A County Resolution
The Second Amendment Resolution.
I don’t own a gun. My wife owns guns - has for many years. These are safely secured in an undisclosed location in our home. This was done before our extended family brought their infants and toddlers into our home, but, now, it is even more imperative than before.
Guns in the wrong hands scare the be-jesus out of me. By “wrong hands” I mean the people who kill hundreds every month on the streets of Chicago. By “wrong hands” I mean Dylann Roof. By “wrong hands” I mean the young people who have plagued Greenwood with an epidemic of gun violence last year and this. Guns in trained hands - by “trained hands” I mean law enforcement - also can be problematic, because there’s always the human element of fear, over-reaction, and power - but these are necessary to keep the peace.
So it is with concern that I examine last Tuesday’s actions of the Laurens County Council. Apparently, there is concern nationwide that “the government is coming after our guns” - even though the Trump Administration has enacted no such policy. And, remember now, it is the Trump Administration that would be taking this action - the Obama Administration is gone - has been for 3 1/2 years. The US Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Homeland Security - presumably the American “gun collectors” - and most courts are firmly in control of the Trump Administration. So, why is there this nagging fear that someone is coming for our guns?
Fear, is the operative word.
Russian hackers are spreading fear across the internet. Political people capitalize on fear to remain in office - “Now is NOT the time for change,” is their favorite mantra. So, they spread fear that there is some kind of secret gun connection initiative spreading like wildfire through the land. The people spreading this fear find it difficult to sell their point in State Legislatures, so they are going after “easy pickins” - the County and City Councils of America. In South Carolina, this started in Columbia, where the mayor is firmly on record as supporting the idea of removing guns from the “wrong hands”. The State Legislature of Virginia is considering similar sanctions.
The answer to all this hysteria is simple, of course - simply, The Congress should re-enact The Brady Bill. Named for the Reagan Administration’s press secretary severely wounded in an assassination attempt, the measure put restrictions on weapons that fire with automatic action. For several years these, legally, were in the hands only of law enforcement. Then, it was allowed to expire.
Gun hysteria followed. It’s time to put that law back on the books. If for no other reason than it might help Laurens - where a gun show was conducted just recently at the Fairgrounds building. Collectors came and looked over potential purchases - we hope not, but we suspect so, some of these “collectibles” might even have made their way into the wrong hands.
(Vic MacDonald is editor of The Clinton Chronicle. The views expressed here are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of The Chronicle. MacDonald can be reached at 833-1900 or email@example.com)