President Obama wants to reinstate the so-called “assault weapons ban” which had a largely unsuccessful run from 1994 to 2004.
And in Nevada, the chair of the state senate Judiciary Committee, Tick Segerbloom, says he’s going to introduce a similar bill as “a starting point for discussion”, whatever that means.
Folks on NBC think it’s just “common sense” to ban guns as a method of stopping gun crime.
New York Senator Charles Schumer doesn’t see why anybody needs a so-called assault weapon with a high capacity magazine and our very own (whether or not we want to acknowledge it) Harry Reid is now going squishy on the Second Amendment given his lack of an endorsement from the National Rifle Association in his last election campaign.
Sounds like the makings of a skit for Saturday Night Live.
I really dislike writing about the same thing two weeks in a row.
But it bears repeating that with 200,000,000 guns already in civilian hands, no law restricting guns is going to restrict violence. Especially by people who have serious mental health issues, like the guys who shot up the school in Connecticut or the theatre in Colorado.
In fact, no law about mental health treatment will have much effect, either.
In general, when someone says, “there ought to be a law. . .” prohibiting something or other, there usually already is.
As a rule, laws don’t solve problems. In fact, laws usually create problems.
Last week, I suggested reinstating the 10 Commandments as opposed to an assault weapons ban. Someone emailed me the suggestion that I should not “call them “the Ten Commandments” call them the best rules for life, then they can’t say they are “religious””
I really wasn’t thinking of them—at least the last five—as being religious in nature when I was writing the piece.
They are the basis of most common law. The problem is that parents—which, in the final analysis, are the solution to almost every social problem we have—no longer seem to give much emphasis to the concept of voluntary compliance with both God’s law and man’s law. Or, put another way, just doing what’s right.
In fact, we have so many laws on the books these days that society makes most of us into criminals without our even knowing in many instances.
Good news for Senator Schumer, President Obama and State Senator Segerbloom: it’s already against the law to take a gun, walk into a school and kill 20 first graders. You don’t have to pass any more laws.
Instead of doing that, why not first go home and tell your kids that killing people is a bad thing, just as bad as taking people’s rights away from them.
Then, use your collective bully pulpit to suggest that other parents do the same.
I guarantee you that it will have a much greater effect on the problem than any law you think you can sneak through the legislative process.
This is exactly one of those problems which Ronald Reagan could have been talking about when he said that “Government is not the solution to our problem, government is the problem.”
I’m not saying that government foments the violence. I’m saying that the reliance on government to deal with a problem with which it is singularly unequipped to handle reduces reliance on the ultimate solution which is parenting.
A good parent is infinitely more effective in stopping violence than banning a 30 round magazine.
One final thought.
I still have a hard time understanding the talking heads on network TV who scoff at allowing people to be armed in self defense. If I’m in a movie theatre with a Glock 23 or my trusted Ruger Security Six and some clown comes in shooting with a rifle wouldn’t you rather I take him out rather than waiting for the cops to show up?
I’ll bet you that if New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg were sitting next to me he would be begging me to squeeze off that shot.
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