Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Some Thoughts on Security

I have to take my shoes off at the airport because of some incident 15 years ago that we’ve all forgotten. But a mentally unstable person with religious hallucinations who was on an FBI watch list can buy an AR-15 assault rifle and enough ammo to commit the worst mass murder in U.S. history. This isn’t a proportional response to terror. Let’s start with banning the AR-15 assault rifle nationwide (as it already is in California). The Second Amendment is not absolute, I’m willing to take my chances with the Supreme Court.


It’s not the trans people in the bathroom who are the threat. It isn’t, ever. It’s the straight man with the AR-15 assault rifle. Over, and over, and over again. Democrats (because Republicans certainly won't): Show some courage and ban the AR-15. There is no legitimate need for non-LEO/military use.


So, we’ve been trying this Second Amendment thing for a few hundred years. And when the muskets were pieces of shit it was okay. But now that people on FBI watch lists can legally purchase and carry around AR-15 assault rifles (at least in Florida), it’s not working too well. Republicans and Democrats are both powerless against the NRA because $. It's time for us to try something different. Maybe it will fail, but if we don't try, there will absolutely be more of these tragedies.

1. Let’s start a counter-NRA lobbying group. Within hours of the Orlando shooting, gofundme raised over $1M for the victims. Let’s start a longer campaign, form a non-profit, raise money, and lobby back against the NRA.

2. There’s a lot of money in Silicon Valley. Eric, Larry, Sergey, Mark, Tim, Elan (and you too, Warren and Bill): Pony up. Have your foundations put in $200M each as an endowment and let’s kick the NRA’s ass.

3. It’s very well established that constitutional rights are not absolute, and not without limits. Assuming Hillary wins and we get a liberal Supreme Court justice confirmed, let’s push the limits on Second Amendment jurisprudence. A hefty tax on each bullet (law enforcement exempt, of course). License and registration for each firearm. And no one, no one, needs an AR-15 assault rifle at home. We’ve had it 200 years your way, let’s try it a different way for a while and see how it works. We’ll take our chances in the courts. Can’t be worse than what we’ve got.