Jewish World Review June 3, 1999 /19 Sivan 5759
Don't think, just vote
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WHEN POLITICIANS tell you not to ask questions, demand evidence or weigh
opposing views, but to just shut up and let us pass this legislation --
because, hey, we've got an emergency here -- you should start sweating
bullets, especially when the issue is gun control.
Having successfully stampeded Senate Republicans, Democrats are furious
that they couldn't get a House vote on their newest gun-control numbskullery
House Minority Leader Richard Gephardt told his colleagues school shootings
in Colorado and Georgia have created a "national crisis." "And we need to
treat it that way and move on."
Vice President Al Gore urged House members to go beyond the Senate bill,
which regulates private sales at gun shows and mandates safety locks on
handguns. Gore pushed the president's plan to limit handgun sales to one a
Why not similar restraints on the exercise of other constitutional rights?
Perhaps individuals should only be allowed to express controversial views
once a month? Maybe officeholders should ration their harebrained proposals
in similar fashion.
If once-a-month is good, wouldn't once-a-year be even better? How about a
Congressional Republicans are running for cover, while Democrats chant:
"Vote now! We must act before the evil gun lobby mobilizes its forces."
God forbid Congress should actually hold hearings on proposals to limit a
basic right. Inconceivable that the nation's 60 million gun-owners should be
Democrats are demanding a vote in an atmosphere of hysteria for a very good
reason -- their cause is driven by pure emotion. It will not stand up to
Take gun shows, those dens of iniquity. (Law professor David Kopel says
liberals regard gun shows the way Marxists view the New York Stock
The Senate voted to require background checks on private sales at shows.
But over 60 percent of dealers there have federal firearms licenses and thus
are already required to screen potential purchasers.
According to a justice department study, gun shows account for less than 2
percent of the firearms used in crimes, compared to the 25 percent that come
from retail stores.
If a widow who wants to dispose of half a dozen rifles in her late
husband's collection is required to do background checks when she sets up a
table at a show, shouldn't she have to follow the same procedure if she
sells through a newspaper ad?
And how will we know if she's complied if her guns aren't registered? And
wouldn't registration give us a handy list when confiscation time rolls
The case for safety locks is even less compelling.
Since 1930, the number of firearms owned by Americans quadrupled while
accidental firearm deaths declined 62 percent. Nationally, firearms account
for 1.2 percent of accidential fatalities, compared to poisoning (10
percent), drowning (4 percent) and choking on an ingested object (3
Are Democrats suggesting that teens bent on massacre, who can build bombs,
but can't figure out how to saw through a lock?
If you force a gun lock on someone who doesn't want it, how will you know
that he actually uses it? Have a cop follow him home? Perhaps owners should
be required to store their arms at gun clubs, in underground vaults,
controlled by time locks? Keeping them in central locations would also
Hunters and collectors should store their firearms securely. But someone
living in a high-crime area, whose life may depend on quick access to a
pistol, can't call a time out while he unlocks and loads his .38.
Armed citizens dispatch 3,000 criminals a year, more than three times the
number killed by police. According to a study by the National Center for
Policy Analysis, only one-fifth of violent-crime victims who defended
themselves with a firearm were injured, compared to half who were unarmed.
Gephardt, Gore and their lynch party would increase the odds -- in favor of
Liberals are forever trying to close "loopholes" in the nation's gun laws.
But it's the loopholes that allow the exercise, albeit increasingly
circumscribed, of the fundamental right to self-defense.
Each new restriction (which won't reduce crime anyway -- they never do)
acclimates the woolly nation to the idea that guns are inherently evil and
brings us one step closer to the ultimate goal -- ending private ownership.
The Second Amendment? Well, don't think about that
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