Here’s today’s rant on the idiocy of gun control. There are multiple bills now making the rounds through the Colorado legislature, among those is a standard capacity magazine ban. And yes, it’s “standard” because it came with my gun. (I should also point out that I have multiple standard-capacity magazines and a few small-capacity magazines, 20 rounds, and ALL of these would be illegal now.)
BTW, read about the bills here:http://www.rmgo.org/political/gun-laws/billwatch
Here’s something I got straight off an anti-2nd Amendment website today: “After the mass shooting at Columbine, Coloradans voted overwhelmingly in favor of closing the gun show loophole, and a measure to fix this dangerous gap in the law received support from 70 percent of voters. Coloradans have experienced a painful history of gun violence, but have also demonstrated tremendous leadership in the wake of events like the mass shootings in Columbine and Aurora. The time is now to build on this legacy and lead the nation in passing meaningful reforms to our broken gun laws.”
Ignoring for a minute the fabrication of the poll supporting the above claim, let’s read the proposed bill which is supposed to solve all of our violence problems and (finally!) make Colorado a safe place:
“18-12-302. Large-capacity magazines prohibited – penalties –
7 exceptions.(1)(a) EXCEPT AS OTHERWISE PROVIDED IN THIS SECTION, ON
8 AND AFTER JULY 1,2013, A PERSON WHO SELLS, TRANSFERS, OR POSSESSES
9 A LARGE-CAPACITY MAGAZINE COMMITS A CLASS 2 MISDEMEANOR.”
So they’re using horrible incidents like Columbine and the Aurora theater shooting to help pass this law. Let’s dig a step further.
The Aurora theater murderer is facing 142 criminal counts, including 24 counts of murder (one each of 1st degree murder and 2nd degree murder for each victim… presumably that’s in case they can’t get him for 12 counts of 1st degree murder they wanted to leave open the possibility of 2nd degree murder as well). Read about it here: http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_21191265/hearing-underway-man-suspected-killing-12-aurora-theater. So in this new proposed law, this magazine ban is a class 2 misdemeanor. So The Murderer would, if this new proposed law had been in place, be facing 143 criminal counts – 24 counts of murder, all sorts of other fun stuff, and then the massive deterrent for that 143rd charge, the class 2 misdemeanor for having an illegal magazine. (and by the way, that would be assuming he didn’t own said magazine the date the bill was passed, in which case he’d be grandfathered and he’d ONLY be facing the 142 charges)
So I’m not sure in which parallel universe our politicians are living in which facing 142 criminal charges including 24 counts of murder is NOT a deterrent for a crime, but somehow adding that hugely overwhelming 143rd charge of the class 2 misdemeanor would have made The Murderer stop and go “wait, wow, that new law really is tough on crime. They could really get me on that one. Maybe I’ll just go play bingo instead.”
I recently heard the analogy of a terrorist car bomber worrying that he’s double-parked. That sounds about right to me.