F4FEver wrote: Fri Jun 11, 2021 8:22 am
Among the proposals is one requiring people to report lost or stolen firearms, one requiring firearm sellers to verify the age of buyers and a third bill allowing localities to issue their own firearm rules.
How are these ideas bad ideas?? I mean, ya gotta show yer ID when ya buy some 3.2% beer at 7/11....And if you lose or have a firearm stolen, why WOULDN'T you report it..ok, I see how admitting being 'stupid in public' might deter some from reporting a stolen or lost gun...
In case there is any confusion, those are things Missouri Democrats want to pass; they have nothing to do with the so-called "Second Amendment Preservation Act.”
- Per statute 571.087, it appears Missouri defers to federal law regarding the purchase of firearms.
- If your firearm is stolen from you, you are a victim of a crime. If you lose it via negligence, you are a moron.
- Missouri already only has pretend state preemption, but the purpose of "allowing localities to issue their own firearm rules" is for municipalities to enact a patchwork of bans to make it difficult to possess or carry firearms in a state.
A mainstay of authoritarianism is proposing every idea a particular group of people claims would be beneficial needs to be codified into law. Authoritarians are the "there oughta be a law" crowd who live from one knee-jerk reaction to another:
I don't like abortion. There oughta be a law.
I don't like firearms. There oughta be a law.
As should be true anywhere, for each bill proposed in Missouri, legislators should ask themselves the following:
What statistically relevant problem in Missouri am I trying to solve?
Would my proposed solution create another problem or make things worse?
Would my time, which is supposed to be of benefit to the public, be better spent on something more productive?
Equally important is that people who own firearms know to try to prevent the Democrats from succeeding in going after the low-hanging fruit, because they are aware once Democrats achieve those goals they will move on to the next restriction du jour promoted by the firearm prohibition lobby, if they have not already. That's why firearm owners are reluctant to give Democrats an inch on proposed firearm laws, even if some of those owners would otherwise deem those bills tolerable.
Enacting law in this country should be difficult and well-considered, e.g., not the USA PATRIOT Act.