Friday, April 27, 2007

Disarm America : Two Easy Steps, 90 Days to 'No Guns'!

Just when you thought that everyone understands that the intellectual argument has been won, along comes a zinger. According to an Op-Ed piece in the Toledo Blade, there is a simple way to disarm the American people:

The disarmament process would begin after the initial three-month amnesty. Special squads of police would be formed and trained to carry out the work. Then, on a random basis to permit no advance warning, city blocks and stretches of suburban and rural areas would be cordoned off and searches carried out in every business, dwelling, and empty building. All firearms would be seized. The owners of weapons found in the searches would be prosecuted: $1,000 and one year in prison for each firearm.
The immediate goal? Gun Free Zones, similar to Virginia Tech, or perhaps the largest of them all, Washington, DC. After an effective sweep, citizens in the area would be subject to random stop-and-searches:
Clearly, since such sweeps could not take place all across the country at the same time. But fairly quickly there would begin to be gun-swept, gun-free areas where there should be no firearms. If there were, those carrying them would be subject to quick confiscation and prosecution. On the streets it would be a question of stop-and-search of anyone, even grandma with her walker, with the same penalties for "carrying."

America's long land and sea borders present another kind of problem. It is easy to imagine mega-gun dealerships installing themselves in Mexico, and perhaps in more remote parts of the Canadian border area, to funnel guns into the United States. That would constitute a problem for American immigration authorities and the U.S. Coast Guard, but not an insurmountable one over time.
We could just tack this task on to our current longest "war," the one on drugs!

The author has reserved a loophole for hunters, who would be allowed to withdraw their rifles from heavily fortified armories during hunting season, after undergoing an annual background check and an on-site psych evaluation.

The author styles himself a retired ambassador. He must have been an undercover diplomat, as neither Google nor the other major search engines know of him.

He denies that he is a "crazed liberal zealot" but he is a member of the paper's editorial board, which indicates otherwise.

It would be good to know to which country he was an ambassador as it might help with the diagnosis of the infection he brought back with him.

Or, perhaps, this is just a Rovian ploy to motivate the gun guys.

If so, it'll do that!

UPDATE: Mr. Simpson was originally a Johnson administration appointee, who served in several African countries, where he apparently developed his fondness for house-to-house searches and command and control governments.

UPDATE: Eugene Volokh has a telling analogy at The Volokh Conspiracy.

UPDATE: Captain Ed will be discussing Mr. Simpson's disarmament plan for America on AM 1280 The Patriot from 1-3 CT today. Bar your doors, then listen in!


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Anonymous said...

"We could just tack this task on to our current longest "war", the one on drugs!"

Umm, Sir, how's THAT war working out for you?

Anonymous said...

This should work at least as well as prohibition did!! There are those who simply don't get it-violence has been around since long before guns, and they just find other tools to use.

Anonymous said...

2 words - Molon Labe.

Anonymous said...

Mr. Simpson would have to start by burning the Constitution. To accomplish he's goals, he would have to voilate the Fourth and Fifth Amendments along with the obvious Second Amendment.

This individual is a complete whack-job. He lacks the most fundimental understanding of governence in United States, how most people behave and the realities of our society.

It's amazing that any self-repecting editor could read this senseless drivel and still think it was fit to print. It shows just how far journalism has fallen.

Anonymous said...

Wow. I think there'd be a civil war if the Gvt tried that. But hey, it's only two of your rights down the toilet, right?

Anonymous said...

I don't even own a gun, but glad other do. You sir are a true nut, and I truly hope you DO NOT own a gun!!!

Anonymous said...

I really do not want to bear arms against a tyrannacal gov't. But, I will.

What mercenaries will be employed to perform the confiscation and the corraling of citizens? Our police and military will surely not do this.

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."

Anonymous said...

Does anyone remember what Patrick Henry said? "Give me Liberty or give me death". I believe in this statement right down to my bones. I have served in the military for 24 years and for what. Do I serve just to have some "Jack Ass" say I cannot own a weapon. A weapon I would use for self defense of myself, family, and who ever. Just because our leagal system is broke, don't think you can just take away our freedoms. I and I know many many others will fight to keep America free. That's what I am doing now. I am not here to harm anyone but to keep America free as it should be. So do what you will "But for me and my house we will serve the the Lord and fight to keep what God has given us and ordained us to be.

Anonymous said...

There are some 70 to 90 mullion American gun owners. If guns were banned, perhaps all but 5 or 10 million of them would meekly turn in their guns.

But the remainder of us are blindly loyal American patriots. When liberals joke about "our cold dead hands," we are not laughing. And when the police make the raids on our homes to pick up our "illegal" firearms,
people would die.

It's a shame to have to say that, but that's just the way it is, here in the United States. I, for one, am elderly. I have no dependents. I have only my freedom. And I'll die for it in a heartbeat.

Anonymous said...

this guy is a whack job, fairy tale pipe smoking hippie. This is a horrible idea that would never work. I can't believe this article was published.

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