About the Episode
There’s no question in my mind that gun control, as it is currently defined, is wrong.//// It is a direct violation of our Second Amendment rights to prohibit anyone from obtaining and carrying a viable means of protection.
The Second Amendment and our belief in it have created some strong resistance to gun control. This has resulted in some attempts at “creative problem solving” from the executive branch.//// Since the legislation won’t pass, maybe a regulation will work (the ATF LOVES new rules).///// When that fails, we can all expect President Obama to pull out the old executive order.
Obama’s most recent push has been to ban those who cannot manage their social security benefits by themselves from owning guns. He plans to use the same method that he used to ban veterans: have the overseeing administration like the V.A. and SSA so they can report to the NICS background check system any individual that the current administration has listed as “incompetent.” ///////////The V.A. can make this determination, but only for financial matters. It’s a stretch to say that all disabled veterans can’t own a gun, and it’s an overreach to ban through this practice. Oh, and by the way: roughly 99% of all names reported to the NICS check system as “mentally defective” are from the V.A. Since 99% of all “mentally defective” people aren’t veterans, I think it’s safe to say that this gun-control measure is “mentally defective.”
In a similarly discriminatory vein, even a supposed gun-rights supporter said last week that he will actively prevent gun ownership. Andy Hallinan, a gun store owner in Florida, has banned Muslims from his shop, making concerted efforts to differentiate Muslims from patriots and Americans, and calling Islam a violent religion.////////
Banning subsections of the population from gun ownership is wrong on an ethical level: what is available to one type of person should be available to all types of people. It’s also just wrong there are bad apples in every group. It’s our job to pick them out, but we can’t ban EVERYONE in one category just because a handful has done terrible things. Oh: and then bigotry is just wrong on every level. And I’m not being politically correct here – I’m just being the regular kind of correct. The entire United States is covered by the Federal Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination by privately owned places of public accommodation on the basis of race, color, religion or national origin. Places of “public accommodation” include hotels, restaurants, theaters, banks, health clubs and stores. Nonprofit organizations such as churches are generally exempt from the law.
The right of public accommodation is also guaranteed to disabled citizens under the Americans with Disabilities Act, which prohibits discrimination by private businesses based on disability.
I’m all about keeping the crazies away from the guns. You can’t safely handle deadly force if you are mentally incompetent,,,,emotionally unstable,,,,, or anything of the sort. This should be determined on a case by case basis, not done via sweeping generalizations about a group of people or through a well-intended but poorly executed executive order or administrative policy.
As always More guns means equals less crime: go out and buy your gun in a hate free zone. You’ve been listening to Come and Talk It! with Michael Cargill.