Gun control is an insidious business. Despite the large number of states that have restored firearms freedom post-Newtown, gun control business is good. Several states have passed “assault weapons” and “high capacity” ammunition magazine bans. Expanded background checks (a.k.a., gun registration) are expanding; Mayor Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety has allocated a million dollars for a ballot initiative in Nevada. The funny thing is . . .
The majority of these unconstitutional gun control laws remain unenforced.
We still don’t know how many Empire State residents failed to register their modern sporting rifles with the state police, in defiance of New York’s ironically named SAFE Act. There are thousands. And none of them have been visited by the po-po. Same deal in Maryland.
In Colorado, there hasn’t been a single arrest for [now] illegal 15+ round ammunition magazines. Well, not on its own. In the Rocky Mountain state as elsewhere, cops add newfangled firearms charges to arrests for other offenses. But they’re not going to gun ranges or knocking on doors to check mag capacity.
Why would they? The government knows that enforcing dumb-ass gun control laws (to use the legal term) on otherwise law-abiding citizens would be a public relations disaster. If enforcement goes wrong, it could start a backlash of Biblical proportions.
So cops ignore the gun control laws they’ve sworn to uphold and prosecutors exercise Obamian prosecutorial discretion. Check this from New York:
A 94-year-old Brooklyn man was nabbed at La Guardia Airport with a loaded gun strapped to his belt, the TSA said Wednesday.
The unidentified man had a permit for the weapon and was not arrested, a Port Authority source told the Daily News.
He walked through security with the gun, which set off the metal detector. He was allowed to board his flight to West Palm Beach, Fla., but not before PA officials confiscated the weapon. The gun was loaded with six bullets, the TSA said.
The man will have to appear at a hearing when he returns.
Presuming you’re not a nonagenarian, you can bet your bottom dollar you’d be arrested, jailed, prosecuted and convicted for the same offense. Your gun rights would be gone. As would a significant chunk of your time and money. But because the airport gun schlepper in question was in his 90’s he gets a pass. Ish.
On one hand, it’s a good thing that many gun control laws resemble blue laws in blue states. On the other hand, they’re a unreliably dormant cancer on residents’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. Remember: German gun registration laws were not abused until the Nazis assumed power. And then by God they were.
Godwin’s Law be damned; the same thing will happen here.