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Monday, January 11, 2016
Gun Control Legislation? Disarm Congress before Disarming Citizens!
Common sense tells us that they know, as we know, that dialing 911 sometimes doesn't get help fast enough to stay alive. What do you do while waiting for the police arrive, assuming that they may arrive? Turn on your laptop, start a Facebook group called "Down with Murderers," and see how many "likes" you get?
We’ve seen it all before, haven’t we? In 1964, when the Civil Rights Act made racial discrimination in hiring illegal, the bill was touted as good for the American people. Typically, the bill was written in such a way that it exempted Congress and the President from the provisions of the bill. In 2010, when Congress signed the deceptively misnamed Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, it was also touted as good for the American people. As usual, Congress and the teleprompter-reader-in-chief were exempted from the bill’s requirements.
Federal laws and regulations display the same double standards in many other areas. To give one example, when a military veteran applies for Social Security, the federal government will take nothing less than an original hard copy of the veteran's record, and it has to be certified by government bureaucrats who have physically seen and held the paper, photocopied it, and stamped it as a “true copy.” When Barry Soetoro was running for teleprompter-reader-in-chief in 2008, all he had to do was produce a computer-generated image resembling a birth certificate, which any amateur could have produced on Photoshop in just a few minutes. In fact, Barry's CGI'd certificate had so many flaws in it that it probably was produced by an amateur in a few minutes. (Link)
Gun control is no exception to the rule that Washington’s minions create for themselves exceptions to rules. Congressional sock puppets and the teleprompter-reader-in-chief are protected by swarms of well-armed men in uniform and in plainclothes, even as the usual suspects are arguing that the American people would be much safer from gun violence if they—that is, the American people—had no means of self-defense. The fly in the buttermilk is that American gun owners are hard to convince.
I propose that we take a lesson from the world of business and economics. Under a scheme called Free Economic Zones, some businesses can have higher taxes and more government regulation while businesses in certain zoned places can have lower taxes and less government regulation.
I propose that we try a similar scheme for the issue of gun control. (By the way, the term gun control, strictly speaking, is a misnomer. The issue has never been whether there should be gun control but who should control the guns. In my proposal below, I’m strongly pro-gun control in that I believe that guns should be controlled by as many non-governmental citizens as possible.) Here is my proposal:
With few exceptions, no one holding a federal job will be allowed the protection of firearms. That includes, but is not limited to, congressmen, Presidents (or whoever is filling that capacity at the time), Secret Service agents, the FBI, the CIA, TSA petty thieves and perverts, DHS, FEMA, White House guards, and government regulators. The sole exceptions to the requirements of this law will be active-duty military personnel during duty hours. Whenever a military serviceman leaves the base or is otherwise off-duty, he must leave his firearm in the base armory, except when he is in the war zone of a lawfully declared war. It will be illegal for a federal jobholder to enter a dwelling or other place that has a firearm; the consequences of this provision will apply both to the federal jobholder and to the homeowner who allows him/her to enter. Anyone violating this law will face a mandatory five years in prison. The provisions of this law will also apply to anyone who has contracted to work on behalf of the federal government.
Constitutionally authorized bearers of weapons (such as city policemen) will, however, be allowed to respond to 911 calls from a federal employee in the event of an emergency. Just in case the police don’t respond fast enough to save the federal employee’s life, pizza delivery personnel may be deputized and armed. Then, at least, help is guaranteed to arrive in less than fifteen minutes, and they can celebrate their rescue by having a pizza.
The goal of this proposed law is to make places occupied by federal employees as safe as other gun-free zones, such as schools, churches, and movie theaters.
People who are slow to catch on might argue that the President and members of Congress, for example, need to be surrounded with armed men as a means of protection against people who would wish to harm them. Well, excuse me, but that’s the same excuse that gun owners give for wanting to have guns. Obama, Pelosi, and others of their ilk shouldn’t be allowed to get away with that lame excuse.
Besides, haven’t you heard the ancient Roman proverb, “The love of the people is the king’s protection”? The ancient Romans had the idea that, if the love of the people wasn’t protection enough, the king didn’t deserve to live.
One of the founding principles of the American Republic is that the government should fear the people—not the other way around. The characters who demand firearms protection for themselves and for nobody else are as hypocritical as an undertaker trying to look sad at a million-dollar funeral.
But wait a minute. How does this argument square with the assassinations of President Kennedy, Senator Robert Kennedy, and Martin Luther King? Very well, thank you. If the CIA, the FBI, and LBJ had not had access to firearms, those three assassinations probably would not have happened.
Yeah, let’s try it—the sooner the better. As soon as the American people see how safe federal employees have become by living in gun-free zones, they won’t be able to get rid of their guns fast enough. During the 2008 presidential election, Obama famously sneered at the American people for “clinging to their guns and religion.” (Link)
Let’s see if Mr. Obama was right—or if America really was built on God, guns, and guts.
Posted by Paradigmaclast at 5:03 PM