Wash. Times warns readers Pelosi will "try to confiscate" guns

››› ››› JOCELYN FONG

A Washington Times editorial stated that congressional Democrats will "go[] after the guns of law-abiding Americans." The editorial echoed the rhetoric of other media conservatives who have warned that President Obama or congressional Democrats intend to confiscate guns.

Joining the ranks of media conservatives who have warned their audiences that President Obama or congressional Democrats intend to take away their guns, The Washington Times stated in an April 13 editorial, "Now that Democrats are in control of the legislative and executive branches of government, even the will of the people won't keep them from going after the guns of law-abiding Americans." Noting that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said, "We don't want to take their guns away. We want them registered," the editorial nonetheless asserted that Pelosi's "next move will be to try to confiscate them," and that "[d]espite Mrs. Pelosi's assurances to the contrary, Americans' fear that registration will lead to confiscation is well-founded."

The Times website advertised the editorial with a subhead that read, "Democrats are going after guns":

From the April 13 Washington Times editorial:

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, announced last week that she wants to register guns. Her next move will be to try to confiscate them.

The speaker picked a television show with a viewership of 4.6 million to float the Democrats' coming gun-control push. Questioned on ABC's "Good Morning America" about the prospect of new gun-control laws now that "it's a Democratic president, a Democratic House," she responded, "We don't want to take their guns away. We want them registered."

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Because registration doesn't help solve crime, it is important to ask why government wants to register the people's firearms. History provides the answer. In countries from Australia to England, registration has been used to create lists of guns that later were confiscated by their governments. Despite Mrs. Pelosi's assurances to the contrary, Americans' fear that registration will lead to confiscation is well-founded. Indeed, Mrs. Pelosi's own state of California already has used existing registration lists to confiscate so-called assault weapons just a half-dozen years ago.

The speaker claims registration won't lead to gun confiscation because of the Supreme Court decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, which struck down the District's handgun ban last June. She knows full well that this judgment was based on a narrow 5-4 decision that could be reversed when President Obama gets his opportunity to appoint an additional liberal justice to the court.

A Gallup poll released Wednesday shows that support for gun control is "at an all-time low" since the issue started being surveyed nearly 50 years ago. According to Gallup, just 29 percent favor handgun bans. Now that Democrats are in control of the legislative and executive branches of government, even the will of the people won't keep them from going after the guns of law-abiding Americans.

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