04 March 2015
Representative John Sarbanes Replies About Gun Controls
Sadly, people who do not believe in the 2nd Amendment are far too common in American society. Most of them believe in the ubiquitous use of government force to dictate value choices and to micromanage the lives of individuals unknown to them and about whom they do not care even a smidgeon.
The way of life of a criminal depends upon the ability to initiate the use of force. Having dangerous weapons is at the center of his profession. Most Americans are very busy with their careers in the peaceful private sector in which force is not initiated. We have two major dangers we face. One is the individual or small gang initiator of force. The other is the huge gang initiator of force which is Big Government grown well-beyond the scope of its legitimate powers by the constant refusal to recognize its constitutional limits and the guiding philosophy of government expressed in the Declaration of Independence.
The way the state government of Maryland enacts the sentiments of John Sarbanes is to put up many barriers to "dangerous weapons" acquisition and ownership. The barriers are huge for busy people living peaceful lives, but in need of protection from those who initiate the use of force. Those barriers are manifestly ineffective in keeping "dangerous weapons" out of the hands of criminals and busybody authoritarian politicians and their government employees.
In 2013, the murder rate in Maryland was 6.5/ 100,000 people. In the USA as a whole, it was 4.49/ 100,000 people. So Maryland's already onerous barriers to "dangerous weapons" are not working, at least not to protect its citizens from murder. To be sure, this conclusion does rest on the assumption that Marylanders are not just bad people compared to other Americans. That may be bad people can be argued because they vote pretty consistently for Democrat authoritarians! In fact, the very time-consuming and onerous barriers to gun ownership is very likely a major contributing cause to the high murder rate in Maryland.