Apparently so. In this piece written by the New Jersey Editorial Board, the Collectivist writers call for the “only solution” to “gun violence”
Having fewer guns lying around could mean they won’t end up in the hands of a curious child, abusive spouse or suicidal person. Having a gun at home makes it three times more likely that you’ll be murdered by a family member or intimate partner, or successfully attempt suicide.
Note the scary statistic they use. Is it accurate, likely not, and if it is it is likely “cooked”. Note, they do not mention how you are more likely to be murdered you are, or even where. What if you have a gun at home but are stabbed, or beaten to death? That is not important, the gun still is to blame. The facts are not important to them. What IS important is that they can use this “scary stat”, that they probably got from some gun control group, and that they probably did not fact check, to demonize guns.
But let’s not kid ourselves: Gun buyback programs are not going to reduce murders in cities like Newark and Camden. Studies have found that buyback programs don’t have much effect overall on either gun crime or gun-related injury rates.
They don’t directly target the guns that are more likely to be used in violence, and in general, the guns collected haven’t overlapped much with crime guns. These are old weapons that some middle-aged guy found in his basement. What criminal is going to trade in his $700 Bushmaster for $250 from the state?
The biggest problem with this approach, though, is that it tiptoes around the one reform that could really make a difference, but that Americans would never accept: Mandatory gun buybacks. That’s what Australia did, after its own version of Newtown.
Ah yes, lets give the government the power to go door to door and take people’s guns away, that has worked SO WELL throughout history hasn’t it? And never mind that legally owned firearms stop hundreds of thousands of crimes annually. But the real stupidity, and absurdity comes at the end of this piece.
So do all the voluntary gun buybacks you want. But until they are mandatory, and our society can see past its hysteria over “gun confiscation,” don’t expect it to make much difference.
Did they actually write that with straight faces. Are they actually telling us that MANDATORY gun buybacks will show us all how worrying about gun confiscation is silly? Perhaps they ought to buy a dictionary and have someone read the definition of MANDATORY to them? The government forcing you to surrender your guns is gun confiscation, yes, even if they pay you for those weapons. Again, that word MANDATORY is the key here. What these buffoons are calling for is disarming the people. Are they really that stupid? Or, are they just after taking the teeth out of our liberty? Bob Owens answers brilliantly
Almost entirely collectivist in nature, citizen control groups do not trust the individual, and instead trust the hive mind of government. They desire to end the Second Amendment because as an unknown soul correctly noted, “Firearms are liberty’s teeth.” An armed citizenry compliments an honest government and provides it with additional security, while it denies a corrupt government the monopoly of force needed to impose tyranny. One must wonder, then, why they take such interest in disarming the law-abiding citizenry when they know that criminals will not disarm.
The honest answer is that they are not looking to reduce crime.
They’re looking to reduce resistance.
As Professor R.J. Rummel noted in an introduction to his work , “…the more freedom, the greater the human security and the less the violence. Conversely, the more power governments have, the more human insecurity and violence. In short: to our realization that power impoverishes we must also add that power kills.”
Those who would strip individual liberties from you do so with the belief that they are stripping those power from you and transferring that power to themselves.
These citizen control cultists aren’t remotely non-violent.
They simply want to ensure that when they turn violent and use the forces of government against the people as has happened so often, so recently , that you have no way of stopping them.
You can either be a citizen, or a subject.