Michael Moore, who everyday looks more and more like an old lesbian cat lady, decided to draft his perfect Constitutional Amendment to eliminate our right to keep and bare arms.
The inalienable right of a free people to be kept safe from gun violence and the fear thereof must not be infringed and shall be protected by the Congress and the States. This Amendment thus repeals and replaces the Second Amendment.
Congress shall create a mandatory system of firearm registration and licensing for the following limited purposes: (a) licensed hunters of game; (b) licensed ranges for the sport of target shooting; and (c) for the few who can demonstrate a special need for personal protection.
All who seek a firearm will undergo a strict vetting process with a thorough background check, including the written and confidential approval of family members, spouses and ex-spouses and/or partners and ex-partners, co-workers and neighbors. A mental health check will also be required. There will be a waiting period of one month to complete the full background check.
Those who meet all the requirements for the restricted gun owners groups and successfully pass the background check must take a firearms safety class and pass a written test on an annual basis.
The minimum age for the restricted groups who can own a firearm is 25 years old. Renewal and review of the firearms license will occur on an annual basis.
Congress will stipulate and continually update the limited list of approved firearms for civilian use, including weapons in the future that are not yet invented. The following firearms are heretofore banned:
• All automatic and semi-automatic weapons and all devices which can enable a single-shot gun to fire automatically or semi-automatically;
• Any weapon that can hold more than six bullets or rounds at a time or any magazine that holds more than six bullets;
• All guns made of plastic or any homemade equipment and machinery or a 3D printer that can make a gun or weapon that can take a human life.
Congress shall regulate all ammunition, capacity of ammunition, the storage of guns, gun locks, gun sights, body armor and the sale and distribution of such items. No weapons of any kind whose sole intention is the premeditated elimination of human life are considered legal. Congress may create future restrictions as this amendment specifically does not grant any American the “right” to own any weapon.
Police who are trained and vetted to use firearms shall be subject to comprehensive and continuous monitoring and shall be dismissed if found to exhibit any racist or violent behavior.
Persons already owning any of the above banned firearms, and who do not fall into the legal groups of restricted firearms owners, will have one month from the ratification of this Amendment to turn in their firearms for destruction by local law enforcement. These local authorities may organize a gun buy-back program to assist in this effort.
First and foremost, it is an grotesque affront to our Constitution that any Amendment exist to curtail the freedoms of Americans.
Our Constitution exists to limit the powers of Government, not the people.
Only one previous Amendment has ever done that and it was the 18th Amendment instituting prohibition. It was repealed by the 21st Amendment 14 years later.
Any true American who understands the point of our Constitution would be offended by the idea of another Amendment restricting the rights of the people. But Moore is a Progressive, like the Progressives of the temperance movement, and he believes he can make the world better by restricting rights.
A more specific reading of his Amendment shows that it is impossible.
The inalienable right of a free people to be kept safe from gun violence and the fear thereof must not be infringed and shall be protected by the Congress and the States.
Exactly how is this enforced? How does the government keep you safe from gun violence and fear? Does law enforcement not try to do that now? Will making it a Constitutional Amendment make government more effective at doing what they are ineffective at doing?
But the biggest takeaway is that just like the 18th Amendment, this version of prohibition will also plunge the nation into a crime wave.
Will criminals who have guns give them up? Doubtful, because currently they don’t despite state laws.
Law abiding citizens will be disarmed and preyed upon.
The demand for guns by criminals and the previously law abiding who want to own them will create a massive black market. Crime empires will rise on the trade if illegal guns. It will be war in the streets.
The federal government will create new federal law enforcement bureaucracies and freedom restricting laws to try and stop the problem they created.
It will be the Roaring 20s all over again, but worse.
But at least Moore can feel like his did something.