Columbia, SC — The first major restrictions on firearms in the United States came in the early 1930s with a National Firearms Act. Since then, gun haters and their misguided followers have said the same thing every time there is another push for more shackles on gun ownership: These are reasonable restrictions on your gun rights; you should be willing to compromise.
Well, my definition of compromise is two parties each giving up something to reach a middle ground that will benefit both. Gun owners have given up gun rights time after time, allowing the passage of literally hundreds of laws restricting said rights. What have the gun haters given up? Exactly nothing.
Gun owners have seen their rights squeezed, chipped and nibbled away, and now still more restrictions are being proposed in the name of “reasonableness.” This can have only one finish, the finish that the gun haters have been working towards for most of a century. Sure, it will take some more time, but patience is a virtue of the anti-gun crowd. Gun owners should shout “This far and no further,” or the nibbling will continue.
Gun-hating politicians trotting out those poor, shell-shocked victims of gun violence and their family members in order to further their agenda are the lowest form of life and should not hold public office.
If you care nothing about guns, consider that the chipping and nibbling approach can work on your other freedoms as well. Be on guard.