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Re: “Common Sense Gun Laws”

Posted by V the K at 10:30 am - April 9, 2018.
Filed under: Gun Control

Airstrip One 1920: In the interest of public safety, all firearm owners must be licensed.

Airstrip One 1937 – Personal defence is no longer a valid reason for a firearms license. “Firearms cannot be regarded as a suitable means of protection and may be a source of danger” (Which I believe is the IngSoc equivalent of “No one needs an AR-15.”)

Airstrip One 1968 – All rifles and pistols must be registered with the Government in the interest of public safety.

Airstrip One 1988 – For the good of public safety, semi-automatic rifles are banned. Shotguns must be registered.

Airstrip One 1997 – Thank you for registering your guns. Now turn them in or go to prison, for the good of public safety.

Airstrip One 2018 – Knife violence is out of control. “No excuses: there is never a reason to carry a knife. Anyone who does will be caught, and they will feel the full force of the law.”

I am told the slippery slope is a fallacy, but damb if it doesn’t look like our British cousins slid right down one.

So, what’s next? Outlaw hammers and bottles? Outlaw sharp pointy sticks? Outlaw rocks? Outlaw weightlifting because big strong men are intimidating?

Note to leftists; this is why no one believes you when you claim you don’t want to confiscate guns.

P.S. With London’s crime rate now exceeding New York City’s, the Metropolitan Police Department is tasking nearly 1,000 officers to investigate people who make politically incorrect comments in social media.

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11 Comments

  1. Most of The Gheys are too-young or too-addled to remember the truly Dark Days of the Gay Plague years. And even the angry plays of Tony Kushner don’t capture the existential angst unless you were there and experienced the subtext and the context of his cri de coeur. I’ve long ago forgiven him his acts of hubris and the overt hypocrisy of ACT-UP* which did good in unexpected ways.

    Too many forget when AIDS=DEATH was a anticipatory-fact, not a marketing slogan.

    And they conveniently have forgotten that 6-month period where the specter of mandatory-testing and that midnight knock-on-the-door was a serious future for many in their present prattle about the 2nd Amendment, “the camps”, and shallow (national) socialist activism. They missed-out on the covert inquiries about political refugee-status and emigration to Canada, Australia or New Zealand. …Those first tentative visits to the local gun shop while visiting the ‘Rents.

    That said, …Git’ off my lawn!

    [A deliberate double-post]

    The Slippery Slope often leads to a Fatal Tumble.

    And in many American States we’re already slid half-way to the yawning Abyss; gun-free zones, rights nullification disguised as background checks and purchase restrictions, attacks on the right of self-defense and the castle doctrine.

    As it says in the song;
    ” …Arm yourself because no-one else here will save you.
    The odds will betray you

    Comment by Ted B. (Charging Rhino) — April 9, 2018 @ 11:25 am - April 9, 2018

  2. The founding fathers believed that self-interest was at the heart of “human nature” and that governments are instituted among men to bring order and the rule of law to the public square where self-interest is played out.

    Then along came Woodrow Wilson and the Wilsonian Progressivism which tosses out the human nature and self-interest aspects that guided the founding fathers. The Wilsonian Progressivism proclaimed that “historical evolution” had replaced self-interest with a foundational and unifying public understanding that the state is “beneficent and indispensable.”

    The nanny state understands the needs of the people and attends to them. Wilsonian Progressivism places the presidency (Article II) ahead of the legislature (Article I) and assigns the general welfare to a huge executive bureaucracy.

    Wilsonian Progressivism has Congress writing the general law with the details being worked out by the professional administrative experts in the executive bureaucracy.

    Policymaking in Washington today is the bastard child of Wilsonian Progressivism. Congress now gives huge amounts of legislative authority to administrative agencies which does not bring Congress closer to the people. It insulates Congress from the people. Congress has abdicated its authority to the faceless, political and special interests of the executive bureaucracy.

    All this is to make the case that for Wilsonian Progressivism, the 2nd Amendment is meaningless. We have “evolved” ourselves above the need for guns and the stilted concepts of human nature and self-interest are both deficient and arcane artifacts of a less enlightened time.

    Woodrow Wilson proudly sat Louis D. Brandeis on the Supreme Court. That Progressive gave us this: “What are the American ideals? They are the development of the individual for his own and the common good; the development of the individual through liberty; and the attainment of the common good through democracy and social justice.”

    The experts in the administrative bureaucracy and the courts are united in the “battle” for social justice.

