Here’s a perfect example of the gun control formula in action. The Louisiana legislature passed a law this year making it illegal for private parties to use U.S. currency when transactions involve used goods.
The rationale? State representative Rickey Hardy (D-44), who co-sponsored the bill, claimed it was “targeted at criminals who steal anything from copper to televisions, and sell them for a quick buck. Having a paper trail will make it easier for law enforcement.”
Point 1: Sell big government under the guise of protecting us from criminals.
Point 2: “Paper trail” means registration. Registration precedes confiscation.
Point 3: Republicans support bigger government when it’s for something they want. Bigger government means less power vested in the People. Period.
“We’re gonna lose a lot of business,” says Danny Guidry, who owns the Pioneer Trading Post in Lafayette. He deals in buying and selling unique second hand items.
“We don’t want this cash transaction to be taken away from us. It’s an everyday transaction,” Guidry explains.
Substitute the word “gun” for “cash transaction” and you end up with:
Point 4: The “unintended” (likely intended) consequence is that law-abiding people are punished, while criminals–prone to ignoring laws in the first place–continue doing business.
Point 5: This law creates more legal precedent for prostiticians in Louisiana and other states to justify and pass similar laws that do nothing but disenfranchise the law-abiding.
Point 6: Laws like this create a whole new criminal class with the stroke of a pen, creating a need for additional law enforcement and incarceration resources, producing a self-fulfilling need for more government employees.
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