The gun control debate is sinking to new depths of stupidity. Some clown has announced on reddit a new Constitutional amendment named after the slain black teen Trayvon Martin. First the proclamation of war:
Hello, I’m Trayvon’s Amendment. I have recently started an earnest campaign to repeal the Second Amendment and replace it with a 28th Amendment which would implement common sense gun control measures as well as generate revenue which could balance the budget.
We have launched a website and are in the process of developing a “potential murderer” database, similar to those used to identify sex offenders. Families should know if someone with the means to shoot their children are living in their neighborhood.
If you think that’s idiotic, check out the language of the proposed amendment:
1. The second amendment of the Constitution of the United States, being no longer necessary to a secure state is hereby nullified.
2. The production and sale of new firearms, being defined as a rifle, pistol, or other gun, will be disallowed until a time in which the number of firearms in circulation is equal to 50% of the population as determined by the Census.
3. No gun may reside in the same building as anyone who has failed a mental health evaluation, as performed by a medical professional, as approved by the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare).
4. A mental health examination, as performed by a medical professional approved by the Affordable Care Act (aka Obamacare) must be passed in order to receive a firearms license.
5. An income tax equal to 4% of an individual’s income will be assessed upon all gun owners. In states which were at any point in time a part of the Confederate States of America, this tax shall be equal to 10% of an individual’s income. Taxes levied under this amendment shall be appropriated in equal portions to programs to expand Affirmative Action programs and begin to pay reparations to the descendants of African slaves.
6. Any person making the choice to own a firearm must carry $250,000 worth of liability insurance for each weapon owned. This insurance must be provided by a publicly owned insurance company to be established.
7. All firearms must be retrofitted with both a global positioning transmitter as well as a fingerprint activated locking mechanism. Failure to comply with this provision will result in a fine, prison time, and forfeiture of the privilege of firearm ownership.
8. The National Rifle Association, Michigan Militia, and other “gun rights” groups shall be considered terrorist operations.
9. United States Marshals will be randomly placed at various “sporting venues,” where a firearm could be otherwise legally discharged. This could include publicly or privately owned venues where the following (but not limited to) take place: hunting areas, shooting ranges.
10. In a calendar year, no person may buy more than 100 rounds of ammunition.
11. Assault rifles, semi-automatic, and automatic weapons, as well as those not fitted with GPS and trigger locking devices will be immediately seized by the government. The owner will be compensated fair market value of the weapon, minus the cost of the seizure operation.
12. President Obama will establish a Secretary of Firearm management. This office will have final say over future gun regulation to prevent against rampant innovation that was not forseen by the second amendment.
There is a little part of me that thinks (hopes) this is biting political satire written by a 2nd Amendment supporter. However, a huge part of me knows this is exactly how liberal gun-haters think. Whatever the case, it is hilarious in its absurdity. I’m sure Dianne Feinstein has taken note and will bring it to the Senate floor ASAP.