Friday, August 23, 2019

"Compromise," Huh?

The Washington Examiner reports, David "Camera" Hogg and his "March for Our Lives" group have released their newest "gun control" plan as a "compromise" (embedded link in original):
March For Our Lives recently unveiled their sweeping new gun control plan, which includes:
  • A national licensing and registry system for guns and ammunition.
  • A ban on high-capacity magazines.
  • Raising the age for all gun purchases to 21.
  • A federal version of Extreme Risk Protection Orders, commonly known as "red flag" laws.
  • A limit of one firearm purchase per month.
  • A ban on all online firearm and ammunition sales or transfers, including gun parts.
  • The creation a "National Director of Gun Violence Prevention," who will report directly to the president.
Click through to the embedded link, and you get some more details. In addition to the above, the plan includes "a multi-step approval process" (including background checks, in-person interviews, reference checks, "rigorous" mandatory training, a 10-day waiting period, and fees), new fees on firearm and ammunition sales (with higher fees on "bulk" items), a "buy-back" program to reduce the number of "firearms in circulation" (read: privately-owned guns) by 30% — that's around 100 MILLION guns, for those following along at home — licensing fees and "refresher training" which must both be renewed every year, and a few other "goodies".

Also sought is a commitment from the next President to revisit the Heller v. District of Columbia decision's interpretation of the Second Amendment as an individual right, as if that didn't have 200+ years of jurisprudence supporting it.*

And they're billing this as a "compromise".... Right....

I don't know what kind of literary education they offer at Parkland high schools, but this is an egregious misuse of the word "compromise". Either that, or he's lying. (I know which I would bet on.)

But that's his offer, so in the spirit of real compromise, let me make mine:
First, toss your Soviet-approved "Five-Year Plan" in the trash. Then:
  • Repeal the Brady Act, the Hughes Amendment, the Gun Control Act of 1968, the National Firearms Act of 1934, and every other "gun control" law, regulation, and policy on the books.
  • Cease all federal monetary grants to any state or city who doesn't do the same, and arrest and charge every official in those places under 18 U.S.C. 241 and 242.
  • Disband the entire BATFE except for the alcohol and tobacco units, which we'll send to the FDA.
  • Get rid of the 4473 forms and publicly destroy all the paper "firearm transfer" records the ATF and FBI have been storing for the past several decades.
  • In return for the above, we'll allow the FBI to keep the NICS system provided it becomes 100% voluntary and opened to private citizens, in case they decide to verify the backgrounds of their children's babysitters.
Note: This is not an exhaustive list; just a starting place.

So now, let the negotiations begin.

Because that's how compromise works in the real world.

David "Camera" Hogg is, of course, welcome to weigh in in the comments below, as are our regular readers (all five of you fine folks!). Unlike many/most anti-freedom bloggers, we here at Not One More Gun Law do not moderate or delete comments; we welcome the discussion.

Stay safe out there.

[Hat tip to Carl "Bear" Bussjaeger. If you're not reading his stuff, you really should.]
* - There, revisited. "March for Our Lives" is welcome to cover my consultancy fee of $250 per hour, with a 40-hour minimum. You're welcome, Mr. Hogg.

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