Press Release:“After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn’t do it.” ~ William S. Burroughs
The Obama Administration claims to want to “end gun violence” with “sensible and common sense” solutions. “Who can be against common sense?,” asks Jim Maas, former Chair of the Libertarian Party of Wisconsin. “However, we have yet to see a proposal which would have prevented a deranged shooter from using a government designated “gun-free zone” as a shooting range.”
But, they don’t claim to want to prevent mass murders by suicidal maniacs; they want to control guns, emphasis on the control part. Why is that? And, how would they achieve that goal, legally and constitutionally?
The options seem to be limited since our national government is prohibited from “infringing” on the right to keep and bear arms. Wisconsin has our own constitution. It limits gun laws in Article I, Section 25 which says “The people have the right to keep and bear arms for security, defense, hunting, recreation or any other lawful purpose.” “Any lawful purpose” could include self protection.
We are told we would only have to submit to “reasonable” laws, like the restrictions which were imposed on the citizens of Oregon. States can impose as many draconian regulations as their citizens will endure.
President Obama has stated, “no single law [and] no set of laws can eliminate evil from the world or prevent every senseless act of violence.” We agree.
Those who want to restrict the rights of others can not be influenced by logic and reason. The facts include:
- Violent crime – including violent crime using guns – has dropped massively over the past 20 years.
- Mass shootings have not increased in recent years.
- Schools are getting safer.
- There are more guns in circulation than ever before.
- “Assault Weapons Bans” are generally ineffective. For example, Connecticut has an assault weapons ban. (Interesting fact: the Newtown shooter left the AR-15 in the trunk during his rampage and used pistols in the school.)
Libertarians know we will not be safer by disarming our people. If Congress caves in to pressure, we should expect Wisconsin to protect the rights of Wisconsin citizens, according to the U.S. and Wisconsin Constitutions. The best sensible, common sense solutions are those from the local level, not from Washington.