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I am a Texan and an American patriot who hauls my family to church every Sunday in a diesel pickup truck, where I sit in the pew and listen to the Word with a 9mm pistol tucked inside the waistband of my fanciest jeans.
The idea is simple but powerful: This license would allow us to carefully vet civilian access to semi-automatic weapons, while overriding state-specific weapon bans and eliminating some of the federal paperwork that ties specific firearms to specific owners.
I offer this idea not only because I actually want to live in a world where it, or something like it, is the law of the land, but also because I and my fellow gun nuts are worried that a storm is coming that will sweep away a substantial portion of our gun rights without really making the country safer in return.
Some of us think this will all blow over, as it always does. And maybe it will. But this time definitely feels different. Our side faces a potent new enemy in the form of private-sector companies like REI, Delta Airlines, Citibank, YouTube and Reddit, which are taking an increasingly anti-gun stance.
My fellow gun owners and I are now concerned not just with the potential erosion of our gun rights at the hands of our government, but also with the erosion of our ability to communicate and to educate about this topic in the online spaces that make up so much of modern civic life.
There is fear, despair and anger on both sides, and neither side wants to give an inch. We seem doomed to fight endlessly over the same handful of half-measures that neither side is happy with. Gun controllers have long desired a national firearm licensing scheme that includes safe storage requirements and a demonstration of basic weapon proficiency; these things would be part of the negotiations.
Maybe gun controllers could offer the pro-gun side something it badly wants, like relaxing the federal restrictions on suppressors, in exchange for them.
He writes about guns and technology for TechCrunch, AllOutdoor. Only a dolt and simpleton believes things like what he is advocating being an advantage for personal safety. Only some in the gun community will actually do this, and certainly not criminals.
Third, a fundamental error he makes runs contrary to the intent of the founders. He advocates centralization of power, which is exactly what the Bill of Rights was intended to prevent albeit imperfectly. Fourth, when he considers the effect on public safety, Stokes ignores the biggest effect, which is mass shootings in gun-free nations at the hands of government actorswhich in the twentieth century was near million souls.
I too love to talk guns, love to work them, love to clean them, assemble and disassemble them, study barrels and twist ratestudy reticle holdover subtensions and scope design, love to build and reverse the process, love to study ballistics, and on the list goes. Rather like boys working on cars when you could rebuild carburetors with float and gasket kits, change the plugs and ignition wires, and set timing on the points all without the involvement of onboard computers or professional mechanics.
It is an agreement, not the source of our rights to be armed.
It is the almighty Himself who issues forth such edicts, and because He has done so, let no man feel the freedom to whisk them away in panicked compromise because he fears loss. There are worse things than losing, and worse things than death.Back to Public Speaking main page.
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