Humor In Politics: The 28th Amendment 

I know I’m way behind in writing about serious Second Amendment topics, but this was just too damn funny to pass up. 

In another failed attempt to look relevant on a national scale, California’s Governor/Yet-To-Be-Announced Presidential Candidate released a statement suggesting a 28th Amendment to the Constitution. While ostensibly a proposal to create a new gun-control amendment to the Constitution, in reality it is an ill-fated publicity stunt which laughably shows how disconnected the Governor is from the real world. 

From the Governor’s own press release:

“…Proposes Historic 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution to End America’s Gun Violence Crisis”

“Our ability to make a more perfect union is literally written into the Constitution.” “So today, I’m proposing the 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution to do just that. The 28th Amendment will enshrine in the Constitution common sense gun safety measures that Democrats, Republicans, Independents, and gun owners overwhelmingly support – while leaving the 2nd Amendment unchanged and respecting America’s gun-owning tradition.

The 28th Amendment will permanently enshrine four broadly supported gun safety principles into the U.S. Constitution:

– Raising the federal minimum age to purchase a firearm from 18 to 21;
– Mandating universal background checks to prevent truly dangerous people from purchasing a gun that could be used in a crime;
– Instituting a reasonable waiting period for all gun purchases; and
– Barring civilian purchase of assault weapons that serve no other purpose than to kill as many people as possible in a short amount of time – weapons of war our nation’s founders never foresaw.

Additionally, the 28th Amendment will affirm Congress, states, and local governments can enact additional common-sense gun safety regulations that save lives.”

Oh Hair Gel, where to begin. 

This new amendment will “end American’s gun violence crisis”? End?? This is the same language that has been used with nearly every gun-control law that has ever been enacted. This law will END the violence! Then surprise, surprise, it never does and never will. Here’s my standard response. 

Remember, gun control does absolutely nothing to increase public safety and the answer to fix that shortcoming is always to implement more gun control.

Criminals must be held accountable for their illegal actions and incarcerated, yes incarcerated when they break the law for crime and violence to stop.  The Governor of California has done the absolute opposite and signed laws to release criminals and see that new offenders are never charged in the first place. 

“…common sense gun safety measures that Democrats, Republicans, Independents, and gun owners overwhelmingly support…”

Don’t even get me started on “common sense”. One of the first articles I wrote was on the political use of the term “common sense’. Excerpt: 

If you have to be convinced into believing something is a common sense solution, it probably isn’t either common sense or a solution. It’s more likely part of an agenda they want you to support because it benefits them, not you. Buy into their way of thinking on this topic and the rest just comes easy. If they were right on this one, they must be right about the next one too.

Gun safety? Hardly. The term gun safety has a long historical definition, and this isn’t it. This is gun-control. If you call it gun-safety, people who don’t understand the difference will think you’re trying to make the world safer instead of taking guns out of the hands of law-abiding citizens which will make them less safe.

Do all these people “overwhelmingly support” these gun control measures? No, of course not. It’s just another lie to convince you this is what you should be supporting because you should want to be where the rest of the country is. 

“… leaving the 2nd Amendment unchanged and respecting America’s gun-owning tradition”. Technically yes, this proposal would not alter the wording of the Second Amendment, it would just supersede it and abolish it without removing it from the Bill of Rights. 

It’s like one of those ‘read all the instructions first’ tests where you have a long list of tasks to do in a short amount of time and the last one says ignore everything except #28. This is the same concept. 

The four new rules are all tried and failed laws already in place in California and the other nanny gun-control states. Coincidently, none of them have done anything to reduce violence or increase public safety in any of said gun-control states. 

For me, it’s the last little line that is the most insidious. 

“Additionally, the 28th Amendment will affirm Congress, states, and local governments can enact additional common-sense gun safety regulations that save lives.”

This gives Constitutional cover to not only the federal government, but every individual state, county and local government to add whatever gun-control measure they want with complete impunity. Even though none of the gun-control measures have EVER been shown to “save lives” and the worst of the worst places for violence in this country are the ones with the MOST gun control. 

And I’ll ask again… If all these gun-control laws are so effective, why haven’t they worked yet?

Sadly, this proposal is more of a reflection on the laughingly desperate nature of the California Governor’s fledgling presidential campaign than any attempt to increase public safety. The Governor has a long, storied history of being a hypocrite who feels perfectly safe walking around in public with his taxpayer provided, heavily armed law enforcement detail while he actively keeps the rest of the public from being able to protect themselves at home or in public. 

It’s worth noting California population has gone down for the first time in history with an estimated 6.1 million people leaving the state. Enough people left for the state to lose a House of Representatives seat. Compare this to Texas which gained two seats and Florida who gained one seat. 

The most common reasons California ex-pats give for leaving the state are the astronomical cost of living, crime and violence, the highly restrictive regulatory environment, and the progressive politics. And it’s not just the residents, businesses of all sizes are joining the exodus from the state as they are getting wiped out by the unchecked looting and violence against their employees and customers. 

All of this happened under the Governor’s own watch, directly due to policies and laws HE signed. Yet instead of realizing it is his own fault, he doubles down on wanting to take this failed form of government nationwide. Meanwhile he tries to pick verbal fights with the governors of Texas and Florida, states where his former residents are fleeing to.  

So, the next time you see Governor Hair Gel spitting out another pack of lies or ridiculous extreme left wing do-nothing suggestion for turning the rest of the country into the failing state of Kalifornistan, try your best to control your laughter. 


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