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Carlos Ponce

I know gun collectors who have bought that many guns. Some are bought to keep, some as an investment for future sale. That in itself is not a red flag. When a good deal on a profitable gun comes along they go for it. My brother in law was such a man before he died from medical complications. A pharmacist by trade he bought and sold many firearms. When he died my sister kept one for herself and each of their four children also kept a few. The rest she sold and made a great deal of money.

Mark Aaron

Carlos: "I know gun collectors who have bought that many guns. Some are bought to keep, some as an investment for future sale. "

Would you have a problem requiring people to have a dealer's or collector's license for large purchases like that? If so, why?

Charles Tucker

If the murderous coward had used his privately owned airplane as a weapon would you be saying that his purchase of a private plane was a red flag? When the jihadist attacker used his car and knife to attack others at The Ohio State University was his purchase of a car or a knife a red flag? When Timothy McVeigh rented the Ryder truck used to carry the bomb to the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was that rental a red flag? Making the tool be the "red flag" instead of the behavior means that you will forever miss the opportunity to intervene before an attack.

Mark Aaron

Charles: "If the murderous coward had used his privately owned airplane as a weapon would you be saying that his purchase of a private plane was a red flag? When the jihadist attacker used his car and knife to attack others at The Ohio State University was his purchase of a car or a knife a red flag? When Timothy McVeigh rented the Ryder truck used to carry the bomb to the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City was that rental a red flag?"

That's some strawman you have erected Charles. While everything you listed are commonplace occurrences, buying 33 guns over a relatively short period of time is not a common thing unless you are a gun dealer. Common sense dictates that you should need a license to make those kinds of purchases so that law enforcement is aware of you.

Craig Lindberg

What is it about guns that makes some people lose all grasp of common sense? Why would buying 33 guns be a red flag for Las Vegas? A red flag of what? A 33-armed mass murder? Last time I checked, at most somebody can only shoot two guns at the same time and nobody can do so accurately at any distance other than point blank. One gun is all this guy needed. Maybe two or perhaps three at the most if he was really worried about a failure. If he’s switching guns, he isn’t firing, and you can reload a lot faster than you can switch guns. Nice touch dropping the race card too. Really strengthens your argument. /sarc

Mark Aaron

Craig: "One gun is all this guy needed. "

Yet again you show your ignorance of guns and what happens to them when you rapidly fire hundreds of rounds through them.

==> "and you can reload a lot faster than you can switch guns."

And yet again.

Craig Lindberg

The only one showing their ignorance if you Mark. It pretty entertaining to watch you try to shove your second foot in your mouth with the first already fully in place. Even if hundreds of rounds of quasi-automatic fire would melt a barrel (it won't), controlled fire from that distance and angle would have been much more devastating. As for reloading vs. changing guns, try it before making yourself look like a bigger fool.

PD Hyatt

It is amazing how many of the progressive leftists continue to write about things that they know nothing about.... Where in our Constitution does it say how many guns we are allowed to buy? The leftists media and their sheeple are so amazing in their hatred of our nation and what we were founded on.....

Mark Aaron

Paul: "Where in our Constitution does it say how many guns we are allowed to buy? The leftists media and their sheeple are so amazing in their hatred of our nation and what we were founded on....."

Where in the Constitution does it say drugs are illegal?

Craig Lindberg

Once again good old predictable Mark shows he has not a scrap of intellectual honesty - always changing the subject when he has no legitimate argument - and even then his arguments are BS. Where in the Constitution does it say you have a right to drugs?

Carlos Ponce

"The Congress shall have Power To lay and collect Taxes, Duties, Imposts and Excises, to pay the Debts and provide for the common Defence and general Welfare of the United States; but all Duties, Imposts and Excises shall be uniform throughout the United States" Article I, Section 8, Clause 1 US Constitution
Many did not know that the government printed tax stamps for drugs or substances deemed harmful. Possession of such drugs without the stamp had penalties.
While the Marihuana Tax Act of 1937 was overturned in Timothy Leary v. United States it was soon replaced by the Controlled Substances Act. Interesting that this act's Constitutionality comes from the government's authority to enforce treaties.
While overturned in Leary vs. US, individual states may levy taxes over drugs deemed illegal to possess if their state constitutions and laws permit.
For Texas see "2005 Texas Tax Code CHAPTER 159. CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES TAX"
https://law.justia.com/codes/texas/2005/tx/002.00.000159.00.html
While the taxes mentioned may have been rescinded, Texas may still impose other penalties under the 10th Amendment.

Mark Aaron

Craig: [Once again good old predictable Mark shows he has not a scrap of intellectual honesty - always changing the subject when he has no legitimate argument - and even then his arguments are BS. Where in the Constitution does it say you have a right to drugs?]

You have come in late and you are confused Craig. I was responding to this comment:

Paul: "Where in our Constitution does it say how many guns we are allowed to buy?

I was making the point that not everything needs to be written in to the Constitution to be law. Carlos alludes to it in his helpful response. Hamilton speaks to the point in his oft cited Federalist #29:

_ It would be as absurd to doubt, that a right to pass all laws NECESSARY AND PROPER to execute its declared powers, would include that of requiring the assistance of the citizens to the officers who may be intrusted with the execution of those laws, as it would be to believe, that a right to enact laws necessary and proper for the imposition and collection of taxes would involve that of varying the rules of descent and of the alienation of landed property, or of abolishing the trial by jury in cases relating to it. It being therefore evident that the supposition of a want of power to require the aid of the POSSE COMITATUS is entirely destitute of color,_

https://www.congress.gov/resources/display/content/The+Federalist+Papers#TheFederalistPapers-29

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