“The ultimate authority … resides in the people alone,”
~James Madison, The Federalist, Number 46
By Alden L. Benton
Vice President Joe Biden finally said something that, unfortunately, makes sense.
Yesterday (January 31) Politico reported the Vice President conceding that gun laws offer no guarantees.
“Nothing we’re going to do is going to fundamentally alter or eliminate the possibility of another mass shooting or guarantee that we will bring gun deaths down to a thousand a year from what we’re at now,” Biden told reporters after meeting with Senate Democrats in the Capitol.
That is the good part. The fact that someone in Washington actually recognizes the fact that more laws won’t do any good is encouraging. Conservatives have been saying this since the first gun laws were proposed.
Welcome to the real world, Mr. Vice President.
However, the Vice President made another statement. According to Politico,
“I believe that the American people will not understand and I think everyone in there, I know everyone in that caucus agrees with me, will not understand if we don’t act,” Biden said.
Biden is probably right in believing his colleagues in the Senate and House want “to do something.” The problem is first, most Americans disagree, and second, both houses of Congress have a bad habit of “doing something, even if it is wrong.”
As I have written in this blog before, there are two competing ideas clashing in this country. One is the Constitution and the limits it places upon the government, including the process. The second is the PSD and their myopic focus on control, which leads to the “do anything, but do it now” mania in Congress.
Conservatives and, I think, most Americans believe that creating a massive federal web of restrictions on gun ownership, creating massive databases through universal registration and background checks, and linking all this data with the Department of Homeland Security and the national healthcare system, is a very dangerous threat to our privacy and our personal freedom.
President Obama and his lackeys like Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) are dangerously out of touch with the American public and their proposals will lead only to tyranny, not safety.
“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined” ~Patrick Henry
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