This is a brave and bold move. I salute the Governor of California for codifying common sense thought into a proposal for a constitutional amendment to cure the senseless violence in this country. And yes, as soon as news of this story broke and this video was posted to Twitter, the disparaging slander started. “Newscum is trying to eradicate the 2nd Amendment.”
NEW: I’m proposing the 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution to help end our nation’s gun violence crisis.
The American people are sick of Congress’ inaction.
The 28th will enshrine 4 widely supported gun safety freedoms — while leaving the 2nd Amendment intact:
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) June 8, 2023
Not surprisingly, a lot of the blowback is coming out of Texas.
The terror of discussing gun rights comes out of decades of conspiracy theory that the government is going to suddenly become fascist and begin kicking in the doors — and people will be powerless to defend themselves. I have seen these videos with my own eyes and they scare the hell out of me as well. I remember one that showed jack booted thugs coming through the door to carry away people who owed student loans — at a time when I did. I remember thinking to myself, “Well, that’s one way to handle it.”
For all of the deification of St. Ronnie of Reagan, he was the one who got the ball rolling with “government is the problem.” Make no mistake, the gun crazies thought that Obama was going to spirit them out of their beds and lock them in FEMA facilities, because of conspiracy theories (such as Michele Bachmann’s) to that effect.
Gun control is an insanely emotionally charged topic. Maybe this proposal can begin to address the matter calmly. It’s a given that the massacres themselves A) won’t stop and B) of themselves won’t persuade any change. We need to try another tack, that much is certain.