OK I'll start. Here are some issues being considered:
- Making background checks mandatory for all gun sales.
- Limiting "clip" capacity on all guns, regardless of purpose.
- Banning all "assault weapons".
- Raising the bar on mental health issues.
These are the ones that I keep on hearing. Let's look at them:
1. Background checks and personal liability.
While I have no problem with closing this loophole, who's going to administer these checks for inter-personal sales? I can't get behind plans to hold a gun seller criminally liable for what someone down the line (and not necessarily the one you sold to) who commits a crime. What if they put such Draconian laws on all sales of everything? If someone who decides to make toast in the bathtub, is it right to put some salesperson in prison? Methinks the real aim of such laws is to shut down private gun sales entirely. That's not the way to do it, though.
2. Small "clips".
Do we really want laws to be made by people who are too lazy to find out the difference between a clip and a magazine? It's one thing when members of the press make mistakes like that. Lawmakers have no excuse for getting involved in issues that they haven't bothered to study first! Because they insist that they're all for home protection, the "clip" ban seems to be a decision that jeopardizes those who, unlike law enforcement and the military, often don't carry extra magazines when they go downstairs to investigate some sound. The argument is always something about hunting, and there are already hunting laws that restrict the capacities of hunting rifles. Why do we need another redundant law? Why didn't they bother to think first?
3. Assault "weapon" bans.
This trick wording really has me worried. If it's enacted into law with language like that, having a pair of scissors could be a felony crime! Again, why were they not thinking?
4. Mental health.
In an age where drug companies put tons of pressure on physicians to make depression diagnoses, and then put the patient on their drugs, will completely sane people be disqualified for life from their Constitutional rights? Is forcing medical doctors to break doctor-patient confidentiality even lawful?
Just like there's a mandatory "cooling off period" for gun buyers, maybe there should be one for lawmakers who are rushing to pass half-witted laws.