Guy Who Calls Himself A Gun Nut Offers Gun Nuts Guide To Gun Control

An interesting, and long, long take on the issue by Jon Stokes

A Gun Nut’s Guide to Gun Control That Works

I am a gun industry insider, a lifelong gun owner and a vocal advocate for Second Amendment rights. I am a Texan and an American patriot who hauls my family to church every Sunday in a diesel pickup truck, where I sit in the pew and listen to the Word with a 9mm pistol tucked inside the waistband of my fanciest jeans.

Isn’t this the part where the author inserts the inevitable “but”—as in, “I’m a firm Second Amendment advocate, but … ”? Well I’ve got no “buts” for you, because I don’t need them. I believe there is a way to increase both our individual gun rights and our collective safety, if we can only get gun controllers to quit bitterly clinging to outmoded feature bans and gun registries, and convince gun rights advocates that “liberty” isn’t just about “what’s in my gun safe” but also about being able to exercise one’s full spectrum of Second Amendment rights in every part of this great nation.

The idea is simple but powerful: a federally issued license for simple possession of all semi-automatic firearms. This license would allow us to carefully vet civilian access to semi-automatic weapons, while overriding state-specific weapon bans and eliminating some of the federal paperwork that ties specific firearms to specific owners.

I offer this idea not only because I actually want to live in a world where it, or something like it, is the law of the land, but also because I and my fellow gun nuts are worried that a storm is coming that will sweep away a substantial portion of our gun rights without really making the country safer in return. We’re not even five months into a midterm election year, and 2018 has seen a string of high-profile incidents that have darkened the public’s view of civilian gun ownership: February’s massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, followed by this month’s shootings at YouTube headquarters in San Bruno, California, and at a Waffle House in Nashville, Tennessee. In the aftermath of these killings, we’re hearing proposals for anti-gun measures that we thought were widely considered out of bounds in the gun control debate, like a ban on all semi-automatic firearms, a repeal of the Second Amendment, or even an outright ban on the private ownership of guns. Some of us think this will all blow over, as it always does. And maybe it will. But this time definitely feels different.

Mr. Stokes knows gun rights supporters will object, but makes a reasonable, rational case for his idea. I won’t take away all his thunder, the entire article should be read in full. But, let’s see part of his plan

A federal license for all semi-automatic firearms would rest on two simple and well-defined concepts, one technical and one legal:

1) A “semi-automatic” firearm is one that fires a single round for each pull of the trigger, automatically reloading in between each shot until the ammo is depleted.

2) “Possession” is a legal concept from the drug war that implies that a person has a contraband item “on or about one’s person,” or has “control” over the item, perhaps by having it in a motor vehicle or in a home.

Because both of these things—“possession” and “semi-automatic weapons”—are easy to define, they’re easy to regulate.

Combine these two concepts with a thorough but reasonable vetting process, and you have the makings of a straightforward, effective system for keeping the most lethal class of weapons out of the hands of bad actors, while simultaneously lifting the burden of arbitrary weapon bans and federal red tape from law-abiding gun owners.

One big thing I have a problem with here is making this about semi-automatic firearms (which he sort of touches on later). If it’s going to be done, it should be on all firearms in an attempt to keep them out of criminal hands. Second, Mr. Stokes notes that once licensed, one can pretty much buy a gun at any time. He does note that the details need to be worked out, and, in my opinion, one of those details is how the permit gets revoked when it should get revoked. If your permit was fine for years, then you had a domestic violence restraining order initiated, what happens next? In a proper world, you’d have the permit revoked immediately by a judge, and be required to turn in all firearms temporarily.

Stokes also takes on the notion of giving all this information to government. Well, they already have it. So does Google, Facebook, and so many other private sites. The IRS, SS admin, etc, have tons of info on you. People give it up voluntarily. They write it all over the ‘net. Many big time gun supporters are putting their purchased firearms on their blogs.

Here’s another problem, as put forth by Cameron Smith

“I’ll give you my gun when you take it from my cold, dead hands.” The slogan popularized by National Rifle Association (NRA) bumper stickers has been a rallying cry for gun owners over the last several decades. It reflects the sentiment that too many politicians don’t respect the individual right to gun ownership ensconced in the Constitution. The challenge for most of gun owners is that amending gun policies isn’t usually a give-and-take issue. It’s often a take-and-take scenario facing even those of us willing to discuss policy reforms in good faith.

In this, if we give the gun grabbers a permit system, they’ll use it too find a way to grab more guns, to deny more people, and to push for more and more regulations. They just won’t stop.

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11 Responses to “Guy Who Calls Himself A Gun Nut Offers Gun Nuts Guide To Gun Control”

  1. Odysseus says:

    So when these permits are issued by he next generation of Louis Lerners how does said “weather the storm” gun guys suppose this to work?

  2. We don’t need to guess how this system will be used. We have plenty of places in the USA where permits were required and local law enforcement issued the permits after “reasonable vetting process”, and surprise, surprise, No one qualified for a gun who was not a personal friend of the sheriff.

    We don’t have to guess how this turns out. The left never stops. They will take this and then add to it until they get what they really want: Only the government has guns and the government only uses their guns to protect the aristocracy and oppress everyone else. It happens EVERY TIME. That is the whole point behind disarmament every time it is used in human history. EVERY TIME.

    But in the interest of totally ignoring common sense, here is my rational proposal: A human rights card. Everyone gets one at birth. It had your unique ID number on it (also tattooed on your right hand or forehead for convenience). And it has a list of which “rights” the government agrees you may exercise. Voting, Property ownership, education, health care, self defense, speech, travel, hold public office, Work, etc. Since all of your rights are negotiable now and government granted, they can be taken away or altered at any time by political whim. When they change, you turn in your card and get a new one with the new set of rights you are allowed to have. As Darth Vader once said, “I’m altering the arrangement. Pray I don’t alter it further.”

  3. Jeffery says:

    How have the “gun grabbers” fared so far in limiting 2nd Amendment rights?

  4. david7134 says:

    Grabbing guns with not solve any problem. So the effort and attention focused on this non-problem takes away from the real issue. The real problem is the failure of the liberal program to treat mentally ill individuals by main streaming rather than institutional, which is were these violent people need to be. It also shows the total failure of law enforcement to defend us.

  5. Stosh says:

    The government has issued permits and regulates who can legally reside in the country…that’s worked perfectly.
    The government has issued permits and regulates who can legally prescribe certain medications..that’s worked perfectly.

  6. GomeznSA says:

    Knock, knock.
    Who’s there?
    Sheriff who?
    Sheriff of Nottingham, you have a ‘permit’ and the king has decided you have to turn in all of your arms – it’s for the children.

  7. Hoss says:

    National gun registry, and the possibility of democrats being behind gun licensing system? Pass. Hard pass.

    Give. Them. Nothing.

  8. PapaMAS says:

    Stupid idea. Sounds reasonable and accommodating on the surface. In the best case, the author is honest and is looking for a compromise – which, unfortunately, will provide the gun grabbers exactly what they to grab all the guns. Color me skeptical, we have been down this road before.

    • It requires no skepticism to understand that certain patterns in life happen frequently enough to establish a predictive value with near certainty.

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