The new high capacity magazine ban coming to the table in Washington must, like all legislation, pass the test of practicality. Realist Howard Nemerov depicts here http://pajamasmedia.com/tatler/2011/02/03/u-s-attaining-third-world-status , a nation that no longer has the superfluous wealth to allow ridiculously expensive “feel-good” legislation that will offer no genuine benefit to the populace.
Do Google searches on the devastating police layoffs that have taken place from Camden, NJ to Oakland, CA. The thin blue line is being stretched past the breaking point as it is, and is far too thin to be burdened with enforcing a law that would criminalize millions of honest citizens for owning a “high capacity magazine” they have legally purchased and responsibly possessed. Our police are already overburdened and underfunded.
Let’s read the proposed legislation carefully. The original Clinton “high capacity magazine ban” that lasted for a decade “grandfathered” possession of existing magazines. If the new legislation criminalizes the possession of millions of existing magazines, logic would demand that these be paid for when confiscated, as the British government paid so much for the handguns it began confiscating from its citizens by legislative fiat in the late 1990s. Millions of magazines…let’s say $40 value apiece…plus the countless hours it would consume for police officers and prosecutors…you do the math. Insane expense in dollars and manpower, for little if any return in terms of improved public safety.
Are they planning to confiscate without fair market value compensation? Ooohhh…here come some other Constitutional issues that will be very expensive and time consuming to litigate.
The people who propose these foolish measures don’t do their research. They don’t understand the real issues.
We need to remind them – and the huge number of middle-road voters – of this. Don’t expect the NRA to do it for you. Contrary to popular belief, they’re not a giant monolith made of money. Brother Nemerov points that out, here: http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/did-the-national-rifle-association-buy-congress/?singlepage=true Write your representatives in Washington. Write letters to the editor to your local papers. Point out the “unintended consequences” of knee-jerk legislation that does not encompass reality or logic.