Last week, an observant reader hastened to inform us the date Gov. Northam selected to convene a special General Assembly on guns is also the anniversary of the approval of 14th Amendment, which extended the rights and privileges of citizenship to African Americans. Of course, part and parcel of this expansion is protection under the Bill of Rights from infringement and even depredation of guarantees — unalienable rights not bestowed by government but granted as a human condition from on high. Which, when last we checked, also included the Second Amendment.

As much as anyone else, we decry the prevalence of mass shootings in the United States, the most recent taking place two weeks ago in Virginia Beach, in which a municipal employee walked into a city building and killed 12 people. But we question as well the knee-jerk reaction of politicians who trot out the same old nostrums in hopes of eliminating a problem that cuts deep to man’s soul and has done so, to greater or lesser extent, from time immemorial. Their perennial thought: If only we had universal background checks, then our worries would be over.

But never is it that easy, or so cut-and-dried. Mainly because there are so many gun laws that a straightforward approach, faithful to the intent of the Second Amendment, is decidedly elusive. As such, we see the gun-controllers, in whose ranks Mr. Northam now marches, fall back on perennials no longer hardy but rather the consistency and durability of moldy chestnuts. Universal background checks, for example. We’ve heard ad nauseam that this remedy will prevent the sort of mayhem that transpired at Virginia Beach. But the guilty party purchased the two guns he used three years and one year ago, respectively — and legally.

Mr. Northam also wants to ban assault weapons, a description that runs the gamut from machine guns to rocket launchers to high-powered hunting rifles.Where will that line be drawn? This is not to say some action should not be taken. Just as President Trump moved against the bump stocks used in the Las Vegas concert shootings, the General Assembly can take action against the silencer employed by the Virginia Beach killer. We see no reason for an American defending him- or herself requiring a silencer to do so.

Still, on many issues, Mr. Northam slouches toward anti-Second Amendment extremism. For instance, he favors a “red flag” law giving authorities power to seize weapons from any and all deemed a threat to society or to themselves. States currently do have laws to restrict ownership of guns by, for instance, these very people considered dangerous, a threat. How would Mr. Northam further bolster that law without giving authorities too much muscle to take gun rights away from law-abiding people? We’re angling toward a slippery slope here.

Mr. Northam also wants to reinstate the limit of one gun purchase a month. More than anything else as we see it, this would restrict the activities of private gun dealers, collectors, and fanciers who purchase and sell in volume.

On the other side of the aisle, Republican House Speaker Kirk Cox will propose ways to tighten penalties for those who violate gun laws. In particular, Mr. Cox would push for mandatory minimum sentences for certain firearm violations. Mr. Northam opposes this gesture because he believes mandatory minimums disproportionately affect African Americans and other minorities. Not if they are levied consistently, uniformly.

Sounds like Mr. Northam is still making amends for the blackface/Klan photo on his graduation page in his medical school yearbook, doesn’t it?

(22) comments

bromleyh

https://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/2019/06/ttag-contributor/police-response-to-virginia-beach-shooting-slowed-by-electronic-security-doors/

Rattler

No ones told me yet even though I have asked many times, where can you purchase these machine guns you keep talking about. I personally do not want to own such a firearm. Just would be nice to know where this information comes from. I'm sure there are many collectors who would love to buy a machine gun since they are so readily available

bromleyh

Yeah, let me know, too!! LOL

Rattler

If mandatory violations ate actoss the board, why is it disappropitly affecting african americand othe minorities. Yhat should speak volumes to anti gun proponents. Why is this race baiting?

bromleyh

White guilt. Deny rights for themselves so that minorities don’t have rights.

Rattler

I have asked this before, where can one legally buy a machine gun. Legal gun owners already pass a background check. This universal background check will only create a registry for legal gun owners and forbid mommy giving you daddy's firearm after he passes away. It will not, as much as anti gun proponents wish, keep firearms out of hands of criminals. I may be a little different than other legal gun owners as fas selling gun I own. I had a pistol for sale, got alot of calls, but when i posted must take transfer at FFL and pass background check all of a sudden no interest. This was my way as a legal gun owner to keep my firearms out of hands of someone who could not pass a background check.. A registry for legal gun purchases is the first step to confiscation. No matter if one has no legal firearms, again criminals will still prevail. I prefer to be able to protect myself. I have legally acquired a concealed carry license which had its own background check before approval. To acquire a silencer ( suppressor) you do not understand yhe red tape you have to go through plus hefty taxes. Rnforce laws already on books, dont make new ones.

frank papcin

remember people who made those bump stocks legal in the first place-- OBAMA because he was paid a lot of money -- as political contributions of course-- but take into consideration, the fact that he became a multi millionaire only after becoming president -- with no other business & his only asset was his position & his mouth

CRT

Oh, Frank. You know not of which you speak. Obama was already wealthy due to his successful books. Unlike Trump, he writes his own books.

bromleyh

I’m sure Heir Obama had help, too. At least Trump’s books are useful.

CRT

Heir Obama? Are you saying he inherited a great fortune? Trump's books are useful as texts at Trump University.

frank papcin

does anyone know what the 14 amendment says? section 1:=====the right of citizens of the united states to vote in any primary or other elections for president or vice president or for senators or representatives in congress shall not be denied or abridged bythe united states or any state by reason of failure to pay poll tax or any other tax. section2 ====the congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation NO WHERE DOES IT SAY BLACK anything

CRT

The old slippery slope argument AND race baiting. Huzzah, sir!

bromleyh

Even the detestable Bill Maher says this is a loser: https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2019/jun/10/bill-maher-urges-liberals-to-learn-more-about-guns/

CRT

Then by your logic, it must be a winner, right?

bromleyh

Nope. Just freedom to defend oneself.

Spock Here

"knee jerk reactions"? "anti second amendment gun controllers"? Oh, please...spare us your contemptible feeble arguments

bromleyh

Spock is illogical

slowe

AH, here is the predictable, conservative, naive, race baiting, gun-protecting editorial voice of the STAR. Denying that the next mass shooting is preventable but gun dealers and access to machine guns are more important.

bromleyh

You embrace evil: https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2019/06/11/lawyer-gun-free-policy-kept-virginia-beach-victim-unarmed-day-attack/

CRT

Breitbart? What, was InfoWars down?

bromleyh

It’s called freedom of the press. You should check out their Border Chronicles. You might learn something.

bromleyh

Minority Report much?

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