OK, there's a lot of talk about banning going on. People are arguing about it, worried about it, fighting for it, fighting against it, outright
shouting at each other and it's getting a bit insane.
There's one group that's trying to pass petitions and force their congressmen to do something.
There's another group that's running to the NRA and vowing to fight anything that's done to take away their weapons.
Then, there's the rest of us. Those who know that the US Constitution guarantees our right to bear arms and also know what would have to be done to
take that away. It's a little more complicated than people think it is.
The President of the US cannot just come out one day and say "OK, no more guns" and it be over with. The Congress cannot just come out one day and say
"OK, not more guns" and it be over with. That's not how it works.
You see, it's an Ammendment to the US Constitution. Even if some kind of legislation was passed, the Supreme Court would veto it because it goes
against the Constitution.The ONLY way to ban firearms is by repealing the Second Ammendment. It's the ONLY way to do away with all firearms.
So, now are you scared that they're going to go behind closed doors and repeal the Second Ammendment? Well, don't be. You see, there's a process to
repealing an ammendment. Whether it's outright repealed or repealed by another ammendment, the same process must be followed.
First, 2/3 of Congress has to approve it. Look at who controls Congress right now. The Democrats have a small Senate majority, the Republicans have a
small House majority. Neither has 2/3 of either branch, let alone both branches together. It's not going to happen. But, for a moment, let's pretend
it did happen. After that, there has to be a vote. 3/4 of the people voting would have to approve it. That's 75%. Not going to happen.
There are very few things that you can get 2/3 of the Congress and 3/4 of the population to agree on and a ban on firearms definitely won't be one of
With that being said, the assault weapons could be in a bit of danger. Laws can be passed targetting them alone, but not all firearms. It wouldn't be
an outright ban, more like limitations put on them as there has been in the past, but still not an outright ban. I'm all for tighter restrictions on
assault weapons, I want them to be difficult to get. I want regular firearms to be difficult to get, but not impossible to get. I like the waiting
period, I like the background check. They are important and do offer protection. However, if it were an attempt to outright ban firearms, I would be
very much against it. I enjoy my guns, I like to hunt, I like to have one for home protection and they are also nice to colllect. I want to keep that
right. I don't have a criminal record, I am not considered a risk and I can own whatever guns I wish to own. I have no desire to own assault weapons
because I don't need them.
So, those of you wanting to ban them, you have your work cut out for you. Those of you wanting to defend your right to have them, there's a lot of
work that would have to be done to take them from you. Chill-ax.
edit on 19-12-2012 by L8RT8RZ because: (no reason given)