21st Dec 2012
The Obama regime did nothing with respect to gun control since his inauguration. Now, after Aurora and finally Newtown, everyone is all of a sudden focused and concerned and seeking ways to stem the 10,000 per year deaths in the US associated with gun violence. The Constitution has been interpreted and affirmed by the US Supreme Court in holding the 2nd Amendment protects an individual’s right to possess a firearm for traditionally lawful purposes and for self-defense – (see Texas and Florida especially). Most States require a criminal check before issuing a handgun or a rifle. Most States require a license to carry a handgun in a concealed holster or carry-bag. Here, in order to obtain a license, the applicant must complete a course of study, take a written test and pass a shooting test – (all of which is accomplished in ONE day). There are questions about one’s mental health and propensity for violence leading to any restraining orders all of which can easily be fudged. There are usually 3 issues in any shooting like Newtown, 1. The shooter, 2. The gun and 3 The environment in which the gun was obtained. For gun purposes, the clip is usually the single factor which can transform a hunting gun like a bushmaster (Newtown) to an assault rifle. Limits on the capacity of clips for rifles and handguns and the banning of assault type rifles I predict, will be impacted and restricted by the new laws to come. Even today, stores like Bass Pro Shops and various shooting ranges are virtually unable to order any new clips until the smoke settles with respect to the Newtown aftermath. As in Newtown, access to the guns was not a deterrent and new laws may require all rifles and handguns to be locked in a safe with trigger locks. However, if that is the case and a person has the gun for home self defense, the time it would take to access the gun with the ability to fire will make this process meaningless. Lastly, our nation’s ignorance with respect to mental health and treating our citizens who are suffering from it, will need to be addressed if we are serious about avoiding another Newtown massacre. As other nations like the UK, Scotland, Australia, Spain and Japan have virtually banned handgun ownership, the number of gun related deaths is miniscule – has the time come for our great nation to distinguish the right to form a militia to protect our State by assuring citizen firearm ownership? This will be determined by the power of the NRA and the power of the rural States v. the big City Slickers. If nothing is done soon, you know this will all fade away.