(article from Soros' Center for American Progress "Progressive Ideas for a Stong, Just, and Free America)
they claim we need right now, in the wake of the crime at Sandy Hook Elementary.
As you will see, these proposals--like others from liberals--would not have stopped the shooting from taking place: they would not even have hindered it. But they would make it harder for law abiding citizens to get the guns they need to defend their lives and families.
For example, one of new laws that CAP wants is an end to private gun sales. This would include, of course, an end to those dreaded gun shows.
Question: Did Adam Lanza buy his guns in a private sale? No. He took them illegally and used them illegally.
Another proposal by CAP is for states to turn over more personal information on citizens to the federal gov. so that background checks work better.
Question: Did Adam Lanza foil the background check system to get his weapons? No. As a matter of fact, reports indicate he purposely forewent the background check because he knew he wouldn't pass it.
Many of the other proposals include things which you probably guessed Soros & Co. would suggest--"assault weapon" ban, "high capacity magazine" ban, start gun registry database, and "treat gun trafficking as a serious crime."
Seriously--what does a gun registry have to with ending crime?
And it's funny that we need to treat gun-trafficking "as a serious crime," when the highest ranking law enforcement official in our nation--AG Eric Holder--sat over a gun trafficking scheme that eventually meant 2,500 firearms were smuggled out of the U.S. and into Mexico. I do not remember Soros calling for Holder's prosecution over that.
To be fair, Soros & Co. do make one point that's quasi-sensible. And that's that federal agencies need to communicate with one another more when one agency has pertinent information on a potential gun buyer (conservatives have said this same thing concerning terrorism and terrorists for years).
They highlight this need by pointing out that Tuscon shooter Jared Loughner was denied entrance into the Army because of drug abuse problems in 2008. They believe this information, had it been shared with other agencies, would have prevented Loughner from passing a background check for the handgun he used in his crime against former Rep. Gabby Giffords.
It must be noted, however, that even this quasi-sensible suggestion is a non-starter if it is a backdoor avenue to a new registry.
Soros & Co. undoubtedly believe guns are the problem. Rational people, on the other hand, know that criminals are the problem. If we create registries, pass bans, and give the government a greater share in our daily lives than they already have, we will soon realize that we ourselves have infringed on the very right our Founders marked as sacrosanct--private gun ownership.