Once again, leftists are telegraphing the punches and bragging about how they want to do away with state preemption of firearm laws. They can only do this because they’ve essentially bought the state and have no scruples left. It’s sorta like raping a woman in front of her husband. No one dares stand up to them and call them on their crap because journalism has either been coopted by the same corrupting influences that turned these politicians into tyrants or because “reporters” just suck at their jobs today. Probably both.
Let’s be honest about the recent violence on the Strip; the people who are doing it are trash who wouldn’t be able to afford Las Vegas if it wasn’t for the steep discounts that COVID-19 has afforded them. We are seeing violence because the people who live their lives in such a way that they can’t afford to vacation are finally able to and bringing their violence and lack of impulse control with them.
It has nothing to do with guns and everything about bringing in the wrong kind of people. Chalk it up to race (really culture reflected by racial delineations) and gang culture, but ultimately low prices have brought low-quality tourists to town.
The normal trade of foreign tourists and people from all over the country coming to gamble in city has declined dramatically. Banning gambling and closing casinos entirely did nothing to help the tourist trade. The continuing restrictions that have made Vegas less fun are not attracting people, many of whom have already been terrified or impoverished by the “flatten the economy” approach to the pandemic.
Banning guns on the Strip isn’t going to solve anything. Criminals and gang members will still bring guns to casinos and the sidewalks down the Boulevard and on Fremont Street. Any laws that ban firearms in casinos or in the major tourists areas will simply cause law abiding people to be defenseless.
In the face of increasing violence and decreased tourism, the last thing any intelligent person should want to do is make normal people more vulnerable to criminals. That’s exactly what gun bans will do. Nevadans and armed visiting Americans will simply avoid the dangerous Strip if they can’t protect themselves while walking around. More tourist dollars down the drain.
Next, is the best response to the October 1, 2017, massacre the repeal of firearm preemption laws? Of course not. No one but Steven Paddock knew what was going to happen that night. No law could stop that attack, nor one like it.
What laws would likely be passed? As we mentioned, banning guns on the Strip. For that to be enforced, a cop would have to have probable cause to arrest someone to begin with. Casinos using technology to scan people and then reporting that information to police would bring up a whole host of privacy and constitutional issues. Criminals would still carry illegally while Joe Gambler from Texas would be disarmed and might choose to avoid the city altogether.
Banning “assault weapons” in Clark County wouldn’t solve anything either. They would be legal to own or sell in other counties and criminals could easily bring them in from other states (or ones that would surely be grandfathered).
There’s no magic law or regulation that will stop crime or terrorist attacks from occurring. More regulations is about what gun control has always been about; disarming Americans and depriving them of their right to defend themselves from tyranny and violence. Repealing preemption is just another way for feckless leaders who hate civil liberties to chip away at the one right that protects the rest. Watch Clark County ban open carry and then do nothing as leftist mobs burn down businesses.
You want to repeal preemption? Fine. Allow counties to invalidate sections of the NRS they don’t like. Maybe Nye County can let teachers be armed, not require a CCW permit to carry concealed, or allow private gun sales to happen again without involving a dealer for a background check.
The only reason this discussion is possible is because the Democratic Party is wholly corrupt. It can be said without joking that Michael Bloomberg has bought our legislature. He did it Virginia and look at them. Sure, we have the last laugh, but we don’t want to exercise that option. Get out and vote Republican, especially in the state assembly and senate races. We must deny the leftists a majority in the legislature to stop these bills.
Clayton E. Cramer
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