I confess to feeling a bit frosty and hostile towards the latest push for gun control. Gun control for whom, against whom and by whom?
“We have got to do SOMETHING!” Yeah? Like you did with Obamacare where Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, said, “But we have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it, away from the fog of controversy.”
In the rush to do SOMETHING, the advocates for new regulation regarding gun control bypass facts and statistics and analysis and go straight for emotional hysteria. Vice President Biden proclaimed that all I needed as a woman was a shotgun with two shells, advice he gave his wife, Jilly.
Washington State has three proposals, one of which authorized the Sheriff to enter our homes without notice or warrant and inspect how we store our weapons – now revised due to outcry against the 2nd and 4th Amendments of the United States Constitution, much less Washington State’s Constitution. The HB 5737 sponsors were shocked to discover that had been included. And, I was shocked to discover that my gun, a Springfield Armory XD 9mm semi-automatic will qualify as an assault weapon. I bought that gun after months of research, weapons training and careful consideration of my needs. The XD comes with two magazines allowing for 16 rounds of ammunition. Why did I think this was the best of all my options, especially after every man told me all I needed was the shotgun – the cocking of which would be enough to scare off any intruder? By the way, here is what the sound of a shotgun being cocked and loaded and fired sounds like; and here’s what a revolver sounds like; and here’s what a semi-automatic sounds like.
- I’m 5’2 and weigh 95 lbs on a good day;
- I live in an apartment – the design layout prohibits using a shotgun safely, not to mention the length in tight spaces, and the possibility that an attacker could disarm me by taking it away from me;
- Every police officer and gun instructor told me that I needed to be prepared to fire at least three times into one attacker to ensure the attacker went down – unlike the movies, people keep moving after being shot and 10- 20 feet takes seconds;
- The likelihood of firing accurately under stress drops dramatically from a shooting range practice. Witness how many bullets police officers expend during an actual shooting.
- The Springfield Armory XD 9 mm can be seen here and I chose it specifically because I did best with that weapon. I spent many hours test-firing various styles and, like Goldilocks, they were too heavy, too big for my hand, too small to get the job done, too much recoil, etc.
Exactly what are we trying to solve by new gun control laws and regulations?
Mass shootings? Here’s the Top 10 Myths About Mass Shootings, and right at the top, mass shootings are not on the rise (reporting on it is) and are not done spontaneously ~ generally a lot of thinking and planning went into it.
Making our children safe? Right. The children we have left after Roe v. Wade, and 55 million abortions later, but don’t feel bad, we are all going to be paying for birth control and health insurance for abortion, as well as pregnancies. So let me get this straight. We can kill them in the womb, but not once they are out and about and walking. Got it. How well have we done on The War on Poverty? The War on Drugs? Really? And how much money have we spent on those wars? Well, fine. We’ll solve it by making gun owners buy liability insurance. Surely, that is fair. Really? An excellent analysis by Megan McCardle shows the hazards of that type of thinking.
The solution of having armed guards on school grounds is considered abhorrent. Why? The time lag between the beginning of a shooting, the 911 call and police response works for the shooter not against.
Alright then, universal background checks. What about that. What about it? What will it do to prevent future shootings? A background check is to be sure someone does not have a felony record and is required when buying from a gun dealer or retail store.
Potential gun owners must submit to a federal background check. The Gun Control Act of 1968 prohibits certain people from obtaining firearms. A background check for gun purchases, which Congress instituted in the form of the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of 1994, shows whether an individual is in one of the prohibited groups.
The groups named, in case you didn’t follow the link, are:
No person under indictment or convicted in any court for a crime punishable by a prison term longer than one year may buy a firearm. Also prohibited are fugitives of the law and unlawful users of any controlled substance. The Gun Control Act also prohibits a person who is subject to a court order restraining him from “harassing, stalking or threatening an intimate partner or child of the intimate partner; or who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.” All of these criminal charges would show up in a background check before a gun purchase.
The background check also checks for citizenship status. No illegal aliens may purchase firearms. Neither can anyone who has renounced their United States citizenship.
People who have been judged by the court system as being mentally incompetent and those who have been committed to a mental institution may not buy a gun. The background check also identifies military personnel as prohibited from purchasing firearms if they received a dishonorable discharge.
Well, I feel better. Those are the exactly the type of people who will follow the law, right?
Sigh. I understand the desire and need to respond to the Newtown Massacre. Would any of these suggestions prevent that scenario from happening again? No. No, it wouldn’t. I feel safer when I am responsible for my safety and can do something about it. Can you guarantee me that with the passage of these laws and regulations I will be safe? Really? Then you had better work on tort reform because the trial attorneys are going to have a bonanza field day, much less my attorney.
The only amendment that protects the rest is the Second.