I have been keeping one eye on the debate over Colorado’s proposed “gun control” laws and am simply disgusted with the level of discourse that has been taking place online. I am constantly appalled that the radical right feels empowered to make completely bogus claims and the so-called left pathetically compromises with their absurd positions. Our society contains a small but self-righteously vocal element that forces us to compromise with their childish, racist, ignorant and insecure would views – by merely entering the debate and being given a platform by the media in the name of ‘balance’ they pull the discussion rightward. Unfortunately, the left has had no such ability to do the same. I’d really like to see these people that the Tea-Baggers supposedly fear who want to take everyone’s guns away – because I’d like to vote for them.
In reality the proposed Colorado bills do 4 things:
1.) Limit ammunition capacity to 15 rounds per clip
2.) Expand background checks
3.) Make the gun owner pay the cost of his or her background check
4.) Prohibit people with a history of domestic violence from clearing a background check.
These changes are not major, and are almost laughably cosmetic. But to hear the rabid right and the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners association (a group that makes the NRA look like a bunch of hippies), these laws will overturn the Second Amendment or will result in the state legislature “taking their guns away”.
To the RMGO and your insane, illiterate, paranoid followers let me offer you an alternative view of gun control. Real gun control would look like the following 5-year plan:
Years 1-2: The manufacturing, importing, and sale of guns are banned, the government offers to buy guns and ammunition for $100 per gun and $5 per bullet.
Years 3-4: Gun ownership by private citizens is illegal, owning a gun will result in a $2000 fine and one month’s imprisonment.
Year 5 and beyond: Owning a gun remains illegal – penalties increase to $10,000 and 1 year in prison for firearm possession. Additionally any reports of gun ownership will result in the National Guard (the “well regulated militia” that is actually mentioned in the 2nd Amendment) being sent to your house to search for said weapons. If they find a working gun of any kind then you will get the bill for the cost of having sent them to your home in addition to the aforementioned penalties.
There – that is what REAL gun control would look like. Quite frankly, it is the kind of gun control I would actually like to see.
In comparison – the proposed Colorado laws only limit your gun to killing 15 people before you have to reload to kill 15 more.
So, to all of the paranoid freaks out there who are crying that your freedom is being taken away by a marginally more adequate background check system…Relax – it could be worse.