About those ‘common sense’ gun control ideas


A recent letter published in The Citizen argued for a lot of the usual left-wing gun control measures to curtail mass shootings. I apologize for the length of this response, but there is so much in the letter that I disagree with that I haven’t been able to keep this brief. The author throws out rather vague ideas which may sound reasonable, but as is usually the case, “the devil is in the details.”

The author argues that we should “Enact common sense gun control measures that 90% of Americans want.” I’m not sure where she got her 90% figure, but there is a big divide among citizens in this country over what would reflect common sense here.

One side wants to disarm law abiding citizens while the other thinks we should enforce existing gun laws just for one example. Do you think Democrats would agree to support “common sense border security measures”? What? C’mon, they’re common sense.

The author says we should ban “assault weapons.” First, there is no universal definition of an assault weapon. In the 1990s Congress passed and President Bill Clinton signed an assault weapons ban, which has since expired. Statisticians disagree over whether the law had any affect on crime at all. The law defined assault weapons in a pretty arbitrary way, including purely cosmetic differences.

The author claims, “There is literally no reason for a non-police individual to have these weapons of war that are only designed for killing many people.” Since we don’t know what she is referring to as an “assault weapon” it’s difficult to figure out how she makes this claim.

Some time ago a friend made a similar statement, and when I asked a couple of questions to try to understand her position, I quickly found out that she didn’t know that automatic weapons (i.e., machine guns) are already essentially illegal.

When I mentioned semi-automatic weapons, she asked me, “What does semi-automatic mean?”

I fear the author has a similar level of understanding of guns. And just for the record, the dreaded AR-15 is not a “weapon of war.”

If two or three bad guys are breaking into your house and you are forced to defend yourself, you’ll probably find that, unlike in the movies, you might not hit your target with every shot. Under that type of stress, most people aren’t very accurate. And, again unlike in the movies, if you hit your target, one shot may not stop them. So, if you’re left with a gun that only holds 6 rounds (or less, perhaps we’re only allowed one bullet, after all it worked for Barney Fife), good luck.

Next we have the recommendation that we “Enact ‘red flag’ initiatives and laws that allow the identification of individuals who may be prone to one of the aforementioned three reasons for domestic terrorism.”

Democrats tell us that we can’t have voter ID requirements because government will, through either incompetence or malice (or both) deprive people of their right to vote. But let’s give government the power to strip you of your Constitutional and natural right to self-defense because you’ve been “identified as someone who may be prone.”

Of course, no one would ever abuse this type of law – no ex-spouse, ex-boyfriend or ex-girlfriend, disgruntled former employee, neighbor who can’t tolerate your political views (ask Rand Paul about that). And, of course no government employee would ever abuse this type of power like Lois Lerner did or the FBI did to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Just to give you an idea of how this can go wrong, take the case of Carol Bowne, a New Jersey woman who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend while waiting for a gun permit. Oh, I forgot to mention that she applied for the permit six weeks before she was murdered.

I don’t know if this is a case of simple incompetence or if the Democrat-run state intentionally drags these things out, but she already had a restraining order against the ex-boyfriend and she had no criminal record or other “red flag.”

John Stossel detailed a similar experience in New York, despite meeting all the criteria to get a permit, the city managed to keep putting him off. I don’t remember if he ever did get a permit.

I’d also note that is cruelly ironic for Democrats to propose “red flag” initiatives when they are the source of so much PC pressure that causes people to keep quiet when they see something suspicious. The Parkland school shooting may have been avoided were it not for Obama administration “guidelines” that warned schools not to discipline non-white students.

Further irony, the author admonishes us to “stop the rhetoric that fuels racism and hate and incites those exhibiting ideological extremism to act” – this from the political side that calls its political opponents Nazis and inspires political violence that it will not condemn.

This paragraph is quite a doozy: “Give federal and state law enforcement agencies more power in enforcing laws on domestic terrorism and make it a priority. Ideological extremism should be identified and named and such cases should open greater avenues for both investigation and punishment as the hate crimes and domestic terrorism they are.”

I’m not sure what this really refers to, but it sounds like a shot at undermining the First Amendment, too. Just FYI, “1984” was not supposed to be a “How To” guide.

Other than that …

Steve Metz

Peachtree City, Ga.


