Sunday, August 30, 2015

Want to End the 2nd Amendment? Have At It, Already

With the on-air murder of two individuals last week, again the cry has gone up to eliminate guns from our culture.  In fact, the reporter's father has committed himself and his life to doing so, and just based on the amount of nearly instantaneous airtime he's acquired on CNN, he appears serious.

But, beyond just the simple demagoguery and the grandiose goals that were born of horrific pain, does anyone really understand what that means?

Charles C. W. Cooke of the National Review writes, in the most clear terms ever, what it will take to remove the second amendment, and asks its opponents to finally stop talking about it and get on with its repeal.  There are, of course, a number of things to address.  Here's just one example:

And when you’ve done all that and your vision is inked onto parchment, you’ll need to enforce it. No, not in the namby-pamby, eh-we-don’t-really-want-to-fund-it way that Prohibition was enforced. I mean enforce it — with force. When Australia took its decision to Do Something, the Australian citizenry owned between 2 and 3 million guns. Despite the compliance of the people and the lack of an entrenched gun culture, the government got maybe three-quarters of a million of them — somewhere between a fifth and a third of the total. That wouldn’t be good enough here, of course. There are around 350 million privately owned guns in America, which means that if you picked up one in three, you’d only be returning the stock to where it was in 1994. 

Does that sound difficult? Sure! After all, this is a country of 330 million people spread out across 3.8 million square miles, and if we know one thing about the American people, it’s that they do not go quietly into the night. But the government has to have their guns. It has to. The Second Amendment has to go. 

You’re going to need a plan. A state-by-state, county-by-county, street-by-street, door-to door plan. A detailed roadmap to abolition that involves the military and the police and a whole host of informants — and, probably, a hell of a lot of blood, too. Sure, the ACLU won’t like it, especially when you start going around poorer neighborhoods. Sure, there are probably between 20 and 30 million Americans who would rather fight a civil war than let you into their houses. Sure, there is no historical precedent in America for the mass confiscation of a commonly owned item — let alone one that was until recently constitutionally protected. Sure, it’s slightly odd that you think that we can’t deport 11 million people but we can search 123 million homes. But that’s just the price we have to pay. Times have changed. It has to be done: For the children; for America; for the future. 

Read the whole thing here.

1 comment:

  1. The biggest problem with the gun control crowd is that they are always calling for some unknown gun control measures.

    What are they? I am open minded to constitutional measures that a case can be made that can actually do something, but what are their plans?

    Here are measures I would support:

    1. Close the loopholes that allow private firearm transactions without a background check.

    2. Raise the age for an individual to purchase a firearm to 21, just like liquor.

    3. Regulating the size of magazines available to the public.

    4. Increasing the wait times for hand gun purchase to 168 hours (7 days).

    5. Regulating the volume of ammunition purchased.

    6. Outlawing the private ownership without pemit of bullet proof vests.

    The main focus on preventing these attacks is stronger mental health controls. I favor the appointment of guardians for individuals deemed a danger to themselves that can better control and monitor these people. If gun control background checks have any possibility of working these people should not be able to purchase weapons and ammunition. But the system, government run, is a failure because it cant even identify the most dangerous.


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