Op-ed: New Gun Laws Create Hundreds of Thousands of New Felons
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If any of the lawmakers out there want to see what will happen when they try and pass ineffective “gun control laws” (those laws that serve no purpose and do nothing to reduce gun violence) then all they need do is look at NY and CT to see the results.
NY and CT passed some very restrictive gun laws after the Sandyhook school shooting, a typical knee jerk reaction by lawmakers. They passed laws requiring people who own certain weapons register them and banned certain weapons from being sold in the state anymore. So after this grand attempt at nothing, what happened? The lawmakers unwittingly created 100’s of thousands of new law breaking felons, out of previously law abiding average citizens.
In NY out of the estimated 1 million assault weapons owned, only 23,000 people registered their weapons. Meaning that all those other gun owners are now felons in the state of NY for not doing so. Most of the 23,000 gun owners who registered weapons in New York were thought to be law enforcement and government officials in and around the New York City area, who were required to comply with the law in order to keep their jobs, according to Forbes.
In the state of CT they estimated there were a total 350,000 “assault weapons” and only 40,000 were registered. Again, creating 100’s of thousands of new Felons.
So what did these new laws accomplish? Did they stop any crimes from happening? Did they save any lives? The resounding answer to all of those questions, “No.” All these laws did was take average law abiding gun owners, who would never dream of breaking any laws, especially a felony, and made them into just that, felons.
This is a perfect example of how knee jerk reactions to shootings, and passing gun control laws that make no sense, do nothing but create bigger problems. We need just the opposite of this to help solve the safety issue out there in America today.
Remove restrictive gun laws like “gun free zones” since we know they do nothing to stop criminals, and only disarm those law abiding citizens who obey the restrictions. Get rid of laws preventing open carry of firearms. It’s common sense that it is likely to prevent crime from happening when visibly armed people are around. Why do you think cops open carry? And stop requiring a license to carry a concealed carry firearm, it does nothing but make the act of carrying of a firearm for self protection unavailable for the people that need it most. Lower income Americans who can’t afford the license, and live in the crime ridden areas, become victims.
Allow Americans to have their rights back. Let Americans defend themselves when needed. Let Americans stop those that would do them harm or harm some other innocent person. Loosening the guns laws works. Just look at the 45 other states that have done so and you can see it works. You can’t argue with results.
If you don’t want to carry a firearm, that’s fine, don’t. But you have no right to stop me from doing so and protecting myself and my family. When the criminal comes to harm people and several armed Americans stand up and confront them, well, the criminals will get the picture real quick. According to the NY and CT gun owners, Americans will no longer allow the Government to strip our rights away. The silent law abiding gun owners just showed that they are willing to become felons in the eyes of the law if that’s what it takes. The next step is up to the Government.
Chris is a U.S. Army Veteran and has been in law enforcement the last 35+ years. He specializes in LE Firearms Instruction, and is in charge of a large Police Academy in North Florida. In his spare time Chris is a free-lance Military Reporter and owner/founder of the Largest Military Videos Channel on YouTube “3rdID8487”.