  1. Isn’t it fascinating that Gun Nuts and hunting advocates have no problem at all with the various game regulations that are enforced so that wildlife can have a fighting chance to survive? Depending on the area one lives there are all manner of rules on whether one can hunt with a semi-automatic, the number of shells that are permitted to be in the magazine, or the kind of ammunition that is used. Yet, when it comes to humans, these same people essentially say – “Too bad, sooo sad.” Gun Nuts want no compromise. None what-so-ever. They want to own any kind of firearm that is made, no matter the consequences it may bring. To hell with our fellow humans! I’s needs ma gunz! I’s gots to haves ma gunz! I’s needs ma gunz fer pretection! When further pressed they bring up the same tired line of “being able to protect ones self from a tyrannical government.” Yeah, okay. I can guarantee you that your current weapons would be of little help if the government or police wanted to come get you, right now. Lastly “ramrodd”, God never specifically gave us the right to own guns – our government did and don’t you forget it.

    • This Is the Number of Innocent People Murdered by Governments. – Reason. com
      Let’s start with a number: 262 million. That’s the number of unarmed people the late Prof. R. J. Rummel estimated governments murdered in mass killings he termed “democide” during the 20th century. “This democide murdered 6 times more people than died in combat in all the foreign and internal wars of the century,” he wrote.

    • I am no Gun Nut. I have never raised my firearm(s) toward any human.
      I have, however, taken life. I Thank the animal spirit for sustenance.
      “To hell with our fellow humans!” is senseless conjecture (why argue this position with a liberal nut, IDK)
      it is dishonorable to others for YOU to demean those others when you hold plenty of flaws.
      EVIL EXISTS! If you had an attention span longer than yesterday, you could not espouse such a dreary worn out diatribe.
      Somebody named Cain did something to somebody named Abel.
      How would one prevent this?
      People (that think, hardly) like you strike people with objects because their brand condone even demand it.
      WE the people shrug off the ignorance YOU people embrace PUBLICLY as if you pridefully think the implications can survive. But turning the of the cheek will not always be yours to cower behind.
      Clearly, “living among morons” is self projection

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    Some of the common meme among the leftist gun grabbers. Buzzwords are key tool that are used. A buzzword that is commonly used in political circles. if you really start digging into what many of these politicians actually believe, you will find out that they actually support “common sense restrictions” on the 2nd Amendment. But it has always been obvious to people who actually think in any rational manner that that confiscation is the ultimate goal of all of all marxists.
    It’s why the “common sense solution” talk quickly gives way to broad denunciations of a “national gun culture”, of “white privilege”, of rural folk “clinging to their bibles and guns”, of American militarism and toxic masculinity, and of all the things for which guns are merely a symbol to the leftists who hate them. A cultural critique is very different than a common sense solution.
    Gun rights are not negotiable.. We really don’t need to have a conversation about our rights to keep and bear arms. They’re rights. There’s nothing to talk about.

    The 2nd Amend is a RESTRICTIVE admendment. It states such in the Preamble to Bill of Rights. the 2A does not grant nor convey any right, but RESTRICTS and PROHIBITS the government from infringing upon this enumerated, pre-existing, God given right.

    • Read the entire 2nd Amendment. It only gives active militia members the right to bear arms for their militia duties. The activist Scalia Supreme Court invented the right out of thin air for any American to own a gun for any reason in Heller. It is amazing how constructionists care about every word written by our founders until it comes to expanding gun rights or speech rights of corporations, ideas that would be foreign to any of the authors of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

      • The 2nd Amend is a RESTRICTIVE admendment. It states such in the Preamble to Bill of Rights. the 2A does not grant nor convey any right, but RESTRICTS and PROHIBITS the government from infringing upon this enumerated, pre-existing, God given right.
        Our rights, written BEFORE the Constitution, are unalienable and are endowed from our CREATOR – not our legislators, not our government and certainly not from the United Nations and their attempt at gaining control.

          • Throughout historical accounts of victor and victim, Sir. There is no splitting of hairs, in word or deed.
            You realize, in the absorption of human activity, there are those who make and those who take; you are a taker, this is obvious.
            Should every firearm be discharged then the worlds lands would covered by ammo jackets. But before you dive into imperatives, let’s consider your God knowledge: you aren’t really faithful, are you? How then would you know the Word of God (or for you, Fod)?
            I digress. Documents are written. Inspiration is eternal.

      • The purpose of the 2nd Amendment is to ensure that the STATES have an armed & trained citizenry (the Militia) which can be used, when push comes to shove, to defend the STATES from the federal gov’t and from the federal gov’ts disastrous policies [e.g. unrestricted immigration]. See, e.g., Federalist No. 46 (James Madison).
        States no longer have a Militia. With the Dick Act of 1903, the States surrendered the Militia (over which they had control) and allowed it to be federalized – put under federal control. The States’ “national guard” are merely adjuncts of the federal military.
        The States did it for the money. Yes, they got federal funds for allowing the federal gov’t to take over their State Militia.
        It is your State governments which sold you down the river