Monday, April 11, 2016

Article V

The Constitution of the United States
Article. V.

The Congress, whenever two thirds of both Houses shall deem it necessary, shall propose Amendments to this Constitution, or, on the Application of the Legislatures of two thirds of the several States, shall call a Convention for proposing Amendments, which, in either Case, shall be valid to all Intents and Purposes, as Part of this Constitution, when ratified by the Legislatures of three fourths of the several States, or by Conventions in three fourths thereof, as the one or the other Mode of Ratification may be proposed by the Congress; Provided that no Amendment which may be made prior to the Year One thousand eight hundred and eight shall in any Manner affect the first and fourth Clauses in the Ninth Section of the first Article; and that no State, without its Consent, shall be deprived of its equal Suffrage in the Senate.

Gun control, to me, is a straight forward issue -- amend the Constitution. I am not always a fan of firearms, or how people choose to use firearms, nor do I own any firearms; but I know you cannot legislate away human faults. Telling people they cannot do something because it is against the law does not magically solve the problem. Even if gun legislation were to become amended in the Constitution, there would be an illegal market to facilitate the desire to own firearms. Prohibition in the 1920s and 30s made alcohol illegal, and yet the market provided. Alaskan villages who do not allow alcohol in their villages are still targeted by smugglers. Drugs are illegal and yet we still have a strong drug presence in this country. Wouldn't the legislation against firearms turn this into another "War On Drugs" scenario, with the inefficient financial costs of enforcing the law outweighing the intended benefit? If you want to legislate anything, focus on attachments and other after market modifications that are not Constitutionally protected, e.g., magazine sizes, foregrips, digital optics.

Regardless, gun control in this day and age is becoming irrelevant as technology continues to advance. Who needs a Class 3 license when all you need is a 3D Printer and the materials to create your own unregistered firearm?

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