It’s understandable that some people don’t like Mark Levin’s style, let alone his politics. The man has a lot of passion for what he believes in, and sometimes that means he gets angry about what he thinks is wrong. He also has a tendency to shout, which may turn a lot of people off. But no one can credibly disparage Levin’s intellectual clout as a top-notch advocate of liberty.
Such is the case that he made a very important point about Senator Dianne Feinstein’s proposal to create a national gun registry. Not only doesn’t this make any sense coming from notoriously soft-on-crime “liberals,” but it is also unclear what such a database would even accomplish.
If Americans are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, as judged by a jury of their peers, then why would the state need to know where all the registered guns in the country are at all times, who has them, and how many?
Some may not want to hear Levin make his points in his trademark ranting style and may prefer to read the text of it. The transcript for the video posted above can be found at Real Clear Politics. The full fifteen minutes of audio can be listened to at The Right Scoop.
Levin ultimately makes the same point as Judge Napolitano, who wrote in his recent editorial that the Second Amendment enshrines “the right to shoot tyrants and not deer.” The track record of the U.S. government over the last decade in particular is such that citizens should not be trusting power-hungry statists with gun control laws, let alone a national gun registry.
If individual states want to pass mental health screening laws or criminal background check laws, as most have done, then that is their prerogative. But the solution to the criminal minority breaking the law is not to render law-abiding citizens helpless and disarmed.
Some 99.7% of registered gun owners are law-abiding. In 2011, there were 9163 gun murders and 323 were by any and all rifles, including the subset of “assault rifles.” If the government bans some rifles, it might as well ban clubs — they killed 496 people. Violent crime rates are down, way down — even as concealed carry laws have flourished. This isn’t about crime, this is about control.
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