Well, that may not be true, although I hope it will be, in view of the current situation.
You see, in recent history, including in this last buy back, the guns that were purchased by the police department were destroyed. In the future, thanks to a law passed by the Republican dominated legislature and signed by governor Jan Brewer (also Republican), it will be illegal in Arizona for police departments to destroy weapons. Instead they will have to sell the guns to private, licensed, gun dealers. Can’t even keep them.
Essentially returning the guns to the street, and most likely putting them into hands that will more likely use them than anyone who would have willingly turned them into the police for much less than they’d have gotten on the open market.
From the point of view of the NRA and its supporters, this creates yet another cash cow for the gun industry.
I’ve said it before: the only way to get this problem solved is to replace the second amendment with one that does what the original second amendment was intended to do-make the people safe from a central government. In view of the advances in weaponry, the regulation of possession that has been permitted (and rightly so), and the result of the Civil war, it looks to me as if the only way to do that is to replace the second amendment with one that allows states to secede.
With stupidity such as Arizona showed here, I might even want to make secession sometimes mandatory. We ought not to have to tolerate such idiocy within our nation, but the only way to stop doing so is to make them form their own nation. After all, if it came to having to fight them, it would be a struggle between powers who bore arms so much more powerful than these p-shooters that their right to bear arms capable of killing one another by the score wouldn’t figure into the struggle at all. Just like it wouldn’t figure into the struggle if they tried to secede under the current constitution.
My earliest memories are from Arizona. Incredibly beautiful desert terrain. But, Goldwater notwithstanding, I had no idea how stupid Arizonans are. I think there should be both a provision in the constitution via which states could be evicted by the rest of the country and one in which, if states feel that strongly about it, they could quit. We’d definitely have to attach prohibitions that make either decision carry consequences so that neither would come too easily. But, Christ, why do I have to affiliate with such nut-