Gun rights are once again at the epicenter of American public discourse. And it is no wonder why. Every time a mass shooting happens in America, Democrats immediately point fingers at the so-called “gun lobby” — a mysterious entity that liberals claim controls the Republican section of Congress. If not for this lobby, they believe, the American people would be on their side.
Well, despite the fact that the American people presumably elected the congressmen and women influenced by this lobby — thus subjecting these officials to popular sovereignty — the polling shows that Americans are thoroughly divided on gun control. As a recent Rasmussen poll finds:
“A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 40% of Likely U.S. Voters believe stricter gun control laws would help prevent shootings like the recent one in Buffalo. Fifty percent (50%) don’t think stricter gun control would help, while another 10% are not sure.”
If anything, the polling shows that Americans are united against the Democrats! The Democrat Party allows no room for the 10 percent who are unsure — being anything but moderate. People can openly and honestly disagree on the right way to fight mass shootings. That does not make one’s opponent a coward with “blood on their hands”.
That’s what Florida Congressman Greg Steube refuted in a recent hearing. After slamming the Democrats for court-packing, he laid out his case against the ban of certain magazines — arguing it would ultimately be ineffectual and uncalled for.
“Their plans and their intentions are clear. They want to take away law-abiding citizens’ ability to purchase a firearm of their choice. And don’t let them fool you that they are not attempting to take away your ability to purchase handguns. Last year in 2021, the Glock 19 was the highest sold handgun in the United States. It comes with a 15-round magazine, that gun would be banned.”
He then showed off his gun collection — discussing all the firearms that would be effectively banned given new Democrat magazine restriction legislation.
To this, Texas Rep Sheila Jackson asserted: “I hope that gun is not loaded!”, to which he promptly replied:
“I’m in my house, I can do whatever I want with my guns!”
He then stressed how Florida is safer than many of the places with strict magazine policies. He is undoubtedly correct. Gun laws do not protect us — they divide us and fail to address the key problems which relate to the prevalence of mass shootings today.
Here is the full video: