By Paul K. Schwartz @PKSpaul
When are people going to finally accept the reality that, when it comes to gun ownership, America is different from any other nation? America has what is commonly referred to as a gun culture. In America, we hunt for our food. How will we provide food for our families if our ability to hunt is hindered in any way?
You think they hunt for food in Europe or Canada or South America or, even, the Middle East or Far East? No, they don’t. They have marketplaces to purchase food. In some highly-advanced countries they even have what is commonly referred to as supermarkets.
They don’t even hunt for food anymore in Africa. Well, that is no one but Don, Jr. and Eric but that is only because they had the legitimate justification that there isn’t as much wildlife on Fifth Avenue as there, apparently, used to be.
Moreover we, here, in the United States have something that no other country on earth has. We have the Second Amendment to the Constitution which specifically states, and I quote: “Everyone in America regardless of age, mental state, or history of violence, terrorism or psychopathic behavior (in other words, any wacko) is not only entitled to but should have access to any gun including military assault weapons.” I think the intent of our founding fathers is quite clear when it comes to gun ownership.
Of interest is the use of the word “wacko” in the crafting of the language to the Second Amendment. According to Madison family lore, the word “wacko” was commonly used by Dolly Madison in describing James whenever Dolly advised him that her mother was coming to stay with them for a few weeks.
So, my fellow Americans, don’t be swayed by the reality of the continued mass slaughter of our children, our neighbors, our relatives in places like classrooms, shopping malls, movie theaters, night clubs, concerts, and places of worship. We must, at all costs, protect the right of every American, no matter how “wacko,” to own and use a gun regardless of the horrors inflicted on our society.
Now our esteemed president, in the aftermath of the horrific mass murder in the synagogue in the Squirrel Hill section of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, suggested that the murders would have been drastically reduced if there was an armed guard present.
Very insightful of our president.
I guess the proprietors of the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, California must have taken his advice seriously since they did have an armed guard at the door the night 12 innocent patrons and a law enforcement responder were murdered at their establishment. Unfortunately that guard was the first to be murdered and the armed law enforcement officer not too long after. I guess the guard didn’t anticipate the onslaught before it began.
So what, on a more serious note, can be done that might, just might, be more effective to stem the wave of never-ending mass murders than the current antidote of thoughts and prayers?
According to the Newtown Action Alliance, which was established in the aftermath of the horrific mass murder of 20 small first- and second-graders in Newtown, Massachusetts on Dec. 14, 2012, there is plenty that can be done and it is up to you to make sure anyone and everyone knows about it regardless of the state in which they live.
Here are the recommendations and each and every one of them is doable and necessary:
- Background checks on all gun sales.
- Close the Charleston loophole or “delayed denial” where federally-licensed dealers can sell guns if three business days pass without a verdict from the FBI.
- Restrict and penalize firearm possession by or transfer to a person subject to a domestic violence protection order or a person (including dating partners) convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor.
- Prohibit firearm sale or transfer to and receipt or possession by an individual who has: (1) been convicted in any court of a misdemeanor hate crime, or (2) received from any court an enhanced hate crime misdemeanor sentence.
- Mandatory waiting period for gun purchases.
- Red flag/gun violence restraining order/extreme risk protection order to temporarily prohibit an individual deemed by a judge to pose a danger to self or others, from purchasing or possessing firearms or ammunition and allow law enforcement to remove any firearms or ammunition already in the individual’s possession.
- Handgun permitting, licensing, training, and registration.
- Ban bump-fire stocks and other dangerous accessories.
- Ban future manufacture and sale of assault weapons, regulate existing assault weapons under the National Firearms Act of 1934, and initiate a federal gun buyback program.
- Limits on high-capacity magazines.
- Prohibit open carry.
- Make gun trafficking a federal crime.
- Repeal Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA) to eliminate the corporate gun industry special protection from civil justice law that no other industry enjoys.
- Fund government research on gun violence.
- Child access prevention/safe storage requirement.
- Provide resources for people with mental illness.
- Microstamped code on each bullet that links it to a specific gun.
- “Smart guns” with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) or biometric recognition (fingerprint) capability.
- Limit gun purchases to one gun per month to reduce trafficking and straw purchases.
- Require licensing for ammunition dealers.
- Enhance accountability of federally-licensed firearms dealers.
- Digitize the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) gun records.
- Raise the minimum age for gun purchases to 21.
- Ban 3D and ghost guns.
- Prohibit guns in schools and college campuses.
- Report lost and stolen guns.