Another school shooting and the hue and cry for more gun laws. Lets not deal with the whys, just the how. This is not to demean the horror of a school shooting, but it is about not making us all guilty because of a few. I keep hearing how we shouldn’t judge all undocumented aliens by the actions of a few, but those same people DO judge all gun owners by the actions of a few.
and with a conservative pro gun president in office, it is likely that we won’t see any action on this subject on the large stage. BUT we will see it on the State Level.
Almost every state now has a local organization that works on the State level as the NRA works on the national level. And these groups need all our support, even if it is just as a voice to remind our state representatives how we feel. Bloomberg is throwing money around, offering support to local elected officials who push his agenda. Last year they were offering $15M towards election campaigns of people who got gun regulations through here in AZ.
This year, as the legislation session begins, we already have one proposal on the floor for making all gun transfers through an FFL (no more buying your kid a 10-22 to get them started), AND making mental competency a requirement. Who and how that is to be determined remains to be seen (and again, am not FOR people who can’t control themselves being armed), but his first step is if you’ve bought a gun within the last 6 months! Buying multiple guns is a sign of mental incompetence!!!???!!! A lot of us would have to be carted off to the loony bin then! BUT to enforce that, it means keeping records of who is buying what. IE, gun registration of some sort.
The NRA is not getting involved at this level, nor is the Second Amendment foundation. This is strictly a grass roots type action.
Our state has been bleeding red for the last 6 years or so. We’ve gone from private funding of a border fence, to municipalities talking of black listing construction companies from city bids that take part in building the wall! From having our governor go head to head with the President over SB 1040, a state law regarding deporting illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities.
On a personal note, I see all our amendment rights being eroded at a dangerous speed. The second amendment is about physical property so it becomes a rallying point and is obvious. But we have already reached a point where freedom of speech is being shouted down and banned, depending on who you are and what you want to say. Where religion and national pride are derided. There is a natural evolution that we cannot, nor should not, stop. But there are limits that we need to define, not just as a nation, but as our own personal borders.
The last couple of years has seen my person borders get firmer, while limiting who I let cross those borders. probably, many of you have seen the same.