You gotta love the South Dakota legislature. They don’t let little things like “fact” or “science” get in the way, as they’ve repeatedly shown in their ground-breaking attempts to somehow legislate away climate change. They flaunt their world-respected power, voting on United Nations resolutions as if the United Nations gives a rat’s ass what the South Dakota Legislature thinks. This week, they’ve continued to flash their “conservative cred”. Hey, they’ve got competition from the Kansas Legislature and other red-state wackos! Gotta prove who is the MOST conservative!!
To that end, yesterday a committee killed a bill that would have restricted firearm access to the mentally ill in South Dakota. The law would have submitted the names of “dangerous” individuals to the federal database used for background checks, ensuring they wouldn’t have access to firearms. Currently, South Dakota does NOT provide that information, meaning the mentally ill, including those deemed to be dangerous, could sail through a background check and buy firearms.
Makes sense, right? Restricting gun access to people who have been deemed to be dangerous? A no-brainer, right? HELL NO!! THIS IS SOUTH DAKOTA!! Remember, we’re trying to compete with the Kansas’s of the world for who can be the most conservative, be it in denying evolution, legislating away climate change, or ensuring that a bunch of hairy old white men in the South Dakota Legislature control what women do with their bodies.
CRAZY PEOPLE HAVE GUN RIGHTS TOO!! Even people deemed to be DANGEROUS have gun rights!! YOU’LL TAKE OUR GUNS WHEN YOU PRY THEM FROM OUR COLD, DEAD FINGERS!!!! Rep. Melissa Magstadt said she was “worried” about taking the right to bear arms away from the mentally ill before they had committed a violent act, even if mental assessment indicated they were dangerous to themselves or others. BRILLIANT, Ms. Magstadt!! We wait until AFTER they commit a violent act before even considering taking away guns from crazy people!!
Rep. Scott Ecklund said the bill would “add to the struggle of people with mental illness”. Yes, because NOTHING soothes the mentally ill like having a cache of weapons. It’s MUCH more important that the dangerous mentally ill have gun access and, evidently, less of a “struggle”, than it is to protect the rest of the population!
Kudos, South Dakota Legislature!! Kansas, here we come! You may (currently) have us beat on wacko evolution legislation, but we DARE you to touch our conservative cred on the issue of guns!!