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For the utter stupidity of our enemy, let us thank G-d

I was going to include this in next week’s alert newsletter, but it’s so monumentally moronic, it needs to be addressed here, too.

Seeking to ban ‘undetectable’ guns, Rep. Madeleine Dean proposes law
The current law “does not adequately address today’s technologies or security risks,” said Dean, who represents Montgomery County. “Today, we face a more pressing issue — firearms made entirely of plastic, or with so much plastic that they fall below the current law’s detection standard.”

“…with so much plastic that they fall below the current law’s detection standard.”

@RepDean actually did it. She filed a bill to make it illegal to violate the Undetectable Firearms Act (18 U.S.C. § 922(p)).

If the firearm doesn’t contain 3.7 ounces of steel, the maker has committed a felony. Ms. Dean’s bill would make it illegal to commit that felony.

If a plastic firearm doesn’t show up on airport x-ray, the maker has committed a felony. Ms. Dean’s bill would make it illegal to commit that felony.

To be sure of the latter, one could add barium sulfate to the plastic mix, but it really isn’t necessary. While this fact is apparently unknown to materials scientist Dean, doctors, nurses, veterinarians, parents, and anyone else who has had to deal with a child or pet who swallowed a plastic toy — heck, anyone who did a cursory web search of weird pictures — is well aware that…

Yes, plastic shows up in x-rays.

I don’t have the bill number, much less the text. I’ve asked Rep. Dean for that information. But I think it’s fair enough to take her at her own word.

Added: Here it is: H.R. 869: To modernize the Undetectable Firearms Act of 1988. No summary or text yet. 14 co-sponsors, including Jackson Lee and Swalwell; actually, it’s a regular list of the dimmest of Dems.

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Law as Performance Art?

Pity the guy’s poor students.

Critics across partisan lines assail Florida’s new gun law
Retired prosecutor and Florida law professor Bob Dekle sees no legal issue with raising the rifle-purchase age to 21, saying, the framers of the Constitution intended for 21 to be “the age of being adult.” He noted that the same age applies to voting and drinking.

Assuming this is an accurate reporting of what he said, I’d like to know in what universe he lives.  (I asked; no response yet.)

In this universe, the Constitution did not specify any age limit for voting, leaving it up to the states. Until, that is, 1971 — almost 47 years ago — when the 26th Amendment set 18 years of age as the minimum when states must allow citizens to vote. Not 21, Prof.  Dekle.

Again, assuming the report is accurate, Dekle’s incapacitation might make a good argument for a maximum voting age amendment; I’m thinking 68yo.

As for the drinking age, that isn’t in this universe’s US Constitution at all; it’s statutory: Minimum Drinking Age Act of 1984. Yes, 1984; not 1787 or 1789. Even then, all states did not immediately comply, and many still have age exemptions for nonpublic drinking.

One might also note that the Militia Acts of 1792 (rather close to the adoption of Constitution) mandated a minimum age of 18 years for membership in the militia (and when called were required to appear with arms and ammunition).

Is Dekle really a law professor, or is that an elaborate bit of performance art?


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