I was just thinking about the probable extension of the so-called assault weapons ban and was wondering if there wasn't something good that we could get out of it. Here is the situation as I see it. Bush will probably extend the ban because it would be political suicide in an election year not to do so. The supposed reason for the ban as put forth by the anti gunners is, in broad terms, public safety. Why don't we take them at their word and accecpt the renewal of the ban, grudgingly of course, but only after we insist on a few new clauses--just to make the nation safer of course. For example, what about a clause that states clearly that local or state laws cannot override the second ammendment. That would mean no state or local laws like Kalifornia and Taxachusetts, or bans on things like folding stocks as in Cleveland or merely owning high capicity magazines as in Cincinnati. This way everyone knows the rules, they are clear and eazy to follow. Another clause we could insist they add to make the nation safer would be another amnesty for NFA weapons. This clearly is a safety issue--wouldn't the anti's rather know what is out there than not know and wouldn't there be a few people who would be happy for another amnesty? And then what about a clasue that would allow interstate transportation of an inherited collection of firearms. As it stands now it is almost impossible for an individual to retrieve a collection left to him or her from some states. They end up going through a dealer, often at great expense. In the name of safety of course, there could be some provision for the CLEO in the new owners jurisdiction to be notified or some such thing. Finally, what about a provision that would allow anyone who legally owns a firearm (long gun or hand gun) to send it to a licensed dealer, gunsmith or manufacturer through the mail. It's clearly safer to permit it and control it than to make it illeagle and have people try to get around it. See, I'm just concerned about all our safety. Well, it's all just a thought. Just a hope that maybe we could get something out of what otherwise appears to be the inevitable. Your thoughts?
The way politics work in Congress, when it comes back up for renewal, all sorts of baggage will likely be tacked on it from various parties - such as a requirement that all chickens have their nose hairs plucked twice per month.
Now this may be a good thing; with enough baggage tacked on, it will never pass.
Well, if it is political suicide for Bush, then who the hell will we vote for in 2004? If Bush does renew, then conservatives better come up with a good replacement fast. I definitely will not vote for any of the primary candidates I'm seeing so far. Especially not a national level Democrat.
I agree with outdoorsman260. It is political suicide for Bush to support renewal of the ban. He's attempting to throw a bone to the Democrats, and it's going to end up costing him a second term. We gun owners need to send a clear message that you don't barter our rights for political gain.
OK, here is a thought. Let's _really_ do something for the safety of Americans.
Using the same criteria and scientific studies which were used to pass the "It's a Crime, Bill," let's add a clause that _anything_ proved as or more unsafe than firearms be also banned. Now there is a case of unintended consequences waiting to happen.
No more 5-gallon buckets? No swimming pools? Of course,,,,no cars.
I'm right there with you regarding the lack of support from the Bush administration. The basic problem is, as you have pointed out, the Rep. Party knows that we have no where else to go. Yes, we could vote Libertarian, but in a presidential race there is no realistic hope for a third party candidate right now. The real question is whether we are just going to complain and gripe or be clever enough to get something positive out of this. Politics can be defined as the search for power, and if we can get something that we want from an otherwise bad situation, then we have gained at least some power. So the questions are: 1. do we simply complain about being sold out or taken for granted again or do we conceive a strategy that gets us something, and 2. if we're going to put forward a strategy that will get something, how do we go about it--letters to sympathetic members of congress? NRA? other?
Thanks again folks. I sure would like to hear some more comments and creative ideas from you folks that may be able to turn out something from a bad situation.