Late last week, a retired porn star named Mia Khalifa tweeted a photo of herself handing a shotgun to a police officer. According to Ms. Khalifa, “I’m turning in my gun to the police today and leaving my gun rack empty, just like the beds of all the lost children. I’m not against the 2nd ammendment(sic), I am against the untimely deaths of children.” While her former career isn’t consequential, her celebrity is. Because she’s somewhat famous, her public display of what she considers an act against gun violence earned her the adulation of a whole new fan base.
Hordes of people lined up to congratulate her on her brave sacrifice. Khalifa scored bonus points for announcing she would be “donating the gun’s value ($1,500)” to (not) Everytown, one of the anti-liberty hate groups which have made confiscation the goal of every Democrat. The collective “squee” from the gun grabbers drowned out the detail that if Khalifa thinks what appears to be a used Remington 870 is worth $,1500, she probably shouldn’t have owned it in the first place.
The same can be said for each of the new leftist heroes who have jumped aboard the trend of publicly destroying their own guns. While each of them, including Khalifa and at least two Democratic congressional candidates, have cited tragedies like Parkland and Santa Fe in their rhetoric, none has realized that emptying their own gun racks will be as helpful in preventing new nightmares as the “gun free zone” signs at Parkland and Santa Fe were. Handing your gun to a bewildered cop, sawing it in half, running it over with your car or melting it in a bonfire won’t accomplish squat, except making you regret it if someone threatens your life after you do it.
Torching a perfectly serviceable firearm won’t prevent unsupervised psychopaths from so much as tearing the wings off a butterfly. All these “rifle wreckers” are really doing is admitting that they can’t be trusted with their firearms, in which case, they’re still not making the point they think they are. No one thinks that people who can’t be trusted with firearms should have firearms. George Scott, the Democrat running for Congress from Pennsylvania, melted down what turned out to be a Smith and Wesson MP15-22. The guy didn’t even destroy a real AR, itself a semi-automatic-only version of the M4. Anyone silly enough to melt down a replica — of a replica — of an actual assault rifle is someone I wouldn’t trust with a Nerf gun.
The blatant dishonesty that has come to define the anti-liberty left’s position on guns and gun rights is, in itself, enough for me to take them as seriously on the topic as I do a former porn star who thinks a used Remington 870 is as valuable as a new Benelli Montefeltro. These are people whose breadth of knowledge about guns is gleaned from Hollywood movies and left wing media flacks, whose breadth of knowledge is gleaned from the same source. When they’re not making outlandish claims about the weapons they want to ban, they’re engaging in fatuous self-flattery disguised as activism.
Meanwhile, the facts reveal that children are actually safer in school now than they have been in decades. A recent study at Northeastern University, which analyzed data from the USA Today, the FBI’s Supplementary Homicide Report, the Congressional Research Service, the NYPD, Everytown and even left-wing hate blog Mother Jones revealed shootings at school have been steadily-to-precipitously declining since the early 1990s. Therefore, people who make public spectacles of destroying firearms are not only wasting time and perfectly good guns, they’re paying hundreds to thousands of dollars for the opportunity to draw attention to themselves, while preventing nothing but underexposure.
Those who cheer people like Khalifa are fond of demanding someone “do something” to eliminate horrors like Santa Fe. As long as people like the Santa Fe attacker, like the Parkland, Nashville, Charleston, Aurora, San Bernardino, Fort Hood and Orlando shooters can stroll past layers of security, including federal, state, local and parental enforcement, without raising so much as an eyebrow, anything else we do will be as useful as surrendering a used shotgun to the police.
— Ben Crystal