Paranoid or pertinent? This modified version of an early Soviet poster encouraging civilian disarmament is being circulated as controversy over gun control continues in the US.

“Confiscate, confiscate, confiscate:” anti-gun agenda exposed

The disarmament goals of anti-gun legislators in the US have been confirmed after one was caught in an official recording saying they needed legislation to “confiscate, confiscate, confiscate”.

The microphones were left on for a few moments after the end of a US senate committee hearing last week, catching a number of Democrat senators and staff discussing gun laws and gun owners.

“We needed a bill that was going to confiscate, confiscate, confiscate,” says one, though it is not clear whether it was a senator or staffer.

Another says gun owners “don’t care about the bad guys. All they want to do is have their little guns and do whatever they want with them.”

The recording was exposed by the Association of New Jersey Rifle and Pistol Clubs, an organisation that actively campaigns for gun rights and is the NRA’s official association in the state.

“The discussion that was caught, apparently among several senators and staff, is outrageous, and reveals legislators’ true view of gun owners,” the ANJRPC said on its website.

“The discussion reveals absolute contempt for the Second Amendment and those who exercise it, as well as complete ignorance of the fact that gun rights organisations like ANJRPC have long advocated for clear and specific legislation punishing criminals who misuse firearms, instead of misguided legislation (like the bills currently being pushed by Senate Democrats) that demonises hardware.”

The American gun lobby has been criticised for so strongly opposing proposed gun-control legislation including universal background checks for gun buyers, but lobbyists say that the desire of legislators to confiscate guns from law-abiding citizens is forcing them to take a tough stand.

Many point out that the only way to ensure universal background checks happen is to have a registry of all firearms, and a registry would be the first step in creating a situation where guns could be confiscated.

They also argue that in such circumstances, only the law-abiding people who had registered their firearms would be affected, not criminals with unregistered guns.

Comments like “all they want to do is have their little guns and do whatever they want with them” are being held up as signs of the anti-gun lobby’s contempt for gun owners and the lack of understanding of how seriously they take their firearms.

Scott Bach, president of the ANJRPC, described the Democrat senators’ legislative moves as “an extremist agenda that should not be moving” and said he was “outraged” by the recording.

Senator Loretta Weinberg, who is pushing the gun-control laws, was part of the recorded conversation, though was not the one to use the word “confiscate”, and she has since denied having an agenda to confiscate firearms.

In the recording, she says that while the pro-gun lobby wants to keep guns away from the wrong people, “they don’t have any regulations to do it”.

Afterwards, she told the media that her gun-control regulations would achieve that aim.




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Mick Matheson

Mick grew up with guns and journalism, and has included both in his career. A life-long hunter, he has long-distant military experience and holds licence categories A, B and H. In the glory days of print media, he edited six national magazines in total, and has written about, photographed and filmed firearms and hunting for more than 15 years.