Guns and our country

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By Merilee Dannemann


Nobody’s going to take your guns away. Realistically, that’s impossible. Government’s not trying to, and nobody in a responsible position is saying it should. There are too many guns and – face facts – too many places to hide them.

House Bill 77, sponsored by Rep. Miguel Garcia, D-Albuquerque, to close the so-called gun show loophole, was limited to sales and distribution. As a practical matter, it would be absurd to think government could disarm our citizens -- just as absurd as thinking we could deport 12 million illegal residents or stop all the illegal drugs. 

Some news reports talk about a “ban” on certain types of guns, without clarifying what the “ban” bans (dangerously careless reporting, I think). There is no serious proposal to confiscate existing guns, although some gun-rights purists believe all gun-control legislation is a first step down that slippery slope. 

House Bill 114, sponsored by Nora Espinoza, R-Roswell, proposed to make enforcement of federal gun laws a crime in New Mexico, reflecting the purist doctrine: It’s so essential to stop any attempt to reduce access to guns and ammunition that it’s worth blowing up the relationship between the state and federal governments.

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