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We must Stop Shooting Our Mouths Off About Gun Control

There might just be an opportunity to solve the problem of mass murders caused by disturbed people with guns. If we are able to get the politicians to avoid talking long enough to listen. They may realize they are both wrong on the problem of gun control. Note how carefully I chose my words there. Guns do not kill people. Disturbed people with guns kill people. Maybe this is usually a point we are able to all try to agree on? Maybe we can all agree that we’ve a genuine public safety issue in america today caused by a system that is broken. Unfortunately, have lots of proof what can go wrong when the system fails. It’s time for folks to stop talking and begin offering real answers.

To begin with, we have to have the politicians on the left stop politicizing this problem. They, more than anyone, have been behind the culture of violence found in America today. The liberalization of the media, television, movies, and on-line games have already been defended by their first amendment rights with little or no regard for the consequences they cause. We accept that it’s not an infringement of your first amendment rights to yell fire in a crowded theater but showing gratuitous violence is a lot more dangerous. There are and should be limits on which Hollywood can produce.

We also understand that the proper defends their second amendment rights in justifying weapons like the AR-15. Automatic weapons have always been banned as is running a bazooka, but the right properly states that the AR-15 is not an automatic weapon. It’s a false argument. The issue with the AR-15 isn’t whether it is an automatic weapon. A 9mm handgun includes a muzzle velocity of 1250 feet per second (FPS). When the bullet hits a bone, it stops. The muzzle velocity of an AR-15 is 2700 to 3300 fps depending on size of the barrel used. When it hits a bone, it splinters the bone and the bone shards splatter causing even more damage. That is why it should be classified as an assault weapon. Now do not get me wrong… I really do not advocate removing the right to own an AR-15. Lets admit what it really is and ensure it is difficult to get one assuming you have problems. I would like to solve a public safety issue by keeping it from the hands of people with mental issues and criminal backgrounds. Even the NRA appears to support this. The problem is the current system designed to do this does not work.

Consider this… Under today’s system, who’s responsible for checking a person’s background when they head to buy a gun? The gun store owner is. That is except if it is a private sale or perhaps a gun show, in which case no one does a background check (and there is no 3-day cool down period). The gun store owner, whose job it is to sell guns, does the backdrop check. There is an obvious conflict of interest there.

Further, there is absolutely no true point where all the persons information comes together. In the Broward County attack the individual had a history of mental illness, he previously posted irrational statements on his web-site, people had reported him to the FBI, and the authorities had been called to his house over thirty times. No-one was singularly in charge of saying “This person should not be able to buy or own a gun.” For exactly the same reason, public safety, we have to not defend his to own a gun beneath the second amendment. Public safety must override his second amendment rights.

Just how do we solve this?

We must license people to buy and possess guns. The licensing procedure ought to be tough because it should be an obstacle that weeds out those that should not own a gun. The licensing authority ought to be the point where all the persons background comes together. To acquire a license to own a gun, there must be a 40 hour program and an additional 40 hours for an assault weapon such as an AR-15. Police and veterans who’ve had training ought to be deferred from working out… but should still go through the application process. For anyone who is caught with a gun and so are not licensed there should be mandatory jail time and all your guns should be confiscated.

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