What It Will Take?
- Should Cities be Able to Adopt Their Own Gun Laws?
Radio Smart Talk for Thursday, July 19: Any law related to guns is controversial in Pennsylvania. Such is the case with the law adopted by 30 cities across the state that requires gun owners to report lost or stolen guns.
- Colorado Shooter Likely Got Guns With Ease--The Nation
Gun-rights groups have progressively weakened gun laws in Colorado and beyond, and the White House appears uninterested in fighting back.
Enough is Enough?
Killeen, Columbine, Santee, Virginia Tech, Fort Hood, Tucson, Aurora: but a few of the mass shootings that have taken place on American soil over the years. In the aftermath of all of them, the same questions are asked. How did this happen? Why did this happen?
But I find myself asking a different question, "What is it going to take?". How long will Americans let the NRA and other groups that seem to insist that the Second Amendment is absolute set the agenda.
To the NRA, etc, I'd be seen as anti-gun. I have nothing against people owning them for sport, hunting or even personal protection. I do think though, that with the power to kill, comes a responsibility. When a citizen has a greater right to use lethal force than a police officer, I take issue.
To me the wake-up call will have to be dramatic. It may also need to involve the potental for a lot of collateral damage. It will also, likley, need to be caught on a cellphone and become viral on YouTube, etc.
One scenario I could see would be a "road rage" incident. Two motorists in a highway shootout. In between shots and reloading, weaving through the traffic. It could also be in a city, like something out of "Grand Theft Auto", etc. The role that the American "Culture of Violence" plays is a whole separate topic.
If not that, how about a situation where a few thousand people would be at risk? An argument during a sporting event spills out. One of the people has a concealed carry permit and decides to "stand his ground", would a video of a few thousand fans scattering though a stadium or arena be enough?
The next mass shooting is a matter not if, but when. Maybe this one will be it? We'll see people urge legislators to stand up to NRA and start trying to keep guns well regulated, just like the Constitution says.