There has been a lot of talk lately about the need for “common sense” gun laws. But what are common sense gun laws?
Is it common sense to make it harder, if not impossible, for average citizens to protect themselves? Is it common sense to expect a person to need less protection at home than when at a gun range? Is it common sense to punish people for what you’re afraid they might do, but not what they actually do?
Yet these are exactly the “common sense” laws that have been passed. These laws make it harder for law abiding citizens to purchase, store, and carry firearms for their own protection, yet do little to prevent criminals from acquiring them. These laws limit the amount of ammunition a law abiding citizen can readily carry for their protection, yet do little to prevent criminals from carrying as much ammunition as possible. These laws punish law abiding citizens who have not used their weapons to harm anyone, yet they do little to stop criminals from using weapons to rob, kill, and destroy.
Is it common sense to punish the innocent and not the guilty? Apparently, in Washington D.C. and many state capitals, it is.
Does that make it common sense or foolish sense?