This is mostly a response to a discussion in the comments section of a post on Libertas and Latte. It’s a bit long for a comment so I’m posting it here. I’m also posting it here because I’m a narcissist and want to post something on my own blog rather than someone else’s, but the first point is still valid.
The original post is about the Indiana mall hero.
I already posted the following comment:
I think I’m with the majority of people who support some gun control measures but not any that would have disarmed Mr. Dicken.
It’s frustrating to me that I don’t see enough people pointing that out. I see people on the right distorting reality as expected by holding up this story as the only piece of data we need to prove that gun laws don’t work, and guys on the left shooting themselves in the foot by only grudgingly acknowledging Mr. Dicken’s heroism rather than holding him up an example of the kind of legally armed citizen who would not be disarmed by common sense gun control measures
So what “common sense gun control measures” do I support and how far am I from fellow gun control advocates?
Starting with what I don’t support: I don’t support severe limits on magazines and I don’t support outlawing many features that some say differentiate an assault weapon from a hunting rifle. And I cringed with Beto O’Rourke said, “Hell Yes”
On that last point, “Hell Yes” undermined years of Democratic talking points, and I’m surprised at how many people supported him in saying so. My friends still post memes ridiculing right wing paranoia about gun-grabbers, even after Beto endorsed their paranoia. I still don’t think it will happen. I don’t want to grab your guns and I don’t think it would be realistic to try.
Note: Gun-grabbing now also refers to red-flag laws, many of which I do support. Here, I’m using “gun-grabbing” to mean outlawing the ownership, not just the sale, of weapons which are currently legal.
I support background checks, concealed carry licenses, red-flag laws, and maybe some high limits on how many rounds a single weapon can hold. But those limits would have to be high. I wouldn’t want my 22 Marlin outlawed because I can drop more than 10 bullets into the loading tube.
The gun legislation that I support, and hope others get onboard with, might not disarm most of the nutjob shooters, but they’ll stop some. And as I said, none of these would have disarmed Mr. Dicken.