I'm getting a lot of comments on yesterday's post generally along the line of "shall not be infringed" means exactly what it says. Well, sure, but that hasn't helped us so far.
The Queen Of The World points out that one of my (many charming) foibles is that I often don't explain myself in these posts. She's clearly right on that here.
This Bill Of Rights is not intended to restore second amendment liberty, bringing back the status quo ante 1870. Rather, it is to arm our legislative allies with a pre-packaged, soundbite-worthy legislative answer to the endless series of "ZOMG THERE's BLOOD IN THE STREETS WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING FOR THE CHILDRENZ!!!eleventy!" Every time this comes up, they just open the filing cabinet and pull this out. Then they can say well you always talk about compromise; how about some of this?
The point is that it needs to be seen by the great mass of voters as reasonable, understandable, and common sense. Then the repeated refusals of the Brady crowd et al will begin to be seen as unreasonable infringement on our rights. And after five or six or twenty of these episodes these voters might just listen when we say "shall not be infringed" means exactly what it says.
Maybe. Or maybe not. However, I would suggest that what we've been doing hasn't been working for us. "Do it again only harder" doesn't seem to be the high percentage shot, either. Maybe this won't work, but we have to make it easier for friendly legislators to fight our battle. This Bill Of Rights proposal is my attempt to help.
Look, my personal view is pretty much as a 2A absolutist. I think it would be cool to have a tank - a real working one, with live ammo. The Queen Of The World rolls her eyes at me when I say this, and my pocketbook whimpers in pain, but it would be cool. But that's not (yet) the majority view in the Republic. I want to bring the majority view closer to where we stand.
Right now, Bloomberg's flying monkeys are inflicting death by a thousand cuts on us. I want our friends in the Legislature to be able to start slicing back.