Anyone falsely portraying this gun control debate is ‘trying to sell you something’

Jul 28, 2016, 6:14 AM | Updated: 9:08 am

The Brady Campaign has been among the many voices demanding gun regulations in America. KIRO Radio’s Jason Rantz wonders if that means gun control and banning firearms.

“There is a very specific type of gun that we want banned – none of them,” said Dan Gross, president of the Brady Campaign. “All we are trying to do is keep guns out of the hands of people we all agree that shouldn’t have them. Whether you love or hate guns, you agree that a convicted violent criminal, domestic abuser, someone who is dangerously mentally ill, or a would-be terrorist should not be able to get their hands on guns.”

Related: Seattle quiet on how much gun taxes it took in

The Brady Campaign was formed after the shooting of Jim Brady during an assassination attempt on then-President Ronald Reagan. Brady and his wife Sarah have since worked to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. And that’s a distinction that Gross stresses, especially on a contentious issue that has people continuously arguing over gun control.

“Anyone portraying this as a debate between the Second Amendment and people who want to take that right away, they are trying to sell you something,” Gross said. “Specifically, they are trying to sell you more guns. They know good and well that we can prevent a lot of tragedies, not all of them, but a lot of the tragedies that are happening just by keeping guns out of the wrong hands.”

Rantz pressed Gross if that meant what is commonly referred to in gun control circles as “weapons of war,” and targeting them.

“What we are focused on is every kind of gun,” Gross said. “Every gun is capable of killing in the wrong hands, or capable of recreation or defense in the right hands.”

“Whether it’s an assault weapon or a handgun, we are focused on keeping those guns out of the hands of the people we all agree shouldn’t have them,” he said. “Rather than focusing on taking certain guns away from all people, we are focused on keeping all guns away from certain people.”

For example, Gross points to domestic abusers or convicted violent criminals who should be denied firearms in the country. He said there are laws that bar them from owning a gun, yet there are loopholes that are abused.

“We have no way of enforcing those laws because right now that convicted domestic abuser can go into a gun show and buy a gun – no questions asked,” he said.

Gross also points his finger more directly at what he calls “bad apple” gun stores, such as Chuck’s Gun Shop outside of Chicago. It is not proven that the gun store has engaged in criminal activity. But Gross alleges otherwise.

“Chuck’s Gun Shop and Pistol Range, right outside of Chicago, right over the city limits,” Gross said. “Chicago did a crime gun trace report, that showed in five years Chuck’s sold 1,500 guns that were recovered on the streets after a crime. The average gun dealer in the area sold an average of three crime guns.”

“They know what they are doing,” he said. “They are not some big gun store, they are either selling guns to gun traffickers, to straw purchasers or selling them off the books and reporting them lost or stolen. We have yet to prove that in a court of law, but it is certainly way too striking for anybody to think it is a coincidence.”

Jason Rantz on AM 770 KTTH
  • listen to jason rantzTune in to AM 770 KTTH weekdays at 3-6pm toThe Jason Rantz Show.

Jason Rantz Show

Jason Rantz

seattle police, shootings, Twitter...
Jason Rantz

Rantz: Seattle Police can’t find enough staff for patrol, city and media silent

The Seattle Police Department does not have enough officers to meet daily minimum staffing needs in any precinct across the city.
2 days ago
Seattle Council President Lorena Gonzalez, records requests...
Jason Rantz

Rantz: Lorena Gonzalez runs ‘morally disgusting,’ ‘anti-Black’ attack ad in mayor’s race

A new "racist" attack ad by Seattle City Council President Lorena Gonzalez probably killed her chances of being the city's next mayor.
2 days ago
tacoma, officers, tacoma police, manny ellis, Urquhart...
Jason Rantz

Rantz: Police staffing crisis in Tacoma is nearly as bad as in Seattle, morale ‘decimated’

The Tacoma Police Department is dramatically understaffed as crime continues to surge across the city. Police officers are now sounding the alarms.
6 days ago
Jason Rantz

Rantz: Inslee firing thousands isn’t about health – it’s about forced vaccinations

Governor Jay Inslee's COVID-19 vaccine mandate isn't about public health. It's about power and forced vaccinations. 
7 days ago
KTTH staff

Pierce County Sheriff Troyer says he knew charges were ‘coming since day one’

Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer joins the Jason Rantz Show to react to two misdemeanor charges against him from the attorney general's office.
7 days ago
Jason Rantz

Rantz: State AG charges Pierce County Sheriff with 2 misdemeanors after ‘unusual’ move

Attorney General Bob Ferguson's office is readying misdemeanor charges against Pierce County Sheriff Ed Troyer. The filing could come as early as Tuesday.
8 days ago

Sponsored Articles


Medicare open enrollment for 2022 starts Oct. 15 and SHIBA can help!

Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner SPONSORED — Medicare’s Open Enrollment Period, also called the Annual Election Period, is Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. During this time, people enrolled in Medicare can: Switch from Original Medicare to a Medicare Advantage plan and vice versa. Join, drop or switch a Part D prescription drug plan, […]

How to Have a Stress-Free Real Estate Experience

The real estate industry has adapted and sellers are taking full advantage of new real estate models. One of which is Every Door Real Estate.
IQ Air

How Poor Air Quality Is Affecting Our Future Athletes

You cannot control your child’s breathing environment 100% of the time, but you can make a huge impact.
Swedish Health Services

Special Coverage: National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

There are a wide variety of treatment options available for men with prostate cancer. The most technologically advanced treatment option in the Northwest is Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy using the CyberKnife platform.
Marysville Police Department

Police Opportunities in a Growing, Supportive Washington Community

Marysville PD is looking for both lateral and entry level officers. Begin or continue your career in law enforcement for a growing, supportive community.

Small, Minority-Owned Businesses in King County and Pierce County Can Now Apply For $10,000 Relief Grants Through Comcast RISE

Businesses in King County and Pierce County can apply beginning on October 1, 2021, at www.ComcastRISE.com for a chance to receive a $10,000 relief grant.
Anyone falsely portraying this gun control debate is ‘trying to sell you something’