To the Editor:
Once again the president has used political theater as a substitute for meaningful action on the gun control issue.
His decision to ban so-called “assault weapons” is music to the ears of the ignorant and to the “no guns for anyone crowd.”
In the totality of his announcements as to how he plans to curb gun violence, there are some reasonable measures.
The background check for persons who intend to purchase a weapon of any kind sounds reasonable.
But, there is a hidden agenda in that proposal; background checks require more personnel and resources.
That means money, and money is what this is all about.
Sellers and customers will foot the bill for the checks.
Registration fees will follow, and transfer fees will surely be next.
All the fees and charges will be borne by the law-abiding citizen who buys guns for protection, sport or investments.
This is not the end of the argument; it is the end of personal liberty, because the right to keep and bear arms is seen as most vulnerable to those who seek to dismantle the Constitution in order to realize their personal ambition in “changing the basic structure of America.”
Once the Bill of Rights and other amendments are identified as being archaic, or irrelevant, the entire government can be restructured as a socialist oligarchy.
If saving lives was the issue, real measures would be enacted and enforced.
Any crime committed with a gun would automatically earn a life sentence, any crime where the victim was shot or killed would be an automatic death sentence. Poor aim should not be rewarded.
If the president wants to use executive orders to bypass his wimpy Congress, let him do it to wield real power and make all gun crimes federal crimes without appeal.