Neither the President nor any Presidential Candidates Say They Want to Confiscate Guns

I heard this from a couple of friends just the other day. One of them threw a fit when I said that it isn’t true, at all.

Hillary Clinton Supports Confiscation

I pointed out Hillary Clinton’s statements that she made in her Town Hall in New Hampshire. The statements included:

“I do not know enough details to tell you how we would do it, or how it would work, but certainly the Australian example is worth looking at.”

“I think it would be worth considering doing it on the national level if that could be arranged.”

She said more than that, but I think those two quotes say a great deal.

Not to mention Clinton’s statement that “The Supreme Court is wrong on the Second Amendment.” Of course Hillary couldn’t leave it at that, she went on to talk about how proud she was of Bill Clinton for signing the Assault Weapon ban. The audio is available on the site.

Barrack Obama Supports Confiscation

I think it is clear that Obama supports confiscation, but also realizes it would be impossible to implement without our entire country screaming for it.

A couple of decades ago, Australia had a mass shooting… And Australia just said, well, that’s it, we’re not seeing that again. And basically imposed very severe, tough gun laws.”

In the United Kingdom, in Australia, when just a single mass shooting occurred in those countries, they understood that there was nothing ordinary about this kind of carnage. They endured great heartbreak, but they also mobilized and they changed, and mass shootings became a great rarity.”

Response

His response was that they didn’t “say” they wanted to confiscate guns.

To be fair, that is correct. They never said it is so many words. They just spoke of admiration for those other nations that went out and confiscated guns and said that we should really look at it.

I used a made up comparison of “Car Manufacturer X has this really great safety feature, and it is something that I think very highly of and believe in.” Does that sounds like I think all car manufacturers should have that safety feature? Of course. Does it sound like a support the feature? Of course it does. I don’t have to specifically say that everyone should have it and that I would support it. I make it clear by talking about it.

The problem with politicians, of all parties, is that they will seldom provide a clear and direct response to a question. Politicians will dance around the question, but still answer it in a way that they can back track from later if they need to do that.

My Personal Point of View on Confiscation

We are starting to see some headway on confiscation with many of the new laws in New York, Connecticut, and California, where they are implementing bans on certain firearms and their components (i.e. magazines) and requiring that the firearms and components be removed from their jurisdictions. It will be interesting to see if they are able to get the Police, or some agency, to knock on doors and demand to search for them and take them away. I just don’t see many officers or agents being willing to take that on.

Will the US Government ever implement a confiscation of firearms? I highly doubt it because:

  • The cost of deploying agents all over country: See the costs associated with the California Armed Prohibited Persons System (APPS) as an example.
  • The cost of record keeping, storing, and destroying firearms
  • The cost of lives of agents when people stand up for their rights

While we have Politicians speaking out of ignorance about firearms and “common sense gun control” all of the time, nobody is willing to see it through.

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