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Gun Control Laws a Time to Act

Updated on April 13, 2013

Case and Point – a need for change and expansion of Gun Laws

In 1993, the Brady bill became law with compromise language on background checks which included a 5 day waiting period. The bill was designed with the idea that in the future, instant background checks would be available.

Current gun control laws requires background checks for people buying guns from federally licensed firearm dealers, but not for private sales, including at gun shows and on the Internet.

Relatives of the victims of those killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn cannot understand why Congress does not support background checks for those purchasing guns at gun shows and on the internet.

What’s wrong with a 5 day waiting period? Why is the NRA fighting measures to help ensure the safety of all Americans? While the right to bear arms is a constitutional right, there has to be a system of checks and balances to ensure society functions properly.

This week we add the following gun related tragedy to the list:

The suicide of Matthew Warren via internet gun purchase (no background check required)

-Would this have been different if there were questions evaluated related to mental health and depression?

-Would this have been different if there was a waiting period before the gun was just shipped with purchase?

Some of the major desires of the nine policy proposals:

  • Require background checks for all gun sales
  • Strengthen the background check system for gun sales
  • Pass a new, stronger ban on assault weapons
  • Limit ammunition magazines to 10 rounds
  • Finish the job of getting armor-piercing bullets off the streets
  • Give law enforcement additional tools to prevent and prosecute gun crime
  • End the freeze on gun violence research
  • Make our schools safer with new resource officers and counselors, better emergency response plans, and more nurturing school climates
  • Ensure quality coverage of mental health treatment, particularly for young people

At one time the most outrageous gun violence was committed mainly in socially-economic challenged environments with the occasional work-place violence massacres. Now almost daily we are hearing of two shot in mall, Sandy Hook, or the latest assassination of those in government or law enforcement situations. How can anyone oppose these measures in good conscious? If you do oppose the proposal THEN provide an alternative solution.

Francine Wheeler spoke of her grief regarding the loss of Ben Wheeler and others who were victims of the actions of a mass murderer. (Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown) Francine Wheeler took to media choking back tears pleading to "Please help us do something before our tragedy becomes your tragedy."

President Obama said “We won’t be able to stop every violent act, but if there is even one thing that we can do to prevent any of these events, we have a deep obligation, all of us, to try.” Amen!


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