Barger for US Senate

Official campaign website of Al Barger, 2004 Indiana Libertarian Party candidate for US Senate

"It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man who knows that the law is today, can guess what it will be tomorrow. Law is defined to be a rule of action; but how can that be a rule, which is little known, and less fixed?" - James Madison, Federalist #62

Tuesday, September 14, 2004

End of the assault weapons ban

Today freedom loving Americans can celebrate the end of at least one unconstitutional law, Clinton's 1994 ban on so-called "assault weapons" which expired yesterday. Note that these formerly prohibited guns are not functionally different than a lot of other guns. It was largely a cosmetic issue. By rights, it should have been called the ban on guns that look scary to ignorant people who know nothing about guns.

However, the expiration of this ban comes with no thanks to my opponent, Senator Evan Bayh. Evan Bayh proudly voted earlier this year to extend the ban, supported by exceedingly lame claims that this would constitute a prudent move in the war on terror. Right. Oh well, the Bayh family has a long history of pushing for gun control.

But let's not leave the senator alone in the hall of shame for supporting this bad law. You expect this from a liberal Democrat, but President Bush also supports an extension or re-authorization of this ban. Senator Bayh probably really thinks in his heart that this ban was a good thing, but Bush absolutely knows better. He's simply whoring for "moderate" votes. I guess those come from nice, moderate people who favor only moderate violations of the constitution and modest abrogations of the Bill of Rights.

I predict that we find absolutely NO statistical increase in crime caused by the expiration of this ban.

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