Mr. Ron Berler, a published author, has an excellent, excellent solution to eliminate gun-related violence and mass murder: Outlaw standard bullets and create new, “recalibrated” rounds.
In a recent op-ed published by The Hartford Courant, Mr. Berler explained how his amazing program would work.
“Today, one can walk into a gun shop and purchase, for instance, a .22, .38, or .44-caliber handgun. Most firearms are built to accommodate one size round only,” explains Berler.
“So here’s what would happen if the manufacture of today’s standard-size rounds were outlawed, and .23, .39 and .46-caliber rounds took their place: Eventually, gun owners would run out of the old ammo, and their weapons would become paperweights,” says Berler.
Genius! Why didn’t I think of that???
New firearms would have to be manufactured to fit the new ammo. Most likely they’d be restricted to break-action and single-shot guns. No more semi-auto handguns or long guns. And, in order to purchase these guns, citizens would have to register them with the government. It would be a “national gun policy do-over,” according to Berler.
Wait a minute… Registration. Massive limitations on civilian gun ownership. That sounds exactly like what they have down in Mexico. And that works great! Right?
Of course, law enforcement and the military would be able to keep the old ammo and guns. Only law-abiding citizens would be forced into purchasing the new stuff.
Again, this is a brilliant idea. Because the 2A was written to protect hunting rights, not to ensure the citizenry was capable of keeping government tyranny in check.
“A democracy sometimes requires that we sacrifice convenience for the public good. Passing through airport security is a hassle, but we accept it to help keep us safe. So would this proposal,” writes Berler.
“Law-abiding citizens could still own guns. And that is all the second amendment promises. It does not prohibit federal or state governments from regulating the type of weapon one may own,” he concludes.
Berler’s correct. Because that whole “Shall not be infringed” line of the 2A was a gaffe.
I was obviously joking. This is the dumbest idea I’ve read in a long, long time. It belongs in “The Onion.”
Mr. Berler. It’s called reloading! You should look into it.
And after you research reloading, examine the data on how criminals obtain their guns. Turns out, only a small percentage (1.5 percent per one scholarly study) of them buy them from gun stores. The vast majority of outlaws steal them, score them on the street, borrow them from a fellow gangster or use a straw purchaser.
Nothing you’ve proposed would shut down the black market nor prevent criminals from obtaining all the guns (new or old) and ammo that they wanted. In essence, your idea is as stupid as it is ineffectual.