Quote of the day—Josh Sugarmann

The single bloody thread that runs through these incidents is the easy accessability we allow our citizens to the most lethal categories of firearms, such as handguns. After these shootings a predictable pattern emerges, we quickly look for a loophole to be plugged, a limited law that could be better enforced, or other `common sense’ solutions, while never stepping back to look at the big picture: the freeflow of guns in our nation. America’s gun violence problem will not be solved by licensing and registration, trigger locks, or lamentations over the evil in men’s hearts. These tragic shootings are America’s future until we eliminate handguns, the tools that make such violence possible.

Josh Sugarmann
March 5, 2001
Santana High School Shooting Latest Proof of Need For Handgun Ban
[This quote is from over 10 years ago but we can’t let the world forget this is their goal. It is because of statements like these Sugarmann and friends are probably more of a problem for the Brady Campaign than gun owners these days. This kind of talk make it difficult for Helmke and friends to argue there is no slippery slope.—Joe]

8 thoughts on “Quote of the day—Josh Sugarmann

  1. I saw it. Just because he said it doesn’t mean it is true. That statement is completely false. I have never seen a “full automatic assault rifle” available for sale at any of the many gun shows I have attended.

  2. I have seen both fully-automatic weapons and suppressors for sale at various firearm shows around Knoxville… HOWEVER, the retailers for those products made it ABUNDANTLY clear (both verbally and by very large, very bold signage) that a purchaser could not simply pick it up at the store and leave, and that all NFA laws and requirements would be abided by.

    By the same token, I have seen both grenades and rocket launcher tubes for sale at gun shows… except, if one were aware of the colorations painted on them, one would know that they were inert/dummy/training equipment.

    I somehow doubt that the average anti-rights cultist has that knowledge, and even if s/he did, I doubt s/he would use it.

    I find it very interesting that Sugarmann would say something like the above in 2001… after the precipitous decline in firearm-related fatalities throughout the ’90s. Simultaneous to that decline, firearm ownership was steadily increasing, handily disproving his idiocy in one fell swoop…

  3. If a terrorist isn’t a felon, what’s to stop them from buying NFA weapons?

  4. If any person has not committed a felony (or any of the other triggers the FBI looks for when executing the background checks on NFA tax stamps), what is to stop them from buying NFA weapons?

    There is a phrase for a person who has not been convicted of crimes… I wonder if you know it?

    Speaking more generally, why would a terrorist want his weapon registered to his name, address, and full identity? And, in the case of fully-automatics, why would a terrorist fork over the megabucks necessary to purchase one when his buddies could smuggle one in for far cheaper?

  5. Even easier than buying or smuggling… What is to stop them from simply making an NFA weapon? The only thing difficult about it is doing it legally… Otherwise you can do it with nothing but a hacksaw or materials and tools readily available at any local hardware store.

    Besides, what’s the big deal anyway? With the possible exception of explosive DDs there’s nothing inherently more deadly/dangerous about NFA weapons vs non-NFA ones.

  6. “Speaking more generally, why would a terrorist want his weapon registered to his name, address, and full identity? And, in the case of fully-automatics, why would a terrorist fork over the megabucks necessary to purchase one when his buddies could smuggle one in for far cheaper?”

    Since most terrorists view these types of things as suicide missions, why should they care who has their name, address and full identity? In fact, it’s almost better if people know who did the crime. That way, they can take credit.

    I haven’t heard anything about the terrorists having money problems. Why do you think they would want to save money?

  7. So with those propositions put forward, UBU, I am sure you will be forthcoming with all kinds of stories and news reports about how terrorist have been employing NFA-registered weapons in their crimes.

    … right?

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