You know, I try to have faith in elected officials. I really do. But then I hear about Congressmen sponsoring bills without even taking the time to read them, and I shake my head and wonder how in the world this country got to be as great as it is. Let me tell you about the latest governmental fiasco.
It seems that three Democrats in the Olympia, Washington, legislature proposed Senate Bill 5737 as part of their overall gun control legislation. What at least two of them failed to realize – and this could only happen if their clerks were writing the bills that they were signing off on – was that there was wording in the bill that would require law-abiding gun owners to submit to a yearly home inspection by the county sheriff.
These searches would be conducted, without warrants, for the purpose of making sure that homeowners’ guns were safely and securely stored. Failure to comply could get you a year in prison. As humor writer Dave Barry is fond of saying, “I’m not making this up.”
Well, once the bill’s sponsors heard about that particular language being in the proposed bill, they admitted it was a mistake. The bill was only eight pages long. That’s like a fortune cookie’s fortune compared to most bills! If elected officials are too busy playing golf to spend 15 minutes reading a bill – a bill that they sponsored! – then something is wrong. Not surprisingly, the bill died before it reached a vote.
Check out this Seattle Times article take on the situation. You want to hear something crazy? The writer is actually in favor of gun control, and even he can see how unconstitutional this would be!
As crazy as home-to-home searches for guns might sound to us now, would it really surprise you if those kinds of things became the law in the U.S. some day? I’m not so sure I’d be shocked if it eventually happened, considering the direction we’re headed.
But in the meantime, let me know how you’d feel about a county sheriff coming to your house annually to snoop around and look at your guns. How would you react if that became the law of the land where you live?
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