Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Serious about reducing gun crime? Enforce existing laws!
Although I dislike the NRA’s keen jerk reaction against most, if not all, gun control proposals. I think I understand their logic. After every atrocity involving a gun, there are calls for new controls. Some of these controls are enacted. After the next round of atrocities the cry is that we need more gun control. New controls are enacted which don’t work and the cycle continues to squeeze Second Amendment rights. These laws are obeyed only by honest, law abiding citizens who may suffer a diminution of their rights and abilities to defend themselves and their families. Too often the real problem, which is failure to enforce existing laws, is ignored. Enforcement cost money and it’s cheaper for politicians to pretend that just one more law, enforced or not, will help solve the problem. Another example of politicians playing the “let’s pretend” game. Many citizens naively think laws are self-enforcing and that criminals care about conforming to gun control laws.
Excellent examples of non-enforcement involve state and federal laws which deprive convicted domestic violence offenders and subjects of family violence orders from possessing firearms. A number of courts have found that these laws do not violate the Second Amendment. However, as in Dallas, little or nothing is done to disarm these people. After the Dallas Morning News published a report about non-enforcement, Dallas County (TX) finally came up with a plan. However, is assigning one part-time Sheriff's deputy enough.? I doubt it. It sounds like another case of when being confronted with an egrergious failure, government officials play the "let's pretend" that obviously insufficient funding and staffing will solve the problem.