What would the government confiscate next?
Mr. O’Rourke’s comment is not new as it echoes Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s 1995 statement: “If I could have gotten 51 votes in the Senate of the United States for an outright ban, picking up every one of them, ‘Mr. and Mrs. America, turn ’em all in,’ I would have done it.”
With the candidates set on doing away with the filibuster, they would need only 51 votes. So an attack on the Bill of Rights seems assured if they prevail in the election.
Mandatory buyback is a gentler term for what is actually forced confiscation. Such a draconian step is not something that is done in a free country and, no matter what your opinion of “assaultstyle” firearms, that your government could do such a thing has to frighten you to your core.
As President Gerald Ford said: “A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have.” What could they confiscate next? What other rights are expendable?
Bottom line: Not only is this a bad idea, but it can’t possibly work. Only law-abiding owners will turn in their “ugly guns,” forcing the government to break down doors of those that don’t