On a recent editorial page, a writer asks: Why do they (gun owners) keep hiding behind the Second Amendment? The writer added that, when those words were written, our forefathers could not possibly have envisioned our world today.
Our forefathers weren’t morons. The Constitution was written as a living document to take into account advances in technology that the forefathers inevitably knew would occur. This doesn’t just apply to the Second Amendment; it applies to the First (Internet, TV, radio) and Fourth Amendments (telephonic search warrants) that exhibit technology that the forefathers couldn’t have conceived. His arguments are without merit.
He then compares firearms to automobiles and states we have laws governing the use of automobiles. We have them for firearms, also. He states that we license drivers and test them every four years, and should do the same for owners of firearms. The only test I’ve been given when renewing my driver’s license is an eye test, no written or practical exam. So maybe we ought to check everyone’s eyesight when they renew their carry permits or purchase a firearm.
He then states we need a strong national registration of all guns. No, we don’t. No matter how good it feels, registering honest gun owners doesn’t stop criminals, nor does it help police. Criminals won’t register their guns and the cost of registration far outweighs the benefits. That’s why the vast majority of police and sheriff’s departments are against it. Departmental budgets are tight enough without having to add more clerks and computer programs to keep up with a deluge of data.
Liberals, it seems, feel the government should register or regulate everything just to keep control. When government has that much control, free people are no longer free, as their liberties are restricted; they may as well be slaves. This form of “gun control” isn’t about guns; it’s about control, period. The writer mentioned other solutions that were so absurd, there is no need to justify them by mentioning them.
Lastly, our friend says: We need to work on mental health. On this point, I can agree. The current background check system for purchasing firearms has done a pretty good job in stopping felons and violent offenders from buying firearms; however, its effectiveness has been patchy with the mentally ill. Mentally disturbed persons are seldom entered into the database; they fall through the cracks, which creates a dangerous void in the effectiveness of the system.
The notion of national gun registration may feel good when it passes through one’s ears. However, it will not benefit law enforcement to the degree that will justify its implementation. In other words, it’s much ado about nothing and the first step in firearms confiscation.