What is to be gained by a law-abiding citizen “turning in” their guns to police during a gun buy back? Will any crimes be stopped? Will it save any lives? Of course not. It is a meaningless gesture meant to make someone feel they are fighting “gun violence”. For some, it is that, and for some, it is a “look at me” moment or maybe a publicity stunt. Our Marxist Moron today, I would wager, is, all about look at me!
Steve Hemmert lives a mile away from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.
He said Feb. 14 — the day when a former student gunned down 17 people at the school — was “surreal.”
Hemmert, who was a member of the Army Reserves, is familiar with guns. He said he used to enjoy going to the shooting range, sometimes with his teenage daughter, firing two of his AR-style rifles.
But now, after the Parkland shooting, the fun is gone.
And soon, too, will his guns: Hemmert sold the guns back to the Miami Police Department this weekend as part of its gun buyback program.
“It was like a transformation between thinking of guns as kind of a fun hobby, to my God, these exact types of rifles just killed kids in my community,” he told ABC News.
He continued, “I can’t imagine ever having any fun shooting those guns. I was almost embarrassed to own them because how insulting to the victims that I would even want to keep those things in my house.”
I had a friend back in Tampa that was attacked with a butcher knife. But having an emotional response to this buy getting rid of my butcher knife would be, well idiotic. People are attacked with all types of weapons, but these weapons are inanimate objects. The people who use weapons to attack, rob, kill citizens are to blame, not their weapon of choice. But, to someone in the Cult of Gun Control, guns are evil. People who own them are evil. And what is their end game? Well, allow Tom Knighton to explain Emphasis mine
However, here’s something Hemmert said that really struck me (emphasis mine).
Hemmert, who got a $250 Visa gift card for each of his guns, said he hopes that “owning ARs becomes toxic, almost like wearing fur or owning ivory. It just becomes socially unacceptable to own AR rifles.”
Here we go. Someone is admitting what we already knew, that goal is to stigmatize gun ownership. Oh, Hemmert may only be talking about ARs, but he’s deluded if he thinks it’ll stop there. It won’t.
You see, if they can make it socially unacceptable to own an AR-15 or similar rifle, then they can easily ban it. Demonizing a weapon and the people who own it, making them incredibly unpopular with society as a whole, is a solid way to get the change you want.
But the endgame has never been the AR-15. That’s just a popular patsy of the moment.
Once they get that, then they’ll start working on other weapons. They’ve already shown their hands with a semiautomatic ban proposal. That covers a lot more ground than just AR-15s.
And Hemmert is playing right into it.
The thing is, he accomplished nothing. None of the gun crowd is looking at what he did and thinking, “You know, I should do that too.”
Instead, we’re laughing at him. We’re laughing because we see the virtue signaling for what it is. It’s an empty gesture designed to make him look good in the eyes of his leftist neighbors.