I am, too. The federal government most likely does not have the constitutional authority to pass the measures you want. There has been some dancing around the limitations on the federal government’s authority, however, those have not faced a serious constitutional challenge by the states. Extending the federal government’s reach into private transactions that are legal under state law is very likely to fail a serious challenge

There is a fundamental dishonesty in the state-to-state trafficking argument. First, it’s already prohibited and has been since the Gun Control Act of 1968 became effective in October of that year. Second, and more important, is that the traffic wouldn’t exist without the demand. If the killer and the crime are in Chicago, it doesn’t really matter where the gun was first sold at retail. The gun wouldn’t be there if the killer didn’t want it. If you ever saw The Godfather, you know how that works. Remember the gun Al Pacino used to shoot the police chief? As long as there is demand, there will be suppliers. If you really want to address crime, that’s what you have to tackle.

What you want to do is address a systemic problem with quick-and-easy window-dressing. Maryland has strict gun laws but Baltimore set a new record for homicides last year. The nation’s capital doesn’t even have any gun shops but it has the highest homicide rate in the country.

Back in the days of Prohibition, gangsters would break into National Guard armories to steal guns like World War I Browning Automatic Rifles that were never even offered to the civilian market. A Tommy Gun cost $200 at a gun store but you could steal one for free.

I am all for shutting down gun stores that turn a blind eye to straw purchases and other shady sales. There was a gun store in the city in which I live that allowed what was reported to be a rather obvious straw purchase and the gun was later used to kill a police officer. The government didn’t shut them down. They’re still open and one of the largest gun stores in the city though I would never be a customer even if they were the only gun store in the city.

The government had two months to seize the Glock pistol sold to Dylann Roof. Kevin Neal, who went on a shooting spree in Rancho Tehama, California last November, had been ordered by a court in April to surrender all of his guns. His neighbors called the county sheriff’s officer several times complaining about gunshots coming his property and no one ever tried to take his guns. The FBI had two tips about Nikolas Cruz and never did anything with them.

I am all for keeping guns out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them but I am also all for respecting their civil rights to due process. If the government wants to strip a person of their right to have a gun, the government can darn well prove their cause and the person has every right to defend themselves.

By the way, I hate to tell you this but you don’t lose your license for speeding in every state. You may not even lose it for first-offense driving under the influence.

You can already lose your right to own a gun for certain types of negligence. Anything that’s a felony does the trick and manslaughter is a felony in every state in the union.

I think mandatory training is a good idea, but that’s the province of the states, not the federal government.

Registration is a non-starter for the reasons I have already described, including the fact it’s a waste of time because it won’t produce the results you imagine and could produce results you won’t like at all. There are already states with a prohibition on gun registration. Besides, it’s a case of closing the barn door not only after the horse has fled, but after that horse has shown up in another state.

You aren’t going to get what you want, even if progressives had the White House and supermajorities in the House and Senate. You aren’t going to get all 50 states to fall into line because they have different views on gun control.

It’s estimated there are at least 500,000 defensive gun uses every year. The CDC noted that outcomes for those with a gun were better than those that didn’t.

You have this wonderful vision of lives saved. Even one life saved makes it all worth it, right? How many lives are you willing to sacrifice for that one?

Professional writer. Passionately interested in facts. Founder of onewordtexas.org

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