Vail Daily column: It’s ‘regulate’ fanatics, not control
OK, I get it, there are two sides to every story and usually more for every political issue.
Fanatics on each side will take every little tidbit of misinformation to the utmost extreme, regardless of validity, if there is the slightest possibility that it could help convince another ignoramus to “see things” their way.
So when the president announces an effort — no matter how superficial — to do “something … anything” to preserve our Constitutional rights while also identifying ways to prevent gun violence from infringing upon people’s right to bear arms, I’m not surprised those who “want their country back” immediately start tossing around popular Internet buzzwords like “dictator” and “tyranny.”
Problem is, though, the country was never “theirs” in the first place; it belongs to all of us.
These people live their lives in absolute fear and call it freedom. I believe their mental state is part of the reason they fear background checks so strongly.
If one actually reads the 23 executive orders signed last week, none should be considered radical by any means, and of course no laws were changed or created, as that itself would be illegal.
Ninety-nine percent of those overreacting have no idea what an executive order is, much less what strict parameters are involved.
Executive orders have been a legal feature of the American governmental system since its inception. They cannot be used to create “new” background checks, “new” waiting periods, or ban the sale of any particular gun or clip. They can expand on or clarify an existing law, but cannot independently create one.
Put simply, the president cannot create laws; only Congress has the ability. And of course anything done by executive order can be undone by executive order, meaning they do not automatically exist from one presidency to another. Yes, President Trump could “unsign” each one, as he so eloquently said last week.
So fanatics, please calm down and try arming yourself with knowledge, and those of you who mocked the president for showing emotion over murdered children need to look in a mirror and view the sociopath.
If you were able to purchase a gun before, you are still able to today.
An attempt is being made to better regulate transactions so fewer with mental health issues, felons, etc. can purchase one. No evil boogeyman is coming for your guns.
You entertain fantasies of playing the hero in a Denver mall skirmish, fine.
You want to carry your pistol while shopping at Safeway, fine, but keep your skirt on if I snicker when I see it.
You want to believe that your semi-automatic rifle or pistol you bought at Wal-Mart will allow you to defend yourself against hellfire missiles launched from drones, fine.
You want to pack up the kids and head to an Oregon bird sanctuary to make a stand for what you believe to be your liberty, I’ll pay for your gas.
Of course criminals will continue to procure guns.
Of course innocent people, including many children, will continue to die.
And just like those who insist the world will magically transform overnight if their candidate replaces Obama in the White House, the implementation and results from common sense regulation will take time.
Besides, who honestly thinks sitting back and doing absolutely nothing is a better idea?
I look forward to finding out.
Richard Carnes, of Edwards, writes weekly. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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