For years, skeptics of gun control groups who believed the real goal was gun confiscation and repealing the Second Amendment were laughed off as they were espousing the Flat Earth Theory. Why, it was ridiculous to suggest that anyone would advocate revoking an enumerated right and confiscating legally-owned weapons of law-abiding Americans! Until the popular culture moved far enough left to drop the mask and start doing it openly.
And now, we have protest mobs and even a former Supreme Court Justice arguing that scratching a line through the Second Amendment would somehow revoke a God-given (not government-given) human right. And on Monday, the village board of Deerfield, Illinois, voted unanimously to ban a long list of currently legal rifles that fall under the nebulous term, “assault weapons.” Not just to ban the future sale of such guns, but to confiscate legally-purchased firearms currently owned by law-abiding citizens.
Gun owners have until June 13th to turn in their guns or remove them from the city limits, or face a fine of up to $1,000 per day. It will be challenged, as it should be, not only on Second Amendment grounds but because of the ridiculously disproportionate fine for possessing a legally-purchase product. Proponents claim it’s constitutional because similar local laws in Highland Park, Illinois, and in California, DC and Maryland were upheld by appeals courts and the Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal. But that doesn’t mean that if they keep pushing the limits, the current SCOTUS won’t finally be roused to do its job and defend the Bill of Rights.
Possibly the most prescient comment came from a citizen who told CBS that most of the arguments for the ban were based on emotion, not facts, adding, “Deerfield is a very crime-free community, and I don’t see how this is going to make it any more crime-free.”
Indeed, this may provide a good test of how effective gun bans are. Deerfield is just 25 miles north of Chicago, a wonderful example of how well both strict gun laws and decades of Democratic governance work. Now that Deerfield has become nationally famous for disarming law-abiding citizens, it will be interesting to see how long it remains crime-free.
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