• Why don’t I have a “God-given right” to own a machine gun?
    posted by Mike McClellan at 17 January, 10:48 AM  0 
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    So the President released his list of executive orders and suggested legislation yesterday — nothing surprising there, given the President’s previous comments.

    And nothing surprising in his opponents’ reactions (you can read those reactions here and here).

    Apparently, according to those opponents, Obama is interfering with our “God-given rights” to own guns.

    From Texas Congressman Steve Stockman (who’s threatened to introduce impeachment articles against Obama):

    “He condemned what he described as Obama’s ‘anti-gun sneak attack’ and promised a legislative battle to protect “the God-given right to keep and bear arms.”

    Local pols echoed this.  Congressman Paul Gosar “said the president launched an ‘attack on personal gun ownership, the Second Amendment and our God-given rights.’”

    And the appropriately-named state senator Don Shooter chimed in with this nugget:  

    “He’s governing like Caesar Augustus or Adolf Hitler,” Shooter said. “This is just more insanity and tyranny from Washington, when what we need to be doing is taking a real, hard look at our mental-health system.”

     Even House Speaker Andy Tobin believes that Obama’s proposals “infringe on the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens for his own political aggrandizement.”

    Okay, so let’s agree with these guys.  Why can’t I own a machine gun?  Why are those illegal?  After all, if the Second Amendment is as absolute as these folks above and others believe, shouldn’t I be able to keep a machine gun at home?  Talk about protection.

    If someone breaks into my home and I have my Tommy gun at the bedside, I don’t need to be a sharpshooter to nail him — I’ll just send a spray of bullets in the general direction and get the intruder.

    But I can, I can own a machine gun (read here)!  As long as it was in circulation prior to 1986, when the private ownership of new machine guns was outlawed, in a bill signed into law by . . . President Reagan.  And I meet the requirement.  And I live in a state that doesn’t prohibit it (Rats!  Arizona prohibits the private ownership of machine guns).

    So I hope Rep. Gosar at the federal level and Sen. Shooter at the state level introduce bills to relax restrictions on machine guns.

    After all, those weapons are just more efficient in volume of bullets fired than what currently is legal.  And if owning guns is a “God-given right,” then I assume the God-fearing Gosar and Shooter would do nothing to inhibit my right to own a Tommy gun.

    Or are those weapons too efficient, too deadly, even for Gosar, Shooter, et.al.?  And if so, why isn’t a semi-automatic weapon with a 900-round barrel magazine like the one the Aurora shooter used?

    I’d like to hear their answers.  

     


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