Pass Good Gun Laws and Prevent Bad Ones: Slow Down

By Dean Weingarten

Pass Good Gun Laws and Prevent Bad Ones: Slow Down
Dean Weingarten
Dean Weingarten

Arizona -(Ammoland.com)- How does the United States pass good gun laws and prevent bad ones? President Trump had the best response.

“We'll talk about that later,” Trump told reporters at the White House when asked about gun reform Tuesday morning.

A nation has to have good laws if it is to survive and thrive. Since nations came into existence, it has become obvious that a ruling authority, or government, is necessary for people to survive and thrive. Without a ruling authority, force becomes the only law.

The strongest, the best with weapons, survive as long as they can fight, defend, or subjugate others. Mankind has painfully learned a central authority is necessary to reduce internal violence and to defend against external threats.

But, the government itself becomes a means to prey upon people, both internally and externally. The central dilemma of good government is to find a way to optimize the level of government power. Enough for internal peace (domestic tranquility) and to prevent invasion (provide for the common defense), but not so much as to become oppressive (secure the blessings of liberty) while promoting the general welfare.

The genius of the United States was in recognizing the dilemma and designing a system to accomplish those objectives.  Most governments in the world do not acknowledge the problem.

Democracy was an early approach to prevent government from becoming tyrannical. But democracies have severe disadvantages. One of these is that they are subject to emotional crises. Groups of people are subject to making, or of being convinced, in the heat of the moment, of doing things they never would do if they took the time to coolly consider the problem, or legislation to solve it.

To prevent that problem in the United States, the government was specifically designed to prevent legislation from passing quickly, in the heat of the moment.  Passing laws in the heat of the moment is bad policy, and almost always results in bad law. James Madison wrote about democracies in Federalist #10.

A common passion or interest will, in almost every case, be felt by a majority of the whole; a communication and concert result from the form of government itself; and there is nothing to check the inducements to sacrifice the weaker party or an obnoxious individual. Hence it is that such democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths.

Madison explained in Federalist #62, that the Senate was designed, in part to prevent the quick and intemperate passage of laws.

Good gun law, as with good law in general, should not be passed quickly, in the heat of the moment. When reason and facts are carefully considered, most gun laws fail. It is why most bills fail to become law. It is why most bad gun laws are passed in response to specific, isolated, incidents. Bad gun laws pass when politicians use an emotional crises as cover to pass bad legislation.

Most people understand the consequences of impulsive action. To prevent bad gun law, appeal to people to slow down the process until emotions have cooled. Explain to them that they are being played by power brokers who use crises to pass laws long ago formulated in anticipation of a crisis.

“Progressives” want no limits on government power. The history of the movement is rife with examples of “progressives” who rail against Constitutional constraints as being “outdated” and preventing “progress”.  “Progressives” disdain the ordinary man and call for a rule by the elite, which they conveniently identify as themselves.

There are good gun laws that should be passed. Several have been introduced in the Congress this session. Two stand out: a national reciprocity law, which would defend the exercise of Second Amendment rights across the United States, and a reform of the antiquated and unreasonable restrictions on the sale of gun silencers or gun mufflers. Logic, reason, and facts support both of those laws. There is considerable support for both laws in the legislature and among the population. Most opposition comes from the establishment media.

These laws will be passed by steady pressure brought over time. The approach has been used in most states to reform gun laws into a closer alignment with the Second Amendment.

Progressives found a way to bypass many of the checks and balance protections of the Constitution. They took over the mass media. How it happened is detailed nicely in Partisan Journalism, by Jim A. Kuypers.

The media became a way for leftists (progressives) to bypass the protections of the Constitution with emotional crises. Rahm Emanual quoted the radical Saul Alynsky when he said “Never let a crisis go to waste.” Proponents of good government need to fight that effect. Government by crises only “works” on the assumption that elites cynically use crises for the improvement of everyone.

History has shown the assumption to be false.

Slow down the process. Call for reasoned discourse. Decry emotional responses. Passing laws during a time of crises is bad political theory. It makes for bad law.

©2017 by Dean Weingarten: Permission to share is granted when this notice is included.

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About Dean Weingarten:

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

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David
David
1 year ago

1. Lets Created Real Gun Production Cut down by (0.79)% Cut off Every Month too! Agree! Only Allow For Orders By only Allow (010)% Mfg. Long guns First too! Production will be (0.04 %) per 0ne Year of 365 Days too! And Divided by 12 Monthys Period too! Agree!!The Only Allow Handgun Production Every Year: is (0.03) % only Semi auto” semantics .An Only Allow for Revolvers orders ;by (0.01) % too! Agree!!! the F.F.L.s Retailers Store Fronts Gun Dealers Retailers Is (01) (02) Regulars F.F.L.s Gun Dealers Only too! Agree! Yes? They Should do it too! To Stop the… Read more »

James Higginbotham
James Higginbotham
2 years ago

what about DO NOT INFRINGE DON’T THEY GET?
there is NO SUCH ANIMAL AS A GOOD GUN LAW.

Alan
Alan
2 years ago

An important note to our elected representatives at federal, state and local levels. Legislate in haste, repent at leisure.

Tim
Tim
2 years ago

The only good gun laws are the ones that keep Government’s nose out of law abiding citizen’s business & the bad ones are already on the books…it would be nice to delete them from law & punish the bad citizens who do bad things with guns.

Mark Are
Mark Are
2 years ago

“A nation has to have good laws if it is to survive and thrive. Since nations came into existence, it has become obvious that a ruling authority, or government, is necessary for people to survive and thrive. Without a ruling authority, force becomes the only law.” All the law we need is simple…DO NO HARM. Any law that makes something a crime when there is no victim is morally reprehensible. The rest can be trashed. BUT without a “ruling authority” force becomes the only law…HAAAA…the RULING AUTHORITY uses force all the time to maintain it’s domination over the rights of… Read more »

Jim Macklin
Jim Macklin
2 years ago

The forces of tyranny, be they communists, religious or purely criminal can always create a crisis on demand. Defenders must wait for the sthtf or they can create a “police state” which means that the idea of freedom from government loses because of fear of the killers.
That is what constitutions are intended to prevent by limiting government over reach.

JS
JS
2 years ago

I would say the Senate is very successful at going slow. At times they are so slow they are going backwards. MAybe some day they could figure out something between inaction and rushing to judgement.

oldshooter
oldshooter
2 years ago
Reply to  JS

Think about this one:
If “pro” is the opposite of “con,” and progress means to go forward, then what does Congress mean?

VE Veteran - Old Man's Club
VE Veteran - Old Man's Club
2 years ago

Well Dean, that is something the Democrats love to do, pass bad legislation based on emotional frenzy. Of course their end game is about controlling the masses and all the power so that they can enact their Socialist agenda. They don’t care who gets hurt or who gets the shaft, its all about their idea of power and fairness.

VT Patriot
VT Patriot
2 years ago

Look at “Sandy Hoax” in CT. Some deranged killer shot up a CLOSED school after murdering his mom to get the keys to the weapons safe. And all the ‘witnesses’ were broadway or minor film ‘actors’. 45 days after the ‘shooting’, the state legislature put out a bill banning all ‘assault rifles’ and “high capacity clips”. No grandfather clause, no definition of assault rifles other than “AR types”. A friend of mine from CT returned to his home to find out he is a felon because he owned a few of them. He was returning from Afghanistan and was too… Read more »