While we continue to wait for Congress to act on common sense gun legislation(any day now, I’m sure), up steps the great state of Hawaii with a law sure to piss off gun owners everywhere.
If you want to own a gun in Hawaii, you have to be registered in a federal criminal records database so, if you get arrested anywhere, Hawaii can reassess your ability to own a gun.
“This is about our community’s safety and responsible gun ownership. This system will better enable our law enforcement agencies to ensure the security of all Hawaii residents and visitors to our islands,” said Hawaii Governor David Ige in a statement. He signed two other gun-control measures on the same day intended to prevent people convicted of sexual assault and people diagnosed with a significant mental disorder from owning guns.
This article also notes that Hawaii already has some of the strictest gun laws in the country and, just coincidentally I’m sure, the lowest per capita gun deaths in the country for 2015. This is interesting to me because whenever someone says, “look at fill in the blank state, they have strict gun laws and still plenty of gun crime”, I always think, well no shit, Illinois is not an island. We drive from state to state every day. Just because one state has strict gun laws does not preclude someone driving in from out of state with a weapon purchased legally somewhere else. So along comes Hawaii, an actual island state, with strict gun laws and the lowest per capita gun deaths in the country. Is this that hard to understand? The stricter the laws, the fewer the gun deaths. It works for Hawaii but will not necessarily work for individual states in the continental U.S., which is why we need Congress to step up. This is common sense. It’s not that difficult to understand.
One other point on guns for today. There is a large number of people who still feel they need guns to protect themselves, not just from criminals, but from our own government. You know, just in case the black helicopters come for you for no reason in the middle of the night. These paranoid people have some romantic notion of fighting the government to protect their right to live free. I don’t know, I must just live in a different world than these folks do. I live in a world where I don’t do anything wrong, for the most part, and if for some crazy reason, “they come and get me”, I’ll hire an attorney. You know, like sane, rational, normal people would do. I’m not paranoid. What can anyone point to in our nation’s history to support the idea that the government is coming to get you?
Of course, this is not even considering the larger and more salient point. The government has “a much bigger gun”! Are you going to go down in some blaze of glory? We really do seem to live in a country with a split personality, don’t we?
Islands is a lesser known Crim album and it featured Boz Burrell on lead vocals, who would later gain greater fame as the bass player in Bad Company. It’s jazzy and otherworldly. It’s also the last Crim album to feature those great lyrics from Peter Sinfield. I love it. Give it a listen, won’t you?