Iowa State Rep. Dan Muhlbauer is mad as hell and he’s not going to take it anymore.
In a recent interview on the subject of gun control, Muhlbauer passionately and firmly declared that “radical changes” need to be made to gun legislation in light of the shooting in Newtown, CT.
“We cannot have big guns out here as far as the big guns that are out here, the semi-automatics and all of them,” Muhlbauer said. “We can’t have those running around out here. Those are not hunting weapons.”
Muhlbauer suggested a buy-back program for unlicensed weapons, which would be voluntary, but said that if the program was not successful, he would be willing to take more extreme measures.
“Even if you have them, I think we need to start taking them,” Muhlbauer said. “We can’t have those out there. Because if they’re out there they’re just going to get circulated around to the wrong people. Those guns should not be in the public’s hands. There are just too many guns.”
Let’s stop and break down what Rep. Muhlbauer is saying here. First off, he’s clearly making a policy statement based off of strong emotions. He’s angry about the heavily publicized crime happening in America, and he wants to do something about it right now. However, we can clearly see that Muhlbauer is not well-informed on the issue, or is so angry that his argument is jumbled. This is evidenced in the statement “We cannot have big guns out here as far as the big guns that are out here, the semi-automatics and all of them.”
“The semi-automatics and all of them?” Really, Mr. Muhlbauer? He might as well be waving his arms around and saying “I don’t care anymore, I really don’t, just ban all of them!”
This is the reason for the 2nd Amendment, and really the whole Constitution. It’s to prevent angry, emotional people from doing stupid, dangerous things. Muhlbauer claims that these “big weapons” are not hunting weapons, completely missing the point of the 2nd Amendment. The Founding Fathers didn’t put that amendment in there because they really thought hunting was important, they fought to ensure the right of firearm ownership to prevent another totalitarian government like the British Empire under King George. Seeing as human nature hasn’t changed and the desire for power is still alive and well, I don’t think we should get rid of that one anytime soon.
Dan Muhlbauer is upset because a group of children were murdered, and rightfully so. But we need to stop and think and not let rampant, fiery emotions rule our policy decisions. I believe everyone can agree on that. A serious discussion is needed, not broad sweeping legislation done on the whim of anger and confusion. It may seem like a good idea at the time, but the road to hell is paved with good intentions.
Remember all the good decisions you made when you were stressed out and emotional? Me neither.
Source: Daily Times Herald
H/T: The Blaze