Without a doubt, one of the most controversial topics in the news is gun control. The thing that makes it so controversial is that there is no middle ground. People either like guns or they hate guns and neither side is going to change the other’s mind. We need to clear up this problem so that our politicians can move on to other topics like the burgeoning national debt, or why nobody got elected to the baseball hall of fame this year.
After careful thought I have devised the plan that should appeal to both sides, so pay careful attention and be sure to tell your congressperson.
I am a firm believer in the 2nd Amendment of our Constitution and think that every citizen has the right to keep and bear arms. Opponents to this belief say that the amendment was drawn up in an earlier time and the country has changed, and once again I wholeheartedly agree. What we need to do is to leave the 2nd Amendment undisturbed and simply return to the weapons that were available when it was written.
No more automatic assault weapons will be allowed because they weren’t invented yet, but everybody can carry their own black powder muzzle loader anywhere they like. Flintlocks were the only guns available in 1791 when the 2nd Amendment was ratified, so let’s return to that time. Arming citizens with flintlock muzzle loaders would accomplish the following:
1. It would eliminate drive-by shootings. You’d only get one shot and when you stuck the gun out of the car window, all of the powder would blow out.
2. There would be no more multi-round clips to worry about. With a muzzle loader you get one shot and then it takes about a minute to reload.
3. The best part is that everybody could have a gun for hunting, sporting, or self defense purposes and our gun violence problem would be greatly minimized.
Even though my plan is fool-proof, the fools in the federal government will find some way to muck it up. They’ll try to limit how much black powder you can buy, or limit the size of the musket balls, or even make flint a controlled item by buying up the stockpile in Flint, Michigan.
My plan makes sense but it won’t stop the bad guys altogether. It is a step in the right direction. Even the NRA has got to think I’m on to something good. Sure, it would pretty much disband the National Rifle Association as it stands now, but it would give birth to a bigger and better NMA, National Musket Assn.
I’m interested in your opinion on this topic. Dale@DaleIrvin.com