Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Will Movement For More Gun Control Result In Less Gun Laws In the End

I was twittering with Grant Gallicho who is an  associate editor of Commonweal magazine, about the background that led the Louisiana voters to approve this rather significant gun rights amendment this past fall.

I have been thinking on this but the last few years has led to flurry of gun rights legislation in the State of Louisiana. They include being able to carry a gun Church  and  having a Louisiana lets celebrate the 2nd Amendment sales tax holiday each year . These laws and others led to the vote this past fall where Louisiana residents now has the strongest protection of gun rights in the nation perhaps enshrined in their governing document.

However the question is what started this train of pro gun rights bills ? I think most observers of the scene would reference perhaps  a huge misstep by the Government. That was the seizure of guns from New Orleans residents during Katrina .

The reaction to many Louisiana  citizens was just pure astonishment , and I am pretty convinced that event led to the laws and amendments I cite above.

It appears we are going to have another gun control conversation. ABC news was in full gun control mode tonight. The social media is all abuzz too.

Gun control proponents need to be wary. Many proposals that I am hearing don't seem to be that narrowly tailored to fight a specific problem. It's probably true that to some extent New Yorkers  are from Mars and residents of some other States are from Venus. Seizing weapons might in lets say from a New Yorker point of view be very sensible in wake of a hurricane like New Orleans. However  as we see others did hold that viewpoint .

If proposed gun control laws are not narrowly tailored I think you can expect a lot of communities to react by enacting very pro gun rights legislation.

The whole net result of this Congress must do something movement might be far less gun control in the end not more.


Andy said...

The most painful thing to me is listening to pundits (both left and right) on tv talk about guns with about as much familiarity as I have with Mayan finger painting.

I've heard that "common sense" gun control means 1) "banning automatic weapons" which I can only assume means fully-automatic, without apparently knowing that none of the gun massacres in the past 50 years have been with a fully automatic weapon and that they are already, essentially "banned"; 2) reference to Joe Manchin going hunting with only 3 "clips in his gun", whatever that means; 3) re-enacting the assault weapons ban without realizing "assault weapons" (a truly amorphous word) have been banned in Connecticut for the past 20 years and since the gun in question was legally purchased within the past 20 years in Connecticut it was not an "assault weapon" by definition; etc

I am also not looking forward to Feinstein's inevitable floor speech about how she was there when Moscone and Milk were assassinated and therefore we need to ban "assault weapons" despite those assassinations occurred with a revolver.

All that being said, I'm hopeful some sort of regulation can be enacted to prevent mentally deranged people from buying firearms, I just dread the terrible rhetoric and ignorant media coverage of the debate.

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