Congress Must Pass Sensible Gun Control Now!

Gun Control Legislation Is A Moral Imperative

America is once again reeling from a mass shooting that occurred today at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, just outside Milwaukee. What we know so far is that seven people were killed, including the gunman. One police officer is in surgery after being shot several times.

This latest act of senseless and deplorable violence takes place less than three weeks after the Colorado theater massacre that left 12 people dead and 58 wounded.

In the wake of that shooting, New Jersey Sen. Frank Lautenberg and New York Rep. Carolyn McCarthy offered up legislation that would limit online sales of ammunition while placing requirements on gun dealers to report bulk ammunition sales. Among members of Congress, this puts Lautenberg and McCarthy in the same category as John the Baptist, "Lone voices crying out in the wilderness."

In the past weeks, we have repeatedly heard the details of that horrible night
in Aurora, Colorado. We remain shocked that it was legal for that young man to purchase all those weapons and bullets, including an AR-15 and 6,000 rounds of ammunition.  And still, when the crucial question is asked, "What can we do so this never happens again?," the answer is always the same, "NOTHING!,” and so Milwaukee happens.

We can purchase any firearm we want, including a semi-automatic assault weapon, as if God and the Second Amendment created all firearms equally. Does anyone seriously believe the Founding Fathers imagined buying an AR-15 on line when they passed the Second Amendment and the rest of the Bill of Rights in 1791? How many innocent people have to die in movie theaters, fast-food restaurants, classrooms, and elsewhere before we acknowledge that something isn't working.

The Lautenberg-McCarthy bill will not end gun violence. The bill, however, is an important first step. Every member of Congress should search his or her soul when it comes to drafting and passing sensible gun control legislation. To shy away from tackling what has become a recurring nightmare is unconscionable.

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Ed Dantes August 09, 2012 at 02:11 AM
GeorgeS30, I don't think NJ will ever allow Open Carry. The state claims concealed is safer as no one will grab at "your" gun. All of your other ideas are required already in NJ (not CO), In addition to having to re-qualify at the range every six months. NJ simply just doesn't issue a Concealed Carry unless you are a Judge, Prosecutor, Ex-Police or Active Police. Read about the poor guy from NJ that was kidnapped (mistaken identity) by bikers and driven to the mid-west in the trunk and had to appeal three times to get his in Morristown. Additionally NJ Police are currently supposed to Approve or Deny (with reason) Firearms ID cards and pistol permits in 60 days or less. I know people who have waited close to a year for pistol permits and up to 8 months for ID cards. NJ doesn't enforce the laws they create already. I do think you have the correct idea however. Sadly the Theater in CO. has a policy forbidding Firearms in their theater, even if you have a carry permit. I think this sad event may have ended differently had people been able to fire back.
Ed Dantes August 09, 2012 at 02:21 AM
Matt, I'm all for getting rid of "real" assault weapons. No hunter needs an inaccurate Uzi or any FULL Automatic weapon to hunt. However my little Ruger 10/22 is considered a plinkster with a 10 round magazine, however if I put a 15 round magazine some want to call it an assault weapon. That's ridiculous in my opinion. The same goes for my pistols, 10 rounds = OK, 15 = Assault weapon. NJ Politicians just love to go off have cocked and create laws that don’t work. The reason there is so much violence in Chicago is the criminals know the public is unarmed and the Police are under staffed. Remember when seconds counts, the Police are just minutes away. A gun isn’t good or evil, the person is.
John August 31, 2012 at 03:55 PM
To say any gun is more dangerous than other is asinine. Just because a gun looks scary does not make it any more lethal. Guns are guns. There are many reasons to own a gun, and hurting people is not one of them. I like to hunt, shoot targets and shoot skeet. A gun like a AR-15 or AK-47 is good for target shooting. Uninformed people like yourself are the problem. A .22lr kills more people than the "scary" guns and they are commonly used by youths. I used one in Boy Scouts. Also saying "If you are a gun owner, you can keep your pistols or rifles." an AK47 or AR15 IS a rifle. They fire the same ammunition as other sporting rifles. If you want to keep "dangerous stuff" off the streets I suggest getting rid of cars. Gun deaths are EXTREMELY low in comparison of car accidents, malpractice deaths, posionings, etc. Here's a modest proposal, if you want to stay safe don't drive, throw out all the noxious chemicals in your house and don't go to the doctor. The only thing that bothers me a lot in this country is knee-jerk reactions with zero basis on actual facts. People like you, like to use narrow scope information, if using any information at all and "demand" that their bubble world is not burst. I suggest doing what intelligent people do. If you find an issue, FIRST look up BOTH sides of the issue, RESEARCH, then and only then can you come up with an opinion.
John August 31, 2012 at 04:07 PM
First of the definition of an assault weapon is VERY VERY loose. As Ed stated a target pistol with 1 round too many turns into an "assault weapon". As a gun collector I like my "assault weapons". I collect them just as you would collect stamps or bottle caps. Do I NEED them? No. Do you NEED a car? No, take the bus it gets you there. Also, when heading to that movie theater I would be way more concerned about getting killed in a car crash or dieing because your doctor prescribed you the wrong dosage of your meds or possibly having a heart attack while watching the movie. All of those are more likely to kill you than some wack job. Another note...Do you really think criminals follow laws? They will get guns even if there was a national ban on them. Also another fact...if you have a criminal record you CANNOT get guns. Period. The end. Criminals don't go out to get an FID, get fingerprinted, pay the 60 bucks, wait for god knows how long to get a gun. I think the only real reform that needs to be made is changing some of the draconian gun laws like the rest of the country. Other than that I think NJ does a pretty good job at keeping track of where it's LEGAL guns are. Unless you have been through the wringer trying to get a legal gun in NJ, you don't understand how many checks there are.
Yehuda Alan January 06, 2013 at 11:54 AM
Somehow you can never get away from the famous saying, Guns don't kill, people kill. Someone said that the founders could not have possible imagines the types of weapon available today when they passed the 2nd Amendment. That is an interesting although hypothetical argument, we don't really know what they would have imagined or not. However, one thing is certain, our society is very very different than the society then. We have violent movies, violent video games, atheism has replaced religion in schools, kids are not taught proper moral values and how to behave in society. So yes, times have changed but basic principles stay the same. You REALLY want to eliminate violence, let's face ALL violence is bad, not just violence committed with a gun, WE have to change the entire culture not just pass band-aid laws when tragedies happen.


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