If it hasn’t been said that complexity is the tool of the corrupt politician, I’ll say it here for the record. This post is a rewrite of a comment I made here. I thought it deserved its own post.
“…the ATF sent out it’s ATF State Laws and Published Ordinances. Ride Fast notes some numbers:
California, 67 pages, about 120,600 words of regulation.
Massachusetts, 18.5 pages, about 32,400 words.
Nevada, 6.5 pages, about 11,700 words.
Vermont, 1.05 pages, about 1890 words.”
(To those who have so far never cared about the issue enough to look into it; Vermont has historically had a right-to-arms policy close the original intent of the Second Amendment. For example, one may legally carry a concealed pistol without getting government permission. It is also worth noting that their violent crime rate is lower than those of surrounding states.)
Here are some contrasting numbers:
The Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States: One sentence, 27 words.
The Congressional Oath of Office: One paragraph, 73 words.
I assume you’ve all looked it up and saved it, being concerned citizens and all, but to save you the trouble of going to your desktop and clicking on it, here it is again:
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.”
Human rights, honesty and reason are relatively simple. Obfuscation is complex.