Ever since our president gave his tear filled oration
on how he plans to save us from ourselves, I’ve been
thinking. And I have come to some conclusions that
you may, or may not, agree with.
On top of the list is the fact he doesn’t have the
power to do what he is proposing, and the fact that
the 2nd Amendment assures us that our right to keep
and bear arms will be free of governmental
If we understood correctly he wants to expand
background checks to prevent felons from getting a
gun. Okay, but every study I’ve seen on the subject
state felons don’t buy guns legally.
He mentioned improved mental health screening and
reporting to the background check system also
improved access to mental health care. And that
begs the question; if someone seeks help for coping
with the grief of losing of loved one, would that
be cause to not be able to purchase a gun?
One idea of his makes no sense to us. How would
improved sharing of criminal history between states
help with gun control? The background checks are
done on a national level.
I do agree with the idea of better enforcement of
current gun laws but wonder how our government,
given its current track record, could achieve that
goal. The same goes for tracking guns stolen from
gun dealers or illegal firearm trafficking.
His idea of better gun safety technology is a pipe
dream. We don’t need fingerprint recognition
technology or other things he mentioned, nor more
fees and taxes. The 89 million legal gun owners didn’t
kill anyone today and won’t unless forced to
protect themselves and their families.
If you are old enough you may remember a time when
you could walk into the local hardware store and buy
a gun. You had to show your driver’s license, it was
recorded in a logbook, you paid and walked out with
your new gun. The odd thing is that gun violence was
unheard of then.
It’s time to stop using the band-aid on a broken
leg approach to problem solving.
Comments are always welcome.