Gun Control My Position – Enough Is Enough
“Thoughts and prayers” by state and federal officials are simply not enough in the way of the latest mass shooting of American children at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School of Parkland, Florida. Not this time. The NRA cannot control the elected officials, and the elected officials should not succumb to the NRA. Not now, not during elections, not ever. It is time for Congress to do its job and make significant gun controls laws that will stem the tide of violence and mass shootings, laws that when properly written will make a difference and protect the innocent.
I am for gun regulation, and I am very cognizant of the Second Amendment as with all the amendments in the Constitution. The right to keep and bear arms and the presence of a well-regulated militia were critical to our independence. But, let’s not forget, when the Constitution was written our weapons were no different than the weapons of the British or foreign soldiers we were fighting. The militia was needed and was critical to our independence but that was a different time and age.
What about now? We need controls; registering each gun purchase in a national registry, licensing the gun owner in a national registry; proof of training that needs to be renewed; strict background checks; and preventing unqualified persons from purchasing guns. When erratic or threatening behavior is reported, guns must be confiscated and licenses revoked until the person has gone through psychological testing and recertification. All of this information must be in a national registry that can be accessed by all law-enforcement agencies.
Guns intended for sport and hunting could be excluded, but all other rifle and handguns with high capacity magazines need to be severely restricted. There needs to be a very, very good reason why anyone would want a gun with large capacity magazines similar to those that have been used to kill and injure large numbers of people in a short period of time – and the desire for an 18-year-old to simply want to own a gun is not reason enough. Many of these laws are existing laws, others are not, and the variances from state to state and city to city are extreme. But it is time for Congress to legislate gun control and put an end to this madness.
It is time for gun advocates, and those who believe the political rhetoric about federal tyranny or defending ourselves from internal insurrection and invading foreign powers, to realize that the most powerful weapons we have for the “security of a free State” is not the Second Amendment, but the First and Fifteenth Amendments.