Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The Second Amendment is a Warning, Not a Challenge

Personally, I feel no need to compromise on any gun control proposal, no matter how benign it may be.  As the linked report indicates, we already have 20,000 gun laws in these United States, most of which are never used by prosecutors, except as a bargaining chip in getting potential criminals to admit to something and to get their conviction.  Well, with so many to choose from, prosecutors certainly don't need another one.

But, in fact, they do need another one.  They need to rile up their base to get them out on voting day, or any day in the month or so leading up to the election that they can take time out of their busy schedules of watching Dancing With the Stars and American Idol, or chasing after the latest from the Kardashians.

I spoke with such an uninformed person last night who honestly believes that you can buy a gun as easily as you can by a candy bar.  I have news for him.  Unless he is known in criminal circles, and they trust him, he can not buy a gun illegally.  Anyone selling guns illegally will either know the person he sells to, or will require the person to be vouched for by someone he does know.  The only way to buy one legally is to go through the process of obtaining a pistol permit, which involves a background check.  Then he has to go to a gun dealer, who will want him to surrender his pistol permit, but will still require that he fill out a form 4473, which will involve another background check, all before he can trade dollars for gun, and take home his chosen gun.  Even so, he now can keep it at his house, but he can not carry it legally anywhere else without going through a State approved course ($150 at last count) and paying a fee of $90 to have yet another background check, not to mention having your fingerprints taken, all so you can carry said gun anywhere the State has not designated as a gun free victim disarmament zone.  Sound as easy as buying a candy bar?

A number of such thoughts went through my head as I read today, at Dems Want Compromise on Gun Control Legislation? Here it is: For instance I still remember the old Jesse Helms quote:
Compromise, hell! That’s what has happened to us all down the line—and that’s the very cause of our woes. If freedom is right and tyranny is wrong, why should those who believe in freedom treat it as if it were a roll of bologna to be bartered a slice at the time?
I will even go so far as to say to those who would interpret our Second Amendment out of existence: You have no right to do so, any more than you have a right to eliminate our First Amendment rights. Those rights were an acknowledgement of rights given by God to all people. They were not put in our Constitution as a challenge to Government to figure out how to take them, but a warning not to try.  You persist at your own peril.  Whether we have a Second Amendment or not, we still have our rights.

Molon Labe.

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