Prohibition, Round Three: Guns

It didn’t succeed with alcohol.  It didn’t succeed with marijuana.  But the government’s going to try it again anyway, this time with guns.  What’s that saying?  “Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me.”  So where the does the shame lie the third time around?

A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
Second Amendment to the Constitution

As a tax paying citizen, I am guaranteed by the second amendment the right to “keep and bear Arms.”  While I personally don’t own a gun, I do believe that is one of the most important rights protected by the Bill of Rights.  I damn sure don’t trust the government to keep its people safe; any government who supports GMOs, fluoridates its drinking water, and forces a corrupt health care plan on its citizens obviously places public safety pretty low on its priority list.  It therefore falls to me to protect my own life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.  And when those things are threatened, there’s nothing I’d rather have at my side than a gun.

Yesterday, Obama and Biden presented their new gun control plan, prompted by the tragic shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary and the Dark Knight showing.  There are a slew of conspiracy theories surrounding the Sandy Hook shooting, most of them claiming that it didn’t actually happen, that it was a big fat hoax concocted by the government to further its gun control agenda.  (Hmm, this sounds familiar… 9/11 anyone?)  If you value truth at all, take half an hour of your time and watch the Sandy Hook Truth video.  And if that horrifies and angers you, check out the website.  But whether you believe the theories or not, you cannot deny that Obama got just what he wanted out of this tragedy.

The new gun control plan is comprised of four basic steps:

1.  Background checks to prevent criminals and other untrustworthy people from owning guns.
2.  Ban assault rifles and limit ammo magazines to 10 rounds.  Also strengthen gun control by giving police and government official more power to enforce gun control laws.
3.  Make schools safer by increasing the number of police on school grounds and bolstering security.
4.  Improve mental health services.

CNN’s article goes into more detail on the specifics of each step, which really are just common sense objectives that should have been in place all along.  While I do believe that this is just the prologue to Gun Prohibition, I really can’t object to any parts of this plan as they’re described (though I’ll bet all those “executive powers” mentioned turn into “dictator powers” sooner or later).  Guns should not be in the hands of convicted murderers, and even the most upstanding citizen has absolutely no need for an assault rifle.  The only thing that saddens me is that this is only the beginning.  So long, Bill of Rights, it was nice knowing you.


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