It’s a day shy of two weeks since the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School spree killing. Unlike previous firearms-related mass murders, the mainstream media’s Parkland-related gun control agitprop continues to blast like water out of a firehose. The result . . .
is some seriously stupid sh*t. Like yesterday’s “pro-gun” proposal to sacrifice individual gun rights on the altar of state’s rights. And today’s article A ‘Deeply Libertarian’ Plan to Restrict Gun Sales.
Before we delve, keep in mind that Stephen L. Carter’s proposal was published at bloomberg.com, the website owned by America’s most financially fecund anti-firearms freedom financier. Also note that Mr. Carter (above) is a Yale law professor and best-selling novelist who summers in Martha’s Vineyard.
The state establishes a “No Gun” registry. Joining is entirely voluntary, but upon adding my name, I give up my right to purchase a firearm. Not forever. Not for some set period of time. The waiver is in effect only until I change my mind, which I am free to do whenever I like.
Sound too easy? This is where the elegant part comes in.
When I join, I can supply the email addresses for people who should be notified if I change my mind. If I decide later to drop my name from the registry, nobody can stop me, but there’s a three-week cooling-off period.
During that fortnight and a half, the state notifies whomever I listed as a contact when joining the registry. The idea is that if I’m disturbed or depressed or given to bouts of temper, my contacts can try to talk me out of buying a gun — and, if I’m adamant, they might try to take stronger action, such as having me held for observation.
The proposal is aimed particularly at the mentally ill, who might, during their lucid periods, agree to join the No Guns registry. If you’re skeptical, be aware that the authors have conducted surveys suggesting that nearly half of those with diagnosed mental illnesses would sign up. This matters because, despite recent prominent claims to the contrary, it’s pretty clear that mental illness often plays an important role in mass shootings as well.
Welcome to the American equivalent of post-war East Germany, run by and for the Communist Party, where you’re encouraged to surrender your (illusion of) individual liberty and rat out anyone who dares exercise their natural, civil and [no longer] Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms.
Ok, that’s just dumb in a scary sci-fi, Kurt Vonnegut Welcome to the Monkey House kinda way. Here’s the REALLY frightening bit, revealed in Mr. Carter’s edited Q&A with one of the eggheads who came up with this boneheaded idea:
Question: You’ve compiled a lot of data about who would support your plan and who might register. What are the highlights?
Answer: In two separate surveys, Vars and I have found that about a third of Americans say that they would be willing to give up their right to purchase and possess firearms. Moreover, almost half of people who have been previously diagnosed with a mental illness say that they would be willing to waive their Second Amendment rights.
WHAT? I need some serious range time to clear my head before I can take that stat, dubious as it is, on board. Not to mention assembling the Daily Digest’s farrago of firearms fail polluting my computer . . .