You’ve heard it before – the Second Amendment only applies to guns that existed when it was written. Therefore, we shouldn’t be allowed to own anything more than muskets. That is a line anti-gunners repeat after every mass shooting.
But that line is disingenuous and finally anti-gunners are showing their true intent. Gabby Giffords’ group recently released a report that identifies muzzleloaders as worth regulating. Their concern is that the current lack of regulation for muzzleloaders potentially allows felons and other prohibited persons to own a weapon by skipping background checks. They’re also concerned about a very new invention – the muzzleloader suppressor.
So what is it anti-gunners? Are we only allowed to own muskets, or should those be regulated too? I think this recent report reveals anti-gunners’ true intent – eventually banning all firearms and related products.
I can’t find a single instance from searching online of a muzzleloader being used in a crime. While that doesn’t mean it hasn’t happened, the lack of cases at a perfunctory glance shows this call to regulate muzzleloaders is based on nothing other than irrational fear of all firearms and related products. Whatever happened to policy based on data? Do we have data on how many felons are using muzzleloaders in crimes?
The reason suppressors (not silencers!) are being marketed now for muzzleloaders is because of their increasing popularity with hunters. Many states now have muzzleloader hunting seasons that give hunters more time to hunt. But muzzleloaders are loud. The suppressors are being marketed to save hunters’ hearing. Trust me, no one is going to be using muzzleloaders with suppressors to conduct assassinations or mass shootings. To ban suppressors on muzzleloaders also contradicts the claim of the Second Amendment being only for hunting and sport. If they’re proposing regulating or banning legitimate hunting tools, I find their claim that they’re ok with hunting weapons dubious at best.
Let’s not delude ourselves about recent calls for additional regulations, including bump stock bans. This is a slippery slope. If we cave on bump stocks this year, it will be semi-automatics next year, muzzleloaders the year after that, and then bows. Eventually we’ll be like the UK where we can’t even carry pocket knives.
It’s easy to brush off the Giffords’ group call for regulations on muzzleloaders as ridiculous – and it is. But that doesn’t mean it’s not possible. I’ve said it before and I say it again – don’t get comfortable. Don’t give them one inch. If they win on bump stocks, they’ll go further. Any additional regulations on firearms is the start of the end for gun ownership in America.