What real gun control would look like
The Kansas City Star
America’s gun fanatics want their opponents to think it’s impossible to pass meaningful gun control in this country.
That’s why the NRA, some members of Congress such as U.S. Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri and others are pooh-poohing any talk about passing anything that limits gun buying and selling.
Here’s the flip side of the coin: Americans galvanized by the slaughter of 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary ought to be pushing harder for real gun control legislation.
Take a look at Japan’s experience. For a country of 127 million people, it’s very encouraging.
What would tougher laws look like in the United States? Not one of these proposals would violate the 2nd Amendment, because Americans could still buy a gun to protect themselves.
Total ban on the sale of all assault weapons, with a much broader definition than in the 1994 law of what constituted an assault weapon.
Total ban on all gun shows.
Total ban on the production of high-capacity magazines - anything capable of providing more than six shots without reloading.
Gun buybacks across the nation to get millions of weapons out of homes.
Strict registration of every single gun in America, with a limit of one gun per person in each household.
Background mental checks for every person wanting to buy a gun.
Sound impossible to achieve?
I disagree. It’s 2012; what’s this country going to look like in 2022 if we fail to act and more and more assault weapons are stockpiled in homes across this nation? I shudder to think.
I think the alternative would be great: Fewer weapons for sale, fewer weapons bought, fewer weapons to be used in shootings (mass or otherwise).
I think the time to strike back against the gun nuts is now.
Those are some ways to do it without violating the Constitution. I’m sure there are others, and members of Congress serious about cutting into the gun fanaticism in this country should be pursuing all of them.