In a searing op-ed for CNSNews.com, legendary musician Charlie Daniels explained why conservatives and Second Amendment supporters were so reluctant to support additional gun control measures in the wake of horrific mass shootings. The problem begins, he writes, with the left’s determination to blame President Trump and other Republicans for violent acts they had nothing to do with. And from there, the demonization continues until every Republican voter is painted with the same callous shade of indifference.
“Nobody with enough gray matter to tie their shoes really believes that the proponents of the Second Amendment want to see gun violence, and the kind of gross incendiary dialogue that suggests otherwise is totally counterproductive to doing anything about sensible gun laws or the insanity on our streets,” writes Daniels.
The country superstar said that if there exists the political will to bring the rates of gun violence down, that will should be laser-focused on enforcing the laws already on the books.
“The cities with the most stringent firearm laws have the highest murder rates,” he writes. “Unscrupulous gun dealers and black-market gun dealers need to be taken off the streets and face serious jail time.”
He said that attracting conservatives to support additional gun laws was an uphill battle, simply because the left has proven itself untrustworthy so many times.
“The problem with getting legal gun owners on board is the government’s habit of throwing the baby out with the bathwater and their ‘give us an inch and we’ll take a mile’ approach,” he notes. “Actually, the master plan on the radical side is an incremental outlawing of all privately-owned firearms, Second Amendment be damned.”
However, he said, even if the left somehow succeeded in achieving their Amazing Anti-Gun Utopia, there’s little evidence to suggest that it would stop the bloodshed.
“Even if the anti-gun contingent had their ultimate way and were successful in removing legally owned guns in America, nothing would be done about the illegally owned ones. One more law is not going to turn criminals into law-abiding citizens,” he writes.