I know, I know, speaking up for gun control means opposing people who are armed, including a subset of psychopaths who might decide to shoot me. Admittedly, that risk is remote — although we just hosted the fourth school shooting in our state since 1998, so not infinitely remote.
Gun fever here burns bright. One of our legislators, a gun-owning former prosecutor, was recently on the verge of a recall vote because he sponsored a background check law. If someone like him struggles to tighten up laws, why even try?
After this week’s bloodletting, however, I’m ready to sound off, and so should the majority of Americans who agree. The psychopaths can’t shoot all of us. It’s time to:
- Track gun sales. 65% of US citizens agree.
- Ban automatic and semi-automatic weapons. 58% US citizens in favor. These guns are not for self-protection or hunting. These have one purpose: to kill people. They are also thrilling. I suspect automatic-weapon-high is one reason many fight to keep them.
- Ban assault-style weapons. 55% favor.
- Ban high capacity ammunition clips. 54% favor.
The Second Amendment is not under threat. Want a gun to protect your family from robbers? Great. Fearful of the federal government? Bogus. Assault weapons are tinker toys when up against a soldiers in Ohio or Nevada with joysticks and drones. Hunters — buy whatever rifles you want, as long as they don’t spray bullets.
Police in Great Britain, Ireland, Norway, Iceland and New Zealand don’t even carry guns.
If you haven’t seen this, here’s balm for the disheartened, courtesy of Australian stand-up comedian Jim Jeffries (if the link doesn’t work click here):
For those brave enough to fight for a ban on automatic weapons, bravo. Here’s my support, commitment and vote in favor.