Slow down the rush
Original post made by Tim Hunt on Jan 15, 2013
What's been remarkable in the understandable public furor after the Sandy Hook massacre is how little attention has been paid to what might actually work versus politicians simply looking for symbolsthe "assault weapons" and high-capacity magazines. Personally I cannot understand the need for a 30-round clip for a semi-automatic rifle, but I am not a gun person.
That said, where is the discussion about the overwhelming gun violenceyoung black man against other young black men. Look no farther than the biggest city in our county, Oakland. Four murders last weekend.
The victims were not killed in a school classroom by a deranged gunman, but were a part of a continuing pattern of violence. I will be astonished if the president and other politicians address this violence. It's easy to pander with assault rifles and over-sized magazineswhat's far more difficult is the ongoing murder rate in the inner cities.
Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner was out pitching her proposal last week to track all of the ammunition sold in the state. But California has pretty strict gun laws that do not seem to be making much difference in Oakland.
It's easy to get caught up in the hysteria and miss the larger picture. Part of that picture is what business the federal government has with tracking gun ownership. These awful events invite government over-reach and each time it further limits our constitutionally guaranteed freedoms.
The potential national registry would focus on law-abiding citizens who choose to own guns. Of course, what other registries are in play for constitutionally guaranteed freedoms? Amazingly, you have to show identification to cash a check or get on an airplane, but not to cast a vote. When I was actively working on education reform, there was no way to track a student who left one school and moved out of town or to see how high school graduates performed once they moved on to college.
We saw similar over-reach, with arguably a better cause, in the first editions of the Patriot Act that ignored privacy rights and gave the government substantially more power to investigate activities of private citizens.
What's required is a deep breath and a thoughtful conversationnot a rush to judgment driven by pandering politicians.
on Jan 15, 2013 at 9:27 am
liberalism is a disease is a registered user.
Simple, Uncle Joe would much rather take the easy route and blame inanimate objects than the nutcases who use them. There are already plenty of guns laws on the books and adding more may make politicians feel better, but unless they address mental health deficiencies, we'll continue to have tragedies like Sandy Hook.
Of course, the 'task force' lead by plugs Biden is political and has no intention of actualy solving anything other than undermining the lobbying efforts of the NRA.
Regarding big city violence, you probably noticed that Chicago had over 250 gun related murders last year. They also have lots of gun laws on the books in Illinois, yet we need more laws to make the low information voters think our politicians care about our safety.
But guns are the problem...they are bad, very, very bad. Maybe if the NRA contributed more money to dems, the focus would not be solely on guns.
on Jan 15, 2013 at 10:16 am
mooseturd is a registered user.
I haven't seen any consideration of technology-based methods of easing the problem. What if every gun sold after 2018 must be equipped with user recognition so that only an authorized user could shoot? How about GPS tracker chips in every gun? Require gun storage to be in safes equipped with auto-dial-a-cop in the event that they are forced or moved. Register all users of psychotic drugs.
on Jan 15, 2013 at 10:17 am
mooseturd is a registered user.
Purchase of a gun should require a prescription from a mental health professional.