from be passed down to living relatives after death, meaning the weapon would be destroyed when the current owner dies.
Semi-automatic weapons are the first step for people like Lansdowne and many politicians simply because they already have a leg in the door. The National Firearms Act and assault weapons bans in states like Connecticut and California get them close and they want to extend and expand them to the point where when you die, your family will have to pay your death tax and turn over your semi-automatic rifles.
It’s obvious what they will do next. Tragically, we’ll see another Virginia Tech-style massacre leading Landsdowne and the anti-gun crowd to determine they did not go far enough as they take away semi-automatic pistols that hold ten-round magazines “over time.”
If they can take away semi-automatic rifles from future generations, the logical next step is to take away semi-automatic pistols with 10-round magazines from future generations. The Virginia Tech shooter killed 32 people and wounded 18 using a pistol with 10-round* magazines.
If they can take away the rifles, what stops them from declaring the pistol “too dangerous to be in public hands” while using Virginia Tech-style massacres as an example?
*Yes, the VT shooter did have a couple of 15-round magazines, but almost all of the ones he had were 10-round capacity.