It is, perhaps, the ultimate “do as I say, not as I do” scenario: progressive entertainment stars and politicians telling us that we shouldn’t possess firearms.
So now would be a good time for American progressives to rise up and do for their icons, as their icons seek to do for us: it’s time for an entire movement of celebrity gun buy-back events.
Gun buy-back events, if you’re not familiar, have been proliferating nationwide over the past decade or so. They usually involve a local law enforcement agency setting-up a designated time and location where individuals can hand-over their firearms without fear of arrest or prosecution, and receive some sort of “reward” – typically a gift card - in return. The goal is to get guns “off the streets,” and thousands of Americans have willingly and freely participated in these events over the last ten years.
The assumption that undergirds these events is the same one that animates the anti-gun ownership movement generally: “guns kill people.” That is, of course, an illogical assumption; a gun is merely an inanimate object, and is incapable of “doing” anything apart from human instigation. In fact, apart from the God-given intelligence and creativity of human beings who figured out what to do with the raw materials and physical matter, “guns,” as such, wouldn’t exist at all (neither would anything else outside the realm of the natural created order).
But let’s apply this assumption to all of America, and not just to those of us who are thought of as the “unwashed masses.” If one believes that guns kill people, then one should want every American to abandon them – and “every American” should most certainly include New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
Last Thursday (less than one week after the Connecticut school massacre), Governor Cuomo announced that he’ll be proposing more gun control legislation for his state next year. "I don't think legitimate huntsman is going to say I need an assault weapon to go hunting,” he noted at a press conference. And, bad grammar aside, we’d also have to conclude that “legitimate Governor” doesn’t need a weapon in order to do his Governor thing, either. So please, Mr. Cuomo, let peace and tranquility begin with you – hand over your guns. And as you make a public disclosure of every weapon that is in your private possession, we’ll ask you to sign a pledge to never allow your security team to carry weaponry either, because – as we all know, Governor – “guns kill people.”
Austin Hill is an Author, Consultant, and Host of "Austin Hill's Big World of Small Business," a syndicated talk show about small business ownership and entrepreneurship. He is Co-Author of the new release "The Virtues Of Capitalism: A Moral Case For Free Markets." , Author of "White House Confidential: The Little Book Of Weird Presidential History," and a frequent guest host for Washington, DC's 105.9 WMAL Talk Radio.