Even Justice Antonin Scalia, in an opinion reversing a couple of centuries of precedent on what the 2nd Amendment
means, said the right to bear arms did not mean a total freedom from regulation.
So now comes a Missouri legislator
with an idea on gun regulation:
It would require buyers to wait 72 hours to make a gun purchase
, which they would only be able to do at a store at least 120 miles from their home.
The similarity to the 72-hour wait required for Missouri women to obtain an abortion is NOT coincidental. Nor is the distance requirement, given the scarcity of abortion providers in Missouri.
Also, to track the requirement that women get fetal monitoring tests and be provided with a variety of information about pregnancy, abortion and the like, the bill by Rep. Stacey Newman says:
the gun purchaser would be required to tour an emergency trauma center between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. on a weekend when firearms victims are present and meet with at least two families affected by gun violence as well as two people who have officiated the funerals of minors who were shot dead. The Washington Post reported in October that there had been more shootings by toddlers in Missouri than any other state.
Gun nuts say, naturally, that it is patently unfair to compare the ability to purchase a gun with a woman's ability to control her own medical decisions absent outside interference.