An Opinion on 'Gun Control' Compromise

By TTAG Contributor. February 16, 2020

Reader Alan Smithee writes …

I keep hearing the word "compromise" used by politicians and anti-gun activists seeking to further restrict citizens' access to firearms. Or even by those who want to take away guns, from law-abiding gun owners.

"Compromise" is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as "an agreement or settlement of a dispute that is reached by each side making concessions."

Two proposals by the anti-gun set, the so-called "red flag" laws and universal background checks, are under consideration in Congress and many state legislatures. Those with a firm belief in the Second Amendment are naturally dubious of those pushing these measures.

For generations, we've experienced "compromise" after "compromise," yet in reality, all we've gotten is the perpetual erosion of our right to keep and bear arms. All concession by us, no compromise by them.

In the spirit of "compromise," if taken at word's worth, let's enter the Land of Make Believe, and pretend the anti-gun crowd is actually amenable to compromise toward achieving these two goals. Here are a few compromises they could make which would actually benefit gun owners. .....

'Compromise' is one of those loosely used terms along with 'reasonable' which seemingly allow those intent on infringing on rights to enact more and more laws that are unconstitutional. In fact, taking the letter of the law literally there is actually no room for 'compromise' at all, but if we imagine its inevitability then let's consider at least a better balance.


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