New gun laws

March 5, 2018

Saturday, the Florida Senate voted to ban AR-15 rifles. Then after realizing it had actually passed, they reconsidered and revoked it 15 minutes later. They did go on to pass a package of other gun control measures, except for the only one that might actually stop school shootings, the creation of trained and armed “school marshals.”

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Contrary to what the anti-gun movement would have you believe, conservatives and NRA members (I check both boxes) are heartsick over these mass shootings and want them stopped. We just don’t want to see a lot of useless regulations passed that infringe on the rights and safety of law-abiding gun owners while doing nothing to stop mass killers.


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If we’re going to find any common ground, how about if we start with the premise that new gun laws should be based on facts, not emotions, and written by people who actually know something about the object they’re trying to regulate? Would you let someone write a washing machine manual who thinks it’s a food processor?

For example, Seattle Police have just made the first gun confiscation under a new law called the “extreme risk protection order.” It’s designed to take guns away from people who have been reported to be a potential risk to themselves or others. Neighbors complained that the man was roaming the hallways of his apartment building with a holstered gun, staring down people and trying to intimidate them. When police asked him to hand it over, he refused. That’s when they forcibly confiscated it. That sounds eerily similar to the behavior of the Florida shooter, and if anyone had acted on the complaints in Florida, maybe 17 people would be alive today. Seattle Police now have to determine whether he is mentally stable enough to get his gun back. This could be a law that actually does some good, as long as there are safeguards to keep it from being abused.


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But the story also quotes, without correction, a neighbor who called the man’s scary weapon “a .25 caliber automatic.” They could have at least noted that, no, it’s not an automatic weapon. It’s already illegal to own any fully automatic weapon made after May 19, 1986, and darn near impossible to legally obtain an older one. And .25 caliber weapons are, to quote the author of “The Writer’s Guide to Weapons,” “glorified pea shooters.” He advises crime and spy novelists not to write that their bad guys carry .25 caliber handguns because, while they may be “better than a ham sandwich” as weapons, he cited three real-life cases of people shot by them who didn’t even realize that they’d been hit.

If we’re going to make intelligent laws regarding guns that have any real effect on criminals, let’s start by educating the public – or at least, the people writing the laws – on what it is they’re making laws about. Say, here’s an idea: how about if the lawmakers take a few NRA courses?

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  • Richard Singletary

    03/17/2018 03:12 PM

    it was obama and his zars who obstructed Justice as the ignored judicial watch freedom of information requests as the last administration sold out or killed innocent usa citizens for free for all gang open border policy. do something conservative this month every day!!!

  • R. Saffell

    03/13/2018 10:58 AM

    The problem with this is obvious. Anyone who has a grudge can now go to the police and " Complain ". " I'm scared " they can say. And THAT gives the police the authority to confiscate weapons? Seriously? This is the problem that everyone needs to be concerned about. Anyone who does not like you, what you say, anything....all they have to do is complain? Sounds just like Facebook who will ban people quoting the Bible....like me....just because someone doesn't "LIKE" the Bible. This *one * thing....just this one....is going to be the End of America. Can you say Nazi Germany?

  • LORI ANN REGO

    03/13/2018 10:31 AM

    GOV. HUCKABEE WITH FLORIDA'S NEW GUN LAW I DON'T BLAME THE NRA TO FILE A LAWSUIT. THEY SHOULD HAVE LAWS ON IF THE PERSON HAS A HISTORY OF VIOLENT PSYCHOLOGICAL ISSUES. ALSO CHECK THE BACKGROUND OF A PRISON HISTORY AND WHAT THEY WERE SENTANCED FOR. THEY SHOULDN'T HAVE IT ON AGE RESTRICTION.
    I ALSO THANK YOU FOR THE ARTICLE ON LT. CORNEL CARTER. I THINK THEY SHOULD MAKE A MOVIE ABOUT HIS LIFE. BESIDES WHEN HIS WAS IN THE RED TAIL. WHAT A MAN TO SERVE 3 WARS PLUS BE A COP. I HOPE HE HAD A WONDERFUL MEMORIAL SERVICE

  • Ruth Howard

    03/07/2018 09:18 AM

    How many NRA members have shot and killed someone?

  • Mike Spears

    03/06/2018 04:32 PM

    Governor Huckabee: Saw your petitions against gun control and for ending illegal immigration. Will support them, thank you. Are you aware that some Democrats are also sponsoring a bill called, No Fly - No Buy? This bill is to make it law that anyone on the "No Fly" list be prohibited from purchasing a firearm. As you know, air travel is not a Constitutional Right, so no due process is required to place someone on that list. Believe that I saw a video clip of Obama proposing such a law. A law such as this would allow the government to by-pass due process to take away a citizens gun rights. This is one of at least three attempts the Obama Administration made to by-pass due process. The other two were 1) The campus sexual assault policy that denied accused male students their due process and 2) The move to automatically enter Social Security recipients who required financial advice into the NICS database to prevent them from buying a firearm. Would it make sense to petition Congress to avoid passing laws that are in conflict due process?

  • Bob Ernst

    03/06/2018 12:44 PM

    Commandment number 6 states, "Thou shalt not murder". What further direction do we need? Well, I guess we do need laws to shelter us from those who don't believe in the Commandments. But most of those people obey their heart, knowing deep inside that murder is wrong. So we need a few laws to govern the non-obeyers, but not reams and libraries of regulations. Just a few common-sense rules that govern actions, not items, that govern the people, not the guns or knives or cars or hammers. After all, it's the PERSON who commits the crime.

  • Mike Spears

    03/06/2018 11:49 AM

    Dear Governor Huckabee: We all know that the Left is not really interested in addressing and solving problems; they are only interested in driving their agenda -- and at all costs. If by happenstance, a few problems get solved along the way, that's OK -- but driving their agenda is all that matters to them. The real problems with the Parkland shooting are 1) Lack of School Security, 2) Dis-functional Law Enforcement and Government (not to mention a Political Hack for a sheriff.) 3) Lack of traditional moral standards and values. No matter what the facts, the left immediately jumps on their "gun control solution," and ignores all else. All we are seeing in the media is a flurry of deceptive gun control propaganda. They are not hiding their true agenda of disarming the public, at all. The result is their AGENDA is a huge barrier to solving the real problems -- but to them, that's also OK. If the problems get solved short of new weapons bans or new gun control, they really don't want it to be solved less they lose some leverage to drive their AGENDA.