Not content with running their city into the ground, then complaining when others had to take over its administration, the Detroit city council have done it again.
The Detroit City Council approved a "Bullet Bill" gun control resolution Wednesday with a unanimous vote.
The resolution limits ammunition amounts that can be bought while requiring a mental health background check on buyers of ammo in Wayne County.
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Detroit City Council member Andre Spivey ... sponsored the ordinance that would require mental health background checks on those looking to buy ammunition and it would also impose additional county taxes on ammo.
There's more at the link.
This is a classic example of fiddling while Rome burns. The new law will achieve absolutely nothing to reduce violence committed with firearms in Detroit, because it lacks even the semblance of logic, and doesn't address the real issues. Consider:
- Ammunition is completely passive unless and until acted upon by an external force. It doesn't load itself into guns, it doesn't fire itself, and it doesn't aim itself at a target. All those actions require human intervention. To blame the instrument, rather than the person using it, is to deny reality. It's like blaming his car for the injuries inflicted by a drunk driver, or the knife when one's own mistakes lead to a cut finger. It's always the person who's to blame - never the thing - unless, of course, you're in Detroit, and want to blame anything but the person(s) involved.
- Mental health background checks to buy ammo? What's next - mental health checks to buy gasoline or other flammable liquids? The latter are just as dangerous (if not more so) than ammunition. Besides, there are already mental health restrictions on buying firearms, but people find ways around them very easily. They'll do the same with restrictions on buying ammunition.
- Limiting quantities of ammunition that may be bought in Detroit? Congratulations - you've just established a new black market (you should pardon the expression), where enterprising young businessmen will drive a few miles outside the city limits, buy ammo by the crate or carton, and bring it back for resale to their homies. This won't even be a speed bump on the road to firearm use.
This new law is so stupid, so guaranteed to be ineffectual, that it's almost laughable. One can only wonder why the people of Detroit continue to elect officials who will waste their time (and the city's limited resources) on such nonsense, instead of doing something that might actually work - namely, crack down on the gang-bangers, thugs and criminals that infest their city. They won't do that, of course. It wouldn't be politically correct. Even worse, it might upset those whose votes they need to stay in office.