A reader asked me where I would start with legislation to deal with gun violence. After all, I press for gun control on this blog continuously. It is the type of dialogue I wish more of us could engage in when it comes to the mass shootings and senseless killings with these weapons. Here, then, is a list of where I think such laws should be focused.
This would not solve all the gun crimes, but given the high volume of these weapons in the nation, these would start to deal with the most pressing issues.
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, 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 have laws on the books that would place a penalty for those who do not lock their guns up, thereby creating ‘an attractive nuisance’. For example, we must put an end to the gun owner who leaves a weapon in a glove compartment, and then also leaves the car unlocked.
I want legislation that would close the loopholes on background checks for sales of firearms, and requiring waiting periods before purchases of these weapons.
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.