Friday, February 27, 2009

Step One in the Effort to Limit Guns

Well, it's begun. We finally got our right to own assault weapons back thanks to President Bush in 2004 and now it looks like that's about to end. Perhaps the next step will be the banning of handguns or guns to the elderly.

President Obama is looking to reinstate the assault weapons ban, which could be seen as one step towards the limitation of private gun ownership. Unfortunately, it appears that these plans could easily go through Congress within the next year.

In the article, one of the defenses of this new policy is that it would reduce crime in Mexico. However, it stands to reason that the vast majority of assault weapons used by Mexican drug cartels are not bought legally. In addition, how many could come from the United States when it is entirely possible that they could get stockpiles of AK-47s from former Latin American hotspots like Colombia, El Salvador, and Nicaragua.

In addition, Americans on the southern border who are armed are better able to defend themselves if problems arise. In addition, if we actually got the southern border fence completed, we wouldn't have to worry as much about the Cartels.

In any case, the arming of a population is one of the greatest checks against tyranny. Stalin and Hitler both restricted gun ownership in some of their earliest acts. While I don't think that our government is doing this, it could be used as precedence fifty years from now to ban all firearms.

So if you were thinking about purchasing an AK or an AR-15, I'd say go do it today. Who knows when hunting rifles will be the next ban by an overzealous government.

So write your Congressmen and Senators and let them know that this is one step that we are not willing to take.

The Second Amendment is one of the most important portions of the Constitution. Maybe we should all remember that.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Owning an assault rifle is far more important than women's suffrage or freedom of speech