Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke rails against mass incarceration in America.
Yet this past Thursday, he demanded a ban on private ownership of semiautomatic rifles.
Well, let’s crunch some numbers. According to Michael Bloomberg’s anti-gun organ The Trace, there are 15 to 20 million AR15s and similar rifles now lawfully in private hands in America.
If they write the ban in the same wording as the recently passed law in Washington State, the prohibited weapons will include millions more sporting rifles, such as the innocuous .22s in the genre of the Ruger 10/22 and the Marlin Model 60. This puts us into tens of millions of people affected.
A ban must perforce include criminal penalties for possession. Let’s say they follow New York’s ludicrously named SAFE Act, which makes possession of every single magazine capable of holding more than ten cartridges a separate felony count in and of itself. And bear in mind, a “felony” is a crime punishable by a year or more in prison.
How many millions of gun owners will be made felons by a stroke of the pen, for their possession of property legally purchased and responsibly owned?
Are the gun-banners really this stupid, or is it that they think the rest of the American public is that stupid?
I feel a sudden urge for a drink, but it’ll probably go like this at the pub.
“Bartender, I’ll have a Beto O’Rourke, please.”
“Uh, how do you make one of those?”
“Just give me a glass of Irish whiskey, and we’ll both pretend it’s tequila.”