On Saturday March 2nd, Thomas Shellenberger wrote a piece that the News Journal despite it’s better judgment, allowed to be published…. The headline was the boring and is so common lately, it is usually panned: Disarming the law abiding is not sound gun control.… Why is this inane?
Because it is not even part of the equation. To put it into proper perspective, it was as if the proper answer to preventing Newtown’s shooting, was that we needed machines emitting secret rays that make guns jam up as soon as they are brought on premises; it is that far out there…. This opinion piece is simply aimed at pandering fear over having imaginary entities football-tackle gun owners and steal their guns; and nothing else. And by now three months after Dec. 14th, no one believes it anymore.
I can remember when people believed aliens were dissected at Roswell. (And for all I know they very well could be). But,…. whether they were or not, it has not impacted my life one way or another… Likewise, the giant controversy that swept up Mike Castle in its eddy (whether Obama was born in Kenya), was nothing but a giant distraction designed to gin up ignorant people to hold out the unrealistic hope that such could be true and a non-black would then become President… Again, it had nothing to to with any practical purpose and only had one effect: to make every one its believers appears as the stupidest, most ridiculous, idiotic, imbecilic, deranged, dumb-ass, and incompetent human beings ever to exist on this planet. Shellenberger seems to be pushing the same kind of argument. Here is why.
- No one cares about law abiding citizens; get this: they are not even a part of the equation.
- The criminal justice system of Delaware had nothing to do with the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut.
- No law abiding citizen will be disarmed by the anticipated plans soon to be put in place by Biden and Markell.
- Having a No-gun rule around young children is extremely good common sense.
- If the police want new sales of assault weapons banned, who are you to want otherwise, .. a criminal?
- Evidence supports the ’94 assault weapons ban could possibly have had a positive effect on decreasing mass killings.
Those tired arguments put to rest, here is exactly why we do need more regulations upon guns.
- There is not enough regulation at the moment.
- It is too easy for the wrong people to get their hands on a gun.
- The NRA has purposefully made tracking guns as difficult as possible to enable criminals to shoot people with impunity.
- There is now less level of responsibility involved with owning a gun, than having a 16 year old driving a car.
Then there is this very tired old line…. yawn….
“until we fix the criminal justice system so the laws already on the books are enforced and provide a meaningful deterrent, passage of any new laws only interfere with law abiding citizens….”
oh, oh… I must have dozed off there a second…
That is exactly the problem. There are not enough laws… Granted, there are enough laws in some places, but right next to those places, are spots where there are no laws against purchasing any weapons at all. Chicago has a store across its county line that sells 10% of all confiscated guns acquired by Chicago law enforcement. Everyone of those is sold legally. California has Nevada, where a very high rate of confiscated weapons come from. Mississippi has no laws. There is an Iron Pipeline it is called that funnels guns bought in Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia right up 95 into New York City… EVERYONE OF THESE GUNS WAS BOUGHT LEGALLY…..
So how can you enforce laws on the books when there are no laws on the books? Duh.
Crash. (The argument of the NRA and Schellenberger just shattered on the floor….)
Here is what we do need… Simply put, and no legal person has to worry about a thing…..
- A national background check that pinpoints every known gun, to an owner who is responsible for that weapon.
- Requirement that stolen guns get reported ASAP or owner is charged with conspiracy in crime he was accomplice to.
- As requested by police, a ban on the sales of new assault rifles.
- A ban on high capacity clips.
- Liability insurance up to $1 million on every gun owned. The insurance conglomerates can figure out the price and deductions.
Obviously any sane gun owner has nothing to fear. So why are gun owners so frightened? Are all the weapons in their possession bought at shows and are formerly stolen and they don’t want anyone looking at the registration number to find out?
Yes. Of most of the gun owners I know, yes, they are very worried about this. That is exactly why they are so kooky over this common sense legislation that will both protect their 2nd Amendment rights and our right to live without fear of gun nuts on the loose….