There used to be this thing called a gun control debate in America. As we’ve noted before, it no longer exists. Members of Congress are shot, college and high school student shooting sprees are now an annual tradition, and even churches aren’t safe from gun violence. But nothing changes. In fact, it only gets easier to get guns and more of them:
Gov. Bob McDonnell signed a bill Tuesday that repeals Virginia’s one-handgun-a-month law, enacted in 1993 when the state was a haven for gun runners.
McDonnell had earlier expressed support for repealing the law, which limited individuals to one handgun purchase every 30 days but did not apply to rifles or shotguns. The General Assembly passed the legislation Feb. 15.
The governor’s office alerted reporters to the signing but said the governor would not issue a statement.
The signing came after McDonnell met Saturday with families of people killed or injured in the April 2007 shooting rampage at Virginia Tech, the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. The families had hoped to persuade him to veto the bill, although they knew it was a long shot.
We have a Constitutionally protected freedom of speech, but even that right is not absolute – speech can sometimes be regulated. Yet if recent trends continue, the individual right to bear arms, recognized by the Supreme Court only recently, will become this nation’s first and only absolute right. We’ll have guns in National Parks and guns in State Capitols. We’ll be able to buy guns basically anywhere at a moment’s notice, with no need to take any course in gun safety and with no background checks or waiting periods. There will be no way for the police to track the guns we buy, and the mere fact that a person once robbed someone at gun point won’t prevent them from buying a gun when they get out of jail. We’ll be able to buy guns that have no purpose but to kill people, and ammunition that has no purpose but to pierce the protective armor that cops and soldiers wear.
Gun manufacturers who turn a blind eye to the fact that they are supplying black markets with weapons need not fear any liability, because Congress has already shielded them. While the manufacturers are safe, psychiatrists are not. They will dare not ask patients if they own guns, even if those patients relate violent dreams of killing friends, co-workers or family. To do so might put the doctor at risk of being fined by the State.
The writing is on the wall, red and dripping. This country will soon be one, giant, no-so-well regulated militia.