Left-wing filmmaker Michael Moore, well known for his love of Cuban-style communism and hatred of guns, has proposed repealing the Second Amendment.
Moore wrote on his website on Sunday that he sent to Congress what he called the 28th Amendment to the Constitution.
It includes eight sections, the first of which asserts, “The inalienable right of a free people to be kept safe from gun violence and the fear thereof must not be infringed and shall be protected by the Congress and the States. This Amendment thus repeals and replaces the Second Amendment.”
In the subsequent sections, Moore calls for “a mandatory system of firearm registration and licensing” that limits gun ownership to licensed hunters, licensed ranges for target shooting; and “the few who can demonstrate a special need for personal protection.” Perhaps that includes left-wing filmmakers.
Obtaining a gun would require “a strict vetting process” that includes a “thorough background check, including the written and confidential approval of family members, spouses and ex-spouses and/or partners and ex-partners, co-workers and neighbors,” as well as a mental health check and a one-month waiting period.
Those who successfully navigate that regulatory gauntlet must also take a required firearms safety class, pass an annual written test and submit to a yearly review of their license.
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Gun owners also would have to be at least 25 years old.
Congress also would create legal room to ban guns that have not been invented yet. But until that day arrives, Moore’s amendment would ban “all automatic and semi-automatic weapons and all devices which can enable a single-shot gun to fire automatically or semi-automatically; any firearm that can hold more than six bullets; any guns made of plastic, homemade equipment, or by a 3D printer.
Moreover, the proposal mandates Congress to regulate “all ammunition, capacity of ammunition, the storage of guns, gun locks, gun sights, body armor and the sale and distribution of such items.”
“No weapons of any kind whose sole intention is the premeditated elimination of human life are considered legal,” wrote Moore, apparently seeking to eliminate the bow and arrow, knives, and cars.
“Congress may create future restrictions as this amendment specifically does not grant any American the ‘right’ to own any weapon,” Moore added.
As for the police who defend this unarmed population, they “shall be subject to comprehensive and continuous monitoring and shall be dismissed if found to exhibit any racist or violent behavior.”
Finally, anyone who already owns any of the guns Moore wants to ban has one month to surrender their weapons.
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Moore, of course, did not tell us how you deprive gun owners of their property without violating the Fifth Amendment, how his “amendment” keeps outlaws from having guns, or how it would stop them from having them in the future.
Just a year ago, the Associated Press reported that the U.S. military – presumably people who would still be allowed to have guns in Moore’s Utopia – lost or had stolen more than 1,900 guns between 2010 and 2020. Most of them were rifles.
Moore also doesn’t explain how his amendment would get the necessary support to go to the states in an evenly divided Congress that will likely be controlled by Republicans after the 2022 elections.
Perhaps Moore’s amendment was best summed up by Twitter user Hannibal Lecture: “Submitted by Mikey Moore, age 6, of Michigan and presented to the 117th congress as the winning entry in our ‘write your own amendment contest’ sponsored by Honey-nut Cheerios.”