An across the board amnesty for anybody and everybody who wants to buy a gun makes no more sense than an across the board ban. Zero tolerance and zero flexibility alike both mean zero thought.
The NRA represents gun manufacturers, who have no interest in thought. They deal in death and fear and so that’s what they promote:
Be afraid of big government, your neighbor, the police, the stranger. Shoot first and ask questions later.
You never know 🙂
I’m not saying that a well thought out national red flag law wouldn’t take time to consider. Like I said, trying to pass any national law is trying to craft a one size fits all solution. That means much of the law would have to include areas that States would need to address, and make clear that the federal government expected them to address those issues.
Not all states, for example, are going to have a cop on every block. Most states don’t. For that matter, there are a lot of cities that can’t afford that kind of security anymore. Aside from the problems of funding, finding enough qualified people can be very difficult. Problems like racism are well known. Theism (the belief that one’s religion makes them superior to others, or that the lack of religion makes one subhuman) is less well known but is practiced just as often as racism. Trying to legislate religion though, is like trying to legislate skin color; it just doesn’t work.
The best we can hope for, where police are concerned, is to help multiply their eyes. In the old days, this was done by using a population with a firm grasp of the history of the nation and a solid working knowledge of the Constitution. Those days, thanks to cuts in education spending, are gone.
Classic’s like Civic’s and History were relegated to the same dust educational dustbin as basic music and art training (which improved skills like math and critical thinking.) Let’s face it: Some things are just not part of an agenda seeking an easily compliant population. Corporations want people just smart enough to run the machines, but just dumb enough to accept slave wages and not ask any questions.
Why else do you think the race is on to replace human labor with machines?
Many think that when I call for increased powers for the police, I am endangering their right to defend themselves against an overzealous government. I’m not. I’m all for a vigorous defense of an oppressive government. I just don’t think that a pistol is the best way to defend your home against a nuclear bomb dropped on it from fifty-thousand feet in the air.
Lets face it, if it gets to the point where you are looking at a tank rolling down your street, things have gone too far. Better to pull the weeds before they turn into swamp monsters the size of Godzilla than to try taking on a twenty foot tall monster with what amounts to a stick.
I am fully aware of the pressure that makes you feel the need to fight back, but we can multitask, can’t we? We can deal with the people who are not able to handle the strain of living in the 21st century…while at the same time working towards giving ourselves the tools we really need to combat what is quickly becoming an oppressive government.
It’s not hard to do. All we need to do is remember two things:
1: Having an honest discussion about situations where we do NOT want to see people holding a gun is just as important as parroting situations where we do. We do not need to create a police state to lower the number of mass shootings in America, nor do we need an unarmed population.
It bears repeating: Zero flexibility means zero thought, and zero thought is an open invitation to fascism and oppression.
2: Ending corporate personhood is the first and best way to sweep aside a government that is increasingly becoming interested in forcibly drugging children and jailing babies.
Stripping incompetent political puppets of their corporate financial support is the first and most important step towards slamming the door on outright fascism and death camps. In fact, there are two ways to do it, and the United States Constitution doesn’t include provisions for either.
If we truly wanted to “Make America Great Again”, we could and should start by talking about Red Flag laws, but that’s not where the discussion should end. If it did, it would be pointless to bother with conversation.