Re: Mr. Jeff Davis’s letter of August 1, about how Colorado’s new gun control laws cost him and the local economy a small fortune when a gaggle of Arkansas dirt bikers decided to boycott the state’s economy because they weren’t allowed to put 15-plus bullet magazines on their weapons.
In a way, I sympathize with Mr. Davis; laws limiting different forms of gun ownership are imperfect at best, and there is always the potential of our ending up on a slippery slope of legislation that ends up putting the squeeze on genuine hunters, target shooters and the like.
I was pretty much peeved when I learned I couldn’t bring home a locally purchased handgun from Baghdad because of this or that regulation.
On the other hand, laws in America seem to work best when they are based on the “reasonable man” concept. Gunmakers and what I regard as gun-ownership extremists have pushed the envelope so far that they have made laws like the new ones in Colorado hard to argue with. Does any reasonable person need “cop-killing” Teflon bullets that penetrate body armor, cheap inaccurate Saturday night special automatic weapons that aren’t effective for hunting, target-shooting or home protection, or AK-47s and similar assault rifles designed for battlefield use? Of course, when lawmakers get ahold of an issue they have a tendency to write laws that fail to stop the problem while hassling the great majority of law-abiding citizens, in this case gun owners. But the problem really begins with greedy gun manufacturers lobbying to sell weapons no mainstream shooter could possibly want.
Gun control is a funny thing. I had an Afghan friend tell me that he was a firm believer in the idea; he had an old Enfield carbine and a shotgun for hunting, a handgun he kept in his car to ward off highway robbers and carjackers and a Chinese-made AK-47 left over from his days fighting the Russians and Taliban, to use in event of another total breakdown in law and order. Anything more, he said, would be excessive. Some of his friends owned RPG-7 shoulder-fired missile launchers, but that, he said, was going a bit far.
As far as the Arkansas dirt-bikers are concerned, they sound to me like a bunch of wackos who could find a reason to boycott almost any state in the union if they studied the law books long enough. If they want to buy their beer nuts and be outside our state lines, so be it. You can’t please everybody, and I don’t see why Coloradans should agonize over potential visitors who don’t like our way of life here. If we gave in to them, odds are a bunch of gun control advocates with REALLY big wallets would read about it and organize a big-time boycott of “gun-loving Colorado,” especially in light of our state’s much-publicized firearms catastrophes over the past few years. You can’t please everybody all the time, and if you do, nine times out of ten nobody likes or respects you.