Gooch to protest Feb. 23 attempt to outlaw black rifles
by Gary Kent
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BEEVILLE – “Prohibition doesn’t work,” Capt. Gregory Gooch said Thursday.

That fact has become obvious over the years in the United States, but some politicians simply have not accepted the truth.

Gooch said he will be out on the street in downtown Beeville again on Feb. 23 to protest any attempt by the federal government to outlaw the possession of any weapon that uses .223-caliber ammunition.

The retired Merchant Marine captain said it was on Feb. 23, 2013, (2-23) that the federal government considered an attempt to outlaw the ownership by private individuals of “those ugly black rifles.”

Gooch, of course, was talking about the AR-15 and its cousins in the gun industry. The one thing those firearms have in common was that most of them are semiautomatic, and they fire the .233-caliber bullet.

The attempt to outlaw the rifles failed, but Gooch believes it is important for Americans to remember the attempts by some in the federal government to thumb their noses at the Constitution and outlaw the private ownership of guns.

The protestor said the ratification of the 18th and 23rd amendments to the U.S. Constitution were proof that prohibition usually has the opposite result that lawmakers intend.

The 18th Amendment, ratified in 1999, made the production, transportation and sale of alcohol illegal in the United States.

But all prohibition did was make organized crime richer and more powerful than at any other time in the nation’s history.

Finally, in 1933, the states ratified the 23rd Amendment which overturned the 18th and made production and sale of alcoholic beverages legal again.

By that time, the damage had been done. Organized crime had reached into numerous other endeavors including the illegal drug trade that the country continues to spend millions of dollars a year fighting.

“Imagine if the government decided to outlaw broomsticks,” Gooch said.

The captain is urging anyone who might be driving through downtown Beeville between 1 and 4 p.m. to honk their car horn in support if they see him standing near the intersection of U.S. Highway 181 Business and U.S. Highway 59.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at
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