Gun control’s latest stalking horse
By F. Paul Valone
The following column was published by the
“stalk·ing-horse… something used to mask a purpose”
What should one call a law passed in the name of murdered women that would, in reality, have saved none of them? A fraud, of course.
In 2002, allegedly responding to domestic murders at
On its face, it addressed a legitimate problem:
Moreover, Sen. Rand’s bill wouldn’t have prevented homicides like that of Angela Floyd, shot by husband and Sergeant First Class Brandon Floyd; it wouldn’t have saved any of the five
Nor did it restrict law enforcement abusers like
Before assuming that military and law enforcement personnel were excluded because problems are rare, consider that according to the Department of Defense, 25% of female military personnel under age 50 have been physically abused, 8,000 were abused from 1990 to 1995 (half by military personnel), and rates of victimization increased from 18.6 to 25.6 per thousand from 1990 to 1996.
Police also have higher rates of domestic abuse than the normal population (25-40% versus 16%). Notes one FBI study: “Many of the same qualities valued in…police officers can make those same officers dangerous perpetrators of domestic violence.”
So why pass a law disarming domestic abusers that exempts those prone to abuse? Because the intent was not to reduce victimization, but to create additional barriers to gun ownership.
Instead of simply prohibiting firearm possession by those under restraining orders,
Worse, defendant’s guns are registered and potentially surrendered in one-sided “ex parte” hearings where a judge may hear only the plaintiff’s version of events. The main “enhancement” of
With an agenda straight from Handgun Control, Inc. (now camouflaging itself as “The Brady Campaign”), gun control advocates are back for more. One proposal would further politicize the North Carolina Child Fatality Task Force (CFTF) by adding a permanent representative of the same advocacy group behind last year’s shenanigans.
The CFTF, having endorsed nearly every gun control proposal it has entertained (including eliminating gun shows and registering gun sales, all for “the children”), is not only grubbing for greenbacks but wants legislation requiring all gun owners to lock up firearms, whether or not children live in the home.
Because such laws render firearms useless for self-protection and actually increase rape and murder, the concept has been repudiated by voters and legislators alike. Never fear, however: The all-knowing CFTF won’t let a few lowly voters thwart its agenda.
The upcoming propaganda campaign will brand gun owners who’ve been convicted of nothing as “domestic abusers.” Judging by gun control literature, it will tug at your heart with entreaties to protect “women and children” (They’re apparently unconcerned that 42% of
While domestic violence is a serious problem, don’t expect to hear that according to the U.S. Department of Justice, “intimate murders” dropped by 43% between 1976 and 2000, including drops of 53% in the most afflicted group, black females, and--most telling--of 54% in gun-related homicides. Despite greater reporting, from 1993 to 2001 the rate of non-fatal intimate victimizations against women dropped by 49%.
So when gun control hides behind murdered women, remember that an archaic definition of “stalking horse” is a “figure like a horse behind which a hunter stalks game.” In the crosshairs today are both due process of law and your right to bear arms.