New York Senator Chuck Schumer attempted to sneak a gun control provision limiting magazine capacity into a cybersecurity bill last night, and then had the temerity to complain when exposed, “Maybe we could come together on guns if each side gave some.”
During the entirety of his long anti-gun career, neither Shumer nr his allies have voiced an interest in compromise when they felt they were dealing from a position of strength. At this moment in history, the anti-gun movement is on life support. We, the supporters of the Constitution, are in the position of strength.
Perhaps it is time for us to consider some of the compromises we might willing to make.
As self-appointed spokesman of all things ballistic and good, I offer Senator Schumer the following hypothetical compromises to consider with his gun-grabbing brethren:
- In exchange for adding flamethrowers to the items regulated by the National Firearms Act of 1934 (NFA 34), suppressors are to be removed entirely from the NFA. They are noise reduction devices with little actual use in crime, and are proven beneficial to social health, which is why they are encouraged even in firearms-averse European countries.
- In exchange for giving the Department of Justice the option to set up mobile National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) at at commercial gun shows for the voluntary use of sellers that do not have a FFL of their own, the often arbitrary local law-enforcement sign-off of NFA weapons will be discarded.
- In exchange for the creating of felony trafficking laws that make it easier for the federal government to prosecute arms smugglers for felonies and add additional years and fines to straw purchasing convictions, the so-called “Hughes Amendment” to the 1986 Firearms Owners Protection Act (FOPA) will be struck from the record, allowing those citizens willing to go through the established processes to own NFA-regulated firearms manufactured after 1986.
There are other compromises I would be willing to consider in an attempt to make “common sense” revisions to federal guns–perhaps the explicit outlawing of the massive 975 JDJ cartridge in trade for a federally recognized concealed carry permit– but first I’d be interested in discovering in anti-gun activists and politicians are interested in real compromise, or if they are just disguising their prohibitionist leanings during a time of weakness.