Any serious discussion of 'gun control'
must begin with the Second Amendment

By Charlie Gerow (Opinion Contributor). September 22nd, 2019

At the most recent Democrat presidential debate, Robert Francis O'Rourke (he'd like us to think his name is "Beto") shouted, "Hell yes, we're going to take your AR-15, your AK-47."

Since then he's doubled down on his rant of that evening. Confiscating "assault rifles," "semi-automatic weapons," and ammo from law abiding American citizens is his desire.

While demagoguery sometimes makes for good political theater and can even score political points, it doesn't do much to advance serious discussion about public policy.

Take a step back. Consider the numerous constitutional and legal problems with Mr. O'Rourke's proclamation. Then think about what would happen even if there were no such constitutional prohibitions.

Just how would Mr. O'Rourke go about rounding up the millions of those guns that are in the hands of private, law-abiding American citizens?

Any serious discussion about gun control has to begin with the Second Amendment. ........

There is reference to 'gun violence' - this is an over-used term as violence is violence by any means, and 'the gun' itself is not the problem. Also, background checks are no solution - If anything, America should consider adopting the far less expensive BIDS (Blind Identification System) alternative. BIDS works like wanted posters. Instead of sending the names of millions of innocent gun buyers to the FBI, as leftists want and have implemented, the FBI simply alerts gun dealers of hardened criminals who are banned, by secure and encrypted means with tracking logs as a system of checks .


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