It’s Like They Can’t Even Read Plain English – Or Don’t Want To
Bill Quick

Does Congress even have the jursidiction to pass gun control laws? « Bob Owens

As 21st Century Americans, we’re used to Congress and the White House having a very expansive view of what falls within their purview as government officials, a view that the Founding Fathers would have likely found gross and unconstitutional. William J. Watkins does a commendable job asking, then attempting to answer, a very valid question:

Across the country, Americans are debating the effectiveness of Obama’s gun-control proposals. Commentators on the left argue that automatic weapons and high-capacity magazines aren’t necessary for home defense or hunting. On the right, the president’s critics say limiting guns won’t end violence and point out that no matter what laws Congress passes, criminals will still find ways to be well armed. The proposed legislation, they contend, simply would put law-abiding citizens at a disadvantage.

Both sides are missing the larger question in this debate: Does Congress even have the right to regulate or ban guns?

Short answer: No.

Longer answer: No and no.

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Bill Quick

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.

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It’s Like They Can’t Even Read Plain English – Or Don’t Want To — 1 Comment

  1. The US federal government has long since broken the contract between it and the states and the people. Ref my “Stigmata of Tyranny” post in January 2012 and another bullet list in a lengthy comment fairly recently. (No links, sorry; gotta bugger off to work.) The US federal government is a lawless, criminal organization under its own charter.

    Stopping illegal laws one at a time obviously isn’t working. Penalizing individual lawmakers and judges and bureaucrats and police (eg, if you voted for this restriction on public access to guns, you can never work for the federal government in any capacity for the rest of your life) might do some good. I think the entire edifice needs to be torn down and started over.