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Senator Gibson’s backdoor gun grab



balasIf Senator Audrey Gibson’s (D-Jacksonville) latest gem is any indication, it may appear that gun-grabbing legislators are running out of creative ways in which to impinge on an individual’s right to keep and bear arms.  That does not, however, make her latest proposal any less ridiculous or groundless.

From Fox News:

A Florida legislator wants anyone trying to buy ammunition to complete an anger management program first, in what critics say is the latest example of local lawmakers reaching for constitutionally-dubious solutions to the problem of gun violence.

The bill filed Saturday by state Sen. Audrey Gibson, D-Jacksonville, would require a three-day waiting period for the sale of any firearm and the sale of ammunition to anyone who has not completed anger management courses. The proposal would require ammo buyers to take the anger management courses every 10 years.

“This is not about guns,” Gibson said. “This is about ammunition and not only for the safety of the general community, but also for the safety of law enforcement.”

Let’s be real, though.  This is not at all about the children, or about law enforcement officer safety, or about anything else other than ongoing efforts to strip us of our Second Amendment rights.  I know that this can be nothing other than a backdoor gun grab because Gibson goes on to say:

“It’s about getting people to think, really, about how much ammunition they need,” Gibson said. “It’s a step, I think, in a safer direction. It’s about getting people to think before they buy.”

See, per Gibson’s rationale you don’t need that, just like you don’t need that 2-liter soda, or that cheeseburger, or that gas-guzzling pickup truck.  Those of us who value our freedoms and can see the long game recognize that this is just part of a play.  In this case, Gibson recognizes that Floridians would rightly recoil against hard ban restrictions á la New York, so better to sugarcoat the gun grab; and cover the iron statist fist with the velvet glove of good intentions.  But soft coercion is still coercion.  

This flaming turd of a bill will surely get laughed out of Tally faster than you can say “reload”, but it can, and will, get play in places like Albany, Sacramento, and Denver.  

The Bill of Rights is a seamless garment, and the undoing of any one of those fundamental rights will effectively unravel them all.  This particular effort at undoing our Second Amendment rights deserves our ridicule, but also warrants our vigilance.

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Jorge Bonilla

Jorge Bonilla is a Republican candidate for the U.S. Congress in Florida’s 9th Congressional District.

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