Whatever the case, the simple fact that politicians push this garbage when they know it won’t work—and when they already have everything they need to fight crime—is a disgrace. It’s a direct danger to your right to own a gun and ammunition with which to defend yourself and your family from the criminals that they refuse to control.
And the best way you can stop that dishonest and dangerous attack on your rights is to throw every one of these crooks out of office on Election Day this November.
September 9, 2016
The Truth About Illinois’ Ammo Serial Numbering Scheme
[I have nothing to add.—Joe]
I think the author is insufficiently cynical.
The problem isn’t that the politicians pushing this do so without worrying about whether it works. In my view, they are pushing it knowing full well that it won’t work. And to put it more plainly, they do not want solutions; their actual goal is to push scams that increase their power while either doing nothing to help, or (preferably) making things worse.
If you think I’m exaggerating, consider the evidence. What happens when a government program to “end X now” fails, and X either stays the same or gets worse? Cancel the program? Not a chance. The failure of the program is always offered as an argument to spend more money on that program. Or to create a second program that pretends to have the same purpose (while leaving the first program intact). The goal is not — not ever — to fix X. The goal is only to use the existence of X as a justification for more government power, more government parasites. As Jefferson put it, “Swarms of Officers to harass our People, and eat out their Substance”.
Example values for X include alcohol, drugs, poverty, violence… the list goes on and on. Even in the rare case where things improve during the existence of the programs in question (not necessarily because of, but during) — such as cleaner air — the government’s response is never to close down the programs as successful, but rather to look for ever more invasive excuses to extend their scope and power over honest people.
So too in this case. The goal of the Illinois criminal legislature isn’t to fix crime. They clearly could do that if they wanted to, but they do not want to. Their actual goal is to disarm honest people, to render them defenseless against criminals, and to make the impact of crime worse so they will have more excuses for more invasions on the people’s liberty. What they deserve is not just being kicked out of office, but also being swiftly charged with, convicted for, and hanged for treason. Treason it is, because treason is waging war against the people or giving comfort to the enemy, both of which they are doing.
I like the photo that goes with the article.
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