    Until Congress is cut back to its Constitutional duties by gutting and starving the administrative bureaucracy, social justice will continue to overwhelm basic rights.

    Our politicians and our intellectual class in academia have all ingested the Progressive Kool-Aid in which the government and the purpose of government is to lead the society in a constant progression toward social justice.

    “….and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

    Comment by Heliotrope — April 9, 2018 @ 5:14 pm - April 9, 2018

  3. The bottom line is that all the laws in the world cannot protect people from the degenerate culture.

    The British welfare state gutted society’s sense of responsibility and decency (Mark Steyn and Theodore Dalrymple have written extensively on this) and now they’ve stirred in a healthy mixture of incompatible cultures and, voila, violent crime – and lots of it. Sure, they have less gun crime but thugs always find something (knives, drain cleaner – whatever falls to hand).

    We see it in this country in certain “communities” where the problem isn’t guns, it’s the fraction of people living in them that think killing someone is a proper solution to most problems.

    As they say, you can’t legislate morality to amoral people.

    Comment by KCRob — April 9, 2018 @ 6:24 pm - April 9, 2018

  4. And in many American States we’re already slid half-way to the yawning Abyss; gun-free zones, rights nullification disguised as background checks and purchase restrictions, attacks on the right of self-defense and the castle doctrine.

    True dat, but mostly in the Eastern US and the Left Coast. In many states in the interior West, begrudging adherence to Federal law is the only restriction and open carry means just that. So if ever you feel a bit too suffocated by your state and local government, heed the ancient call of Horace Greeley and “Go West, young man.” (You can even live in his namesake community with most of the freedoms, though not as many as those in communities 75 miles north.) Just don’t go too far west…

    Comment by RSG — April 9, 2018 @ 9:53 pm - April 9, 2018

  5. Christians, Jews, Hindus, atheists, and other non-Muslims in the UK may feel the full force of the law if they get caught with butter knives, but I suspect that Mohammed, Omar, and Abdul will be able to carry scimitars and daggers. And if you call the police to report them, you will be arrested for Islamophobic hate speech.

    We already have over 20,000 federal, state, and local “common sense” gun control laws in the US. But the Left will not allow them to be enforced. Criminals (like Patrick Purdey), terrorists (Nidal Hasan), and mentally ill people (Nikolas Cruz) can slip through the cracks and pass a background check (which the law already requires, BTW) because red flags were ignored, felonies were plea bargained down to misdemeanors, or charges were dropped outright. Then, after a shooting spree or terrorist attack, the leftists demand even more anti-gun laws. The old ones “did not go far enough.”

    And how are the Brits going to cut their food now?

    Comment by Tom — April 9, 2018 @ 10:45 pm - April 9, 2018

  6. Britons awake!
    The Empire too
    We can depend on you.
    Freedom remains
    These are the chains
    Nothing can break.
    There’ll always be an England
    And England shall be free..

    Doubleplusungood Thoughtcrime.

    Comment by Ted Bunker (Charging Rhino) — April 10, 2018 @ 2:49 am - April 10, 2018

  7. My Prediction: within 5 years, both Boulder, CO. & Deerfield, Il. will ban knives.
    These “gun control” people are the new Chicken Littles: “We got to do something!” “We got to do something!”

    Comment by Jec — April 10, 2018 @ 8:51 am - April 10, 2018

  8. The role of government is to increase the dangers all around and then dump money into “fixing it” by expanding government jobs. (Crime is also good for large corporations. Insurance rates go up, even as payouts are minuscule… unless you own a skyscraper before it gets hit by a plane. Funny how clairvoyant some people are.)

    Comment by RGB — April 10, 2018 @ 10:34 am - April 10, 2018

  9. Slippery meet Slope

    Comment by TnnsNe1 — April 10, 2018 @ 3:54 pm - April 10, 2018

  10. When looking at gun rights:

    I support the right of US adults to own guns, + carry them for self defense.

    One reason being- if one or more, tall + strong 19-year-old man wants to threaten someone with death, or a vicious physical assault-

    Giving- elderly people, people over 30, 5-foot-tall women, political minorities, + other people, guns to defend themselves from such a person, is a good way to defend these people.

    Comment by TR — April 12, 2018 @ 12:13 am - April 12, 2018

  11. In some areas of the UK, beer is only served in plastic cups to prevent “glassings.”

    Comment by Manual Paleologos — April 19, 2018 @ 12:06 pm - April 19, 2018

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