...And if the two ammendments used the same wording you would have a point.If words could
I believe that is why this conversation is going on. 85% of Americans endorse the mandatory registration of handguns and 72% also want mandatory registration of rifles and shotguns....
I love these figures. I've seen these numbers tossed out by all the usual suspects. Michael Moore gives those figures the equivalent of religious faith. But they reek of the obscenely biased anti-gun organization's ass from which they were pulled. If those figures were remotely reliable, the issue would have been over decades ago. 85%!?
The impetus would have been irresistible, and gun control would have been in place since the 60's. But that's not what happened. Because those figures are just one more bit of whatever-it-takes Alinskyian packaging.
Oh, wait. I bet The Evil N.R.A.™ has thwarted the clearly expressed will of 5/6 of the American populace. It has used its massive, magical Rovian power to block the clearly expressed will of a huge majority of the American voters. Or so The Approved Narrative goes. Yep, one telephone call from the NRA outweighs 10,000 calls from their opponents, right? And on election day, when the vast numbers of voters are set to rise up in righteous fury and punish their representative for ignoring their will, The Evil N.R.A.™ uses its magical Rovian mind power to confuse them (after all they're stupid, and need a caring federal government to take care of them). And the voters instead reward those who voted not to further restrict firearm ownership. Oh, the humanity.
Yes, the people expressed their will in telling their congressmen and senators what they wanted about more gun control. Congress was deluged with calls, letters and emails from voters desperate to have their will heard about this issue...except the voters were overwhelmingly opposed
to any additional controls on legal firearm ownership. Isn't it funny how these congressmen and senators seem to know their districts a little better than the folks who throw around an 85% figure of those supposedly in favor of handgun registration?
Here's the problem for those who say they want more gun control: a significant majority of Americans distrust the federal government (particularly in its iteration as the Obama Administration) far more than than they fear the lawful owners of firearms. They've learned that absolutely nothing this Administration says can be relied on. Nothing is the way the Administration tells it. There's always a catch, a gotcha, some fine print, even confiscatory provisions hidden deep in bloated, massive bills which no one on the Democrat side remembered to tell the people about. We've learned through hard experience that the Obama Administration is a three-card-monte dealer, and we've been shoving bills into its hands only to see them snatched up and given to cronies.
One thing overlooked is that every control on firearms we already have was sold to us as the answer to "the firearm problem".* The bills' backers swore that theirs were rational compromises which would finally take care of the problem. Except, once again, and again, and again, they didn't...at least to the satisfaction of the people who are working to ban firearms ownership. Because at heart that's what this is all about for the vast majority of those who passionately care about so-called gun control: the Fabian assault on the Second Amendment and the ultimate outright banning of private ownership of firearms.
The people have pretty clearly said they'd a lot rather take their chances with firearms owners than those who are running the nanny state. Change that and maybe you've got a chance.
*Which might be the nut right there. For many backers of gun control bills, the
"firearm problem" is private ownership of firearms, period. It's a case of intentional ambiguity.