Sometimes you hear pro-gun conservatives say that we don’t need gun control laws; we just need to enforce the laws that we have. You know, like if someone commits murder or rape and is convicted, don’t let him back on the streets. Ever. He should be put to death, but as long as we’re going to be too cowardly to allow our laws to have teeth, then he should spend the rest of his life in jail.
But that’s not what we have. Prosecutors and judges have far too much compassion for violent criminals. They let them go free after a relatively short time in jail. Then, they act surprised when the criminal commits more crimes. Maybe he murders someone else or rapes another woman. Letting these criminals go free is not enforcing the laws. So, we argue that the laws that we have should be enforced. It’s not the guns’ fault. It’s the criminals’ fault and the fault of compassionate judges for not punishing these individuals appropriately.
In the Massachusetts town of Swampscott, Selectman Barry Greenfield wants to ensure that gun-owning residents there are abiding by the gun laws. Massachusetts law states the following:
It shall be unlawful to store or keep any firearm, rifle or shotgun including, but not limited to, large capacity weapons, or machine gun in any place unless such weapon is secured in a locked container or equipped with a tamper-resistant mechanical lock or other safety device, properly engaged so as to render such weapon inoperable by any person other than the owner or other lawfully authorized user. For purposes of this section, such weapon shall not be deemed stored or kept if carried by or under the control of the owner or other lawfully authorized user.
In his attempt to “enforce existing laws,” he’s proposing that police officers be allowed to inspect gun-owners’ homes. He’s got to make sure these people are abiding by the law, right?
He’s trying to prevent another Sandy Hook incident, since, he says, in the majority of school shootings, kids had obtained guns from their parents. Never mind the fact that in probably a larger majority, these kids were on psychotropic drugs. Maybe they should also start inspecting homes of those families which have prescription drugs to make sure the kids don’t have access to them.
Heck, why stop at gun-owners and those with prescription drugs? Just start setting up checkpoints around town so that police can inspect everyone’s cars and persons to make sure they’re not doing anything criminal or hiding something. Wouldn’t that be “enforcing the law?” They could claim they’re trying to prevent another James Holmes theater shooting. People would totally buy it. They’d rather live their lives as slaves and prisoners where they’re kept “safe and secure” at all times than run the risk of dying free men.