Yeah. The left.
Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo is jumping into the conversation. He posted the following on Twitter Sunday night:Give law enforcement tools to keep guns out of the hands of criminals. I wonder what insider knowledge he has that anyone in Waco who was carrying a firearm was, in fact, a criminal prohibited by law from possessing a firearm. I wonder what tools he would like to have (other than 22,000+ laws regulating the sale and possession of firearms in this country) that would have gotten the guns "out of the hands of criminals"? Perhaps he feels that the police should have been able to just decide that a member of a motorcycle club, by definition, is a criminal and prohibit them from owning a firearm?
“Waco today was textbook example of societal problem & illustrates need to give law enforcement tools to keep guns out of the hands of criminals.”
That's what some states do already. It doesn't lead to fewer criminals owning guns, it doesn't lead to lower crime rates, it just prevents ordinary citizens from exercising a Constitutional right. Just check with Californians. The average joe has to go through hundreds of hoops to purchase and keep a firearm, most of them can't legally carry them anywhere they go, but Senator Dianne Feinstein has a concealed pistol permit issued from a city that would never even consider issuing one to you or me. And California is less restrictive than Illinois or Massachusetts.
Fortunately the Supreme Court has ruled that the states don't get to just automatically deny a Constitutional right. Even one that the leftists don't like so many of those laws are in the process of being overturned.
The left is reflexively anti-freedom, in my opinion, and their stance on the ability of average Americans to be less reliant on the government shows itself every time. That is the true difference between the Progressive movement and the Libertarian/Conservative movement. We trust the people, the Progressives trust the government. You can see it every time they open their mouths.
Oh, and in case you are wondering Austin is a little leftist utopia nestled deep in the heart of Texas.