Posted: 10/09/15 15:52
by Dave Mindeman
When the discussion is about guns, it is frustrating to watch the distortions develop. Gun rights activists seem to have convinced their supporters that any, and I mean any, kind of gun restriction legislation is somehow a violation of basic rights.
The NRA and gun manufacturers tell us that they want guns out of the hands of the mentally ill....yet, they thwart attempts to enhance or shore up background checks. They sympathize with the victims of these mass shooting tragedies but offer no solutions. They criticize the enforcement of the gun laws we have, yet continue to work to weaken them and open up loopholes which make them meaningless.
We used to have an assault weapons ban. That expired and was never renewed. Waiting periods are slapped down. Mandatory gun safety classes are deemed too restrictive. The ability to hold gun manufacturers accountable via lawsuits was eliminated by Congress.
Gun ownership will always be a part of American rights. That is the simple fact. But Americans have a right to safety as well and the proliferation of weapons of deadly force is a danger to everyone. Common sense ideas should not be cast aside simply because they have guns in the title. Let's have an honest debate about what we can do. And let's also try to quit arguing in the extremes.
This is not about jack booted thugs kicking down your door and demanding your weapons. This is about stopping mentally ill people from using guns for attention or taking others with you in a suicide. This is about making it harder for gangs and criminals to use weapons indiscriminately. This is about making gun ownership more responsible and avoiding accidental shootings in the home.
It is common sense...not a violation of rights. Outdoor sports are not in danger....but at the same time, I would hope that gun sports persons would agree that purchases of military grade weapons does not meet any common sense standard.
The arguments against gun safety legislation move immediately to 2nd Amendment violations. The 2nd Amendment is safe. It is not being challenged. But a safe society is not being maintained. Gun owners and gun safety activists should be agreeing on this.
Common ground is there, but we need to get rid of the noise.