I am a libertarian. I believe in minimal government intrusion in our lives. I believe that government should only do for us what we cannot do ourselves. With that being said, I think it is now time for automatic and semi-automatic weapons, to be banned.
In 1783, the founding fathers of the United States crafted the Bill of Rights. The Second Amendment reads as follows:
“A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”
The typical gun in use was a “Brown Bess” musket. It would take a skilled solider 15-30 seconds to reload this gun. The average farmer, it would take a minute.
A semi-automatic 12-round hand gun can empty it’s magazine in under 15 seconds. If the weapons we had now, were available in 1783, the Second Amendment would look at lot differently.
What reason does any person, who is not military or police, need a semi-automatic handgun, or an automatic rifle? There is no reason.
A libertarian believes that government should only do things when individuals cannot do it themselves. Since Americans cannot stop buying semi-automatic and automatic weapons, it is time for the government to step in and ban them. Not just ban new sales, remove them from those who own them.
I have no issue with people having rifles if they hunt, but there is no hunter who’ll hunt with a Beretta 92S or a Sig Sauer 9mm. No one needs these. Time for them to go.
In Canada, we got rid of the long-gun registry. I think the opposition to the gun registry was mostly based on the fees to register. I have to register my car, I should have to register my gun.
Registered guns don’t stop people from committing crime, so we need more officers everywhere stopping gun running. But if there is a ban on Automatic and Semi-Automatic weapons, the companies will stop making them. Which means they’ll be less available and therefore, less crime, hopefully.
It’s often said that Guns don’t kill people, People kill people. No. Guns don’t kill people, but they are efficient tools that makes killing people a lot easier.