Now for my cynisim about the inaction in the same body of elected representatives- There was an opportunity in March for the Crime Victims subcommittee of the House Public Safety Committee to take up a measure that requires background checks on all gun sales at gun shows. Though those of us who testified in favor of this ( 7 of us) presented all the necessary information and reasons why this would make sense, the one person who testified on the other side persuaded the commitee to vote us down 5-3. So requiring DWI offenders to pay for a device that would be installed in their car to prevent them from driving while drunk makes perfect sense to elected leaders, requiring background checks on gun sales so felons, domestic abusers and dangerously mentally ill folks does not! Go figure. Such is the nonsensical debate about guns in our country. When the powerful gun lobby has the ear of our leaders, common sense does not prevail. Drunk drivers do not have a powerful lobby on their side, nor an amendment to the Constitution.
The recent Immigration law just passed into law in Arizona is full of hypocrisy. Suddenly it's O.K. for law enforcement to stop people to ask for their papers? These measures are reminiscent of Nazi-like measures against the Jews during World War II. As you may recall from my blog on Sunday, a "gun guy" delegate to the Minnesota Democratic Convention was afraid the "Nazis" would take away his guns if we pass a law requiring background checks on all gun sales at gun shows. But it must be O.K. for these same "Nazis" to demand papers of " illegal immigrants" to those who resemble Mexican people. You may also recall that this delegate fears law enforcement will take away his guns but I guess having law enforcement demand the papers of possible innocent people is not an infringement. It may be that the delegate with whom I spoke would not be in favor of this immigration law. If that is the case, I wonder if he would see that his own flawed reasoning about gun confiscation just does not make common sense?
My frustration must be obvious here. Lawmakers do not seem to consider their actions when blinded by their fear of being re-elected. In their efforts to "do the right thing", they often ignore the obvious out of expediency or undue influence by lobbyists or vocal opponents. When will these same leaders see that passing common sense legislation to close a dangerous loophole that allows the wrong people to buy guns will make the streets safer and prevent those who cross our borders bringing in illegal drugs from being able to buy their arsenals of weapons without background checks?
Read what one Minnesota lawmaker said about the DWI ignition lock law: "
Hypocrisy as far as the eye can see.