Tuesday, June 18, 2013
No Silver Bullet For Gun Control
There are many reasons why America can't seem to shed its love hate relationship with guns. Part of it has to do with living in denial of what kind of society we are.
The term "Weekend Warrior" screams to the front of my mind.
Or so he'd like to think. And in a country where free thought is deliciously rampant, what we think we are is as real as it gets.
Unfortunately when men have fun, something in their DNA requires that they must shoot something.
An ingrained commercially promoted, legally entitled, traditionally and socially endorsed culture of fun gun ownership isn't going to go away with the stroke of a limp wristed panty waisted politician.
To reform gun control requires an honest understanding of the reality of the current 3 problems with guns.
One problem is that mentally unstable white people are shooting up daycares and movie theaters. Certainly this problem needs to be addressed.
The third problem is that the current gun registration policy has too many problems and loopholes in it, and doesn't address the reality of the second amendment.
The interpretation of the 2nd amendment is ironically impeding reform in two specific areas. First, what a "well regulated militia" means, and secondly what "infringement" means.
The infringement part of the amendment is actually the stickiest part, and usually where the questions about the original intentions of the framers comes in. If you subscribe to the notion that the framers wanted a government that was kept in check by well armed citizens, you are so far behind the curve, that you have lost any argument here. Because the current government has far more firepower than the average citizen could ever hope to have, to use to scare the government back into serving the people instead of itself. You must concede that you've lost that argument.
So you don't need to own a gun to overthrow your tyrannical government. When the time comes for it you and your neighbor Bob from down the street will simply take over the nearest National Guard armory and get whatever you need. Whatever it takes.
So what's the problem with registration? Nothing really. Those of us that want them, can get guns. But mostly we don't need them. I'll talk about the kind of reform that gun registration needs later.
Almost all diagnosed mentally unstable people however, are under the care of good psychiatrists and therapists, who have a very accurate record of anyone who might be a threat to themselves and others. What reform could do, is require that all patients deemed in the slightest to be even the remotest potential threat, such as schizophrenia, or paranoia, or other mental instability diagnoses, must require a family guardian to affidavit whether the patient has access to guns. If they do a simple cop visit to the home needs to be made, to ensure that the relatives' guns are secured from easy access, with locks, in safes and other precautions to make sure they cannot be easily obtained by the family member under treatment.
This will only cost money. As will gun buy backs. As will closing registration loopholes.
In a weekday Charles, weekend Chuck society, with the reasonably necessary second amendment, you cannot, and possibly should not consider getting rid of all the guns. However by accepting the truths about the issue and agreeing to take the citizen's (not hobbyist) responsibility for it, you can get somewhere in between, reasonable gun enthusiasm, and a generally acceptable level public safety.