The Democrats are stealing from Britain’s playbook on how to strip gun rights from the law-abiding

With the Democrats continuing to declare war on a 2nd Amendment it is important to look at past gun-grabbing movements and how they worked. Below is an excerpt from a Breitbart article explaining how the U.K gun control movement worked.


Britain began placing restrictions on gun ownership after World War I with the Firearms Act of 1920. The passage of this act was emotionally driven, based in part on the public’s war-weariness and in part on the fear that an increased number of guns–guns from the battle field–would increase crime.

The Firearms Act of 1920 did not ban guns. Rather, it required that citizens who wanted a gun had to first obtain a certificate from the government. We see this same stage taking place in various places in the United States now, where a person who wants a firearm has to get a Fire Owner Identification Card (Illinois) or has to be vetted by police (Massachusetts) or both.

Thirteen years after the passage of the Firearms Act, British Parliament passed the Firearms and Imitation Firearms Bill, making the possession of a replica gun or a real one equally punishable unless the owner of either could show the lawful purpose for which he had it. This was followed by the Firearms Act of 1937, which author Frank Miniter says “extended restrictions to shotguns and granted chief constables the power to add conditions to individual private firearm certificates.”

In the U.S., police departments in Massachusetts play the role Britain’s chief constables played and have final say on who can or can’t own a firearm. On July 25, Breitbart News reported that that Massachusetts police were pressing for “sole discretion” on who could own a long gun; they already had such discretion over who could own a handgun. On August 1, they received the power they sought.

Britain continued to issue firearm certificates as World War II set in. But by the time the war was over, the gun control mindset had permeated society to a point where self-defense was no longer a valid reason to secure a certificate for gun ownership.

Guns were simply for sport or for hunting.

In 1987, Michael Ryan shot and killed sixteen people in Hungerford, including his mother. He wounded fourteen others, then killed himself. According to the Library of Congress, Ryan used “lawfully owned” rifles to carry out the attack. Nevertheless, his attack prompted the passage of more laws in the form of the Firearms Act of 1988. This act “banned the possession of high-powered self loading rifles” and “burst-firing weapons,” and imposed “stricter standards for ownership” to secure a government certificate to own a shotgun.

In 1996, Thomas Hamilton walked into an elementary school in Dunblane, Scotland, and shot and killed “sixteen small children…and their teacher in the gym before killing himself.” He brought two rifles and four handguns to carry out the attack. All six guns were legally owned: Hamilton had fully complied with gun control statutes.

The Firearm Act of 1997 was passed while emotions ran high. Gun control proponents push for an all-out ban on private gun ownership, in the much the same way that Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) reacted to the heinous crime at Sandy Hook Elementary by trying to ban approximately 150 different guns.

Yet the Firearm Act did not ban all guns, “but served to essentially prohibit the ownership of handguns in Britain” and to make the acquisition of certificate to possess a long gun an onerous and time-consuming one.

It is important to look at how they worked their way to the strict Gun-Control they have now. The first thing is that they used emotion to push it. They used the public’s fears to take away their own rights. Whether it was World War 1 or Mass Shootings the public wasn’t strong enough to fight against the tyranny. This is the exact tactic the left and Mainstream Media is using. They attack Gun owners after every shooting and politicize the tragedy as a way to bully working-class Americans into giving up their gun rights.

The next part of their Gun confiscation strategy is the piece by piece aspect. They didn’t wake up one day and pass legislation that banned guns. They stripped away their right to bear arms piece by piece over the course of 77 years. This is the exact same thing the left is trying to do in America. The left uses every chance they get to get one step closer to taking our guns. Mag Ban here, Bump Stock ban there and before you know it the Second Amendment is on the line.

If you believe in the right to bear arms then you must understand the danger the far-left poses to that God-given right. They want nothing but to take your guns and we must fight the battle for the Second Amendment with that in mind.

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