At least Michael Moore is honest about his intentions with regard to gun ownership in America.
The Oscar award winning film director and recent Broadway failure took to his Facebook page to personally call for a 28th amendment to the constitution which would repeal and replace the one crafted by James Madison at our nation’s founding:
My Proposal to Repeal the Second Amendment and Replace It With This:PROPOSED 28th AMENDMENT TO THE US CONSTITUTION “A…
Moore not only provides language for the amendment but also explains his rationale including the fact that the Second Amendment was drafted at a time before bullets or revolvers were invented. At this point, perhaps someone should point out that the First Amendment was written at a time before films, TV and Facebook were invented and it has held up pretty well.
Moore also explains what he sees as the future of firearm regulations in America after he messes with the constitution including a provision where married men can only purchase a gun if their wife gives them permission. (Seriously):
• As over 90% of gun violence is committed by men, in order for a man to purchase a gun, he must first get a waiver from his current wife, plus his most recent ex-wife, or any woman with whom he is currently in a relationship (if he’s gay, he must get the waiver from his male spouse/partner). This law has greatly reduced most spousal/domestic gun murders in Canada.
• All automatic and semi-automatic guns are banned.
• No gun or clip can hold more than 6 bullets.
• To activate a gun for it to be used, the trigger must recognize the fingerprint of its registered owner. This will eliminate most crimes committed with a gun as 80% of these crimes are done with a stolen gun.
• One’s guns must be stored at a licensed gun club or government-regulated gun storage facility. Believing that having a gun in your home provides you with protection is an American myth. People who die from a home invasion make up a sad but minuscule .04% of all gun murders in the US. And over a third of them are killed by their own gun that the criminal has either stolen or wrestled from them.
• To own and operate a gun one must obtain a license (like one does to operate a car). To get a license you have to complete a gun training and safety course and pass a thorough background check.
• As nearly half of all gun deaths are suicides, mental health care must become a top national health priority and must be properly funded. And by making it more difficult to purchase a gun – and requiring its storage outside the home – easy access during a suicidal moment is denied.
• Current restrictions placed on the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), due to successful lobbying by the NRA, have prohibited them from studying the gun violence epidemic in the US. These rules need to be removed and the funding restored. Science will then be free to find out why we are ALONE among nations in killing each other at such a massive rate (hint: It’s not just the guns – it’s us as Americans).
As controversial and radical as these ideas may be to most Americans who have a fundamental understanding of our right to keep and bear arms (not to mention a fundamental understanding of firearms at all) Moore deserves some modicum of praise. Given recent Supreme Court decisions with regard to the Second Amendment and even President Barack Obama‘s concession that the Second Amendment is a “personal right” and not solely confined to an organized militia, Moore at least has the political courage and intellectual honesty to publicly announce the only real solution to the current political divide over guns.
As much as elected officials and well-funded advocacy groups wish to push for stricter gun control laws, the only way they will be able to really achieve their goals and stay within the confines of the rights each American enjoys and the constitution protects is to go through the process of amending the constitution.
It’s not easy. It takes a lot of hard work and persuasion and political wrangling. But, that’s what is needed to change a fundamental construct of our society and to remove a fundamental right that each American has enjoyed since our founding. At least Moore recognizes that truth and has put himself out there with a proposal. Will Democrats who hold public office have the courage to do the same?
Also, lest we forget, Broadway still hates Michael Moore.
This is an opinion piece. The views expressed in this article are those of just the author.