What I Mean When Saying ‘Gun Control’
I again heard a figure tossed out on a news network yesterday that there exists more guns in America than people. That is a sickness that infects all geographic areas and economic classes.
When we start to review what happened in Connecticut we need to be mindful that each of us played a role in the disaster. Both Democrats and Republicans who take the NRA funds, and do the bidding of this blood-soaked lobbying organization in Congress are responsible. Each voter that accepts the malarkey from the NRA that gun control means stripping rights from hunters, and then casts a ballot based on that lie is a part of the problem. I too am responsible in that I and other Democrats do not force our candidates to take bolder gun control stands while running for election. We do not hold our elected official’s feet to the fire, and demand that they pass gun legislation with teeth while in office.
In other words we are all a part of the problem.
But as a means to taking a step forward (again) on this matter I want to address the broad themes I want to see enacted for meaningful gun control.
Limit the number of guns that can be sold in a time period, and also limit the amount of ammo that can be sold. A person can buy too many weapons, and purchase large amounts of ammunition. I also have serious problems–as many do–with being able to buy items of this type online. There also needs to be a complete closure of sales of guns at gun shows.
Lets me mindful that Colorado shooter James Holmes purchased 6,000 rounds of ammunition online, along with four guns at local stores, in the weeks leading up to the tragic event that claimed numerous lives and left dozens injured at a movie theater outside Denver. Had there been strict gun control in place those purchases would never have been allowed.
I want to see an end to the high-capacity ammunition clips that are meant solely to be used for the killing of people. My readers know, the same ones anyway, that the only reason to have 33 bullets loaded in a handgun is to kill a lot of people very quickly. As such these high-capacity clips simply should not be on the market.
Limit the types of guns that can be manufactured, and do the same with ammo. No one is talking about ending hunting, but the so-called dum-dum bullets and hollow-point bullets, and types of weapons that are designed to slaughter people are not the ones folks are taking out to the woods in Wisconsin to kill a deer, therefore drastically limit their manufacture.
I support coded ammo to track who purchased it, and also having laws on the books that would place a penalty for those who do not lock their guns up, thereby creating ‘an attractive nuisance’.
I want to see the assault weapons ban again the law of the land.
Finally I want funding to be restored, the funding that the NRA chokes off, for federal research on gun violence.
These are the themes I want to see enacted for meaningful gun control.