I was talking to a (nominally) conservative friend the other day, and he didn’t see the big deal about tighter gun control restrictions. He isn’t a gun owner himself, and he thinks it’s one of those areas where Republicans have it all wrong. “They’re just trying to cut down on some of this violence,” he said, shaking his head. “I can’t understand why you guys cling to your guns like you do. No one’s going to come by and round them up. You’re paranoid.”
The thing he doesn’t get is that if you give liberals an inch, they’ll take a mile. This has been proven again and again. Now we see the (quick) spreading of a bad gun bill out of California. Not more than a week after CA Governor Jerry Brown signed into law a measure that would give people the power to ask a judge to remove guns from a relative’s home, a New York Democrat is proposing similar legislation for the Empire State.
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As a matter of fact, the legislation’s sponsor – Assemblyman Brian Kavanaugh – actually wants to take the law a step further. Instead of restricting this power to concerned relatives, Kavanaugh wants to widen the ability of every individual to legally steal guns from their neighbors.
Talking on New York Public Radio about the bill, Kavanaugh said it “would permit family members or friends or medical professionals or law enforcement or really anyone who’s concerned that somebody having access to guns poses a serious danger to go to a court and present evidence of that, and if the court was persuaded, they would be able to issue a temporary order preventing the person from acquiring or possessing guns.”
New York isn’t the only area considering legislation that would follow the path of California. Washington D.C., where they were recently forced to allow residents to open-carry, is also tossing around the idea of adopting a similar law.
As far as New York goes, the NY State Rifle & Pistol Association says that this kind of law is already provided for by the Safe Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act. A spokesman for the organization derided the legislation as typical election-year politics, insisting that such a law would do nothing to keep the residents of New York any safer.
Unfortunately, laws like these are all too easy to pass. Especially in the wake of a tragedy like the Elliot Rodger shootings in Santa Barbara or the Sandy Hook massacre. People want to feel safe after something so inhuman occurs, and they are more willing to give up some of their liberties in the name of that safety. These are the times when gun rights advocates must stand their ground. We must stand against nonsensical legislation, particularly when it doesn’t take a lot of imagination to see how these laws could be used nefariously.
No one is happy about the amount of gun violence in this country, but these draconian laws don’t do anything to remedy the situation. It’s time to start thinking about other ways to address the problem. Ways that don’t dramatically curtail our 2nd Amendment rights.