Gun control laws shouldn’t be based on the emotional appeal of those directly involved in the Sandy Hook tragedy, or from Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, or the tragic events that occurred in movie theaters or schools, all perpetrated by madmen bent on destruction.
The proposed Congressional gun laws would not have prevented any of those incidents.
The Supreme Court ruled in 2008 in District of Columbia v. Heller (554 U.S.570) that individual American citizens have the right to keep and bear arms under the second amendment, unconnected to service in a militia - a popular argument used by those on the left.
The Supreme Court also ruled in 2010 in McDonald v Chicago (561 U.S. 3025) that the Second Amendment limits state and local governments to the same extent that it limits the federal government - the defense rests, Governor Pat Quinn and Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
It’s difficult enough trying to get our elected officials in Illinois to follow the gun laws, as defined by the courts, regarding “concealed carry.” Why do gun control proponents think criminals will follow the law?
Criminals or madmen will not obey any of the restrictions of the proposed gun control laws. They will not register their guns, they will not buy guns where background checks are required, but they will illegally obtain automatic weapons with the largest magazines of armor piercing ammunition, regardless of laws passed by Congress or the local authorities.
How could anyone disagree with this fact? Criminals do not follow the rule of law. They do not follow the current laws and they will not follow the new proposals. That’s what makes them criminals.
These new gun control laws will only disarm or interfere with those who obey the laws of the land, the ones who pay fines and the ones who must protect themselves from the criminals who roam our streets.
Therefore, the proposed gun control laws can only be directed at the law abiding citizens, and the overriding question has to be – why?
Gun control laws that will actually work would punish those who misuse guns in the commission of a crime. Strictly enforce the laws that are already on the books and make the punishment fit the crime.
Add an extra 10 years to the sentence of anyone misusing a firearm, and if the gun is shot in the commission of a crime, 15 years should be added to the sentence. Let law abiding citizens receive the proper training and defend themselves and their families wherever they go.
Armed security should be provided in gun free zones to protect citizens or children who would not be able to protect themselves in such environments, but must frequent such areas, such as schools, malls or theaters.
Gun control proponents need look no further than Chicago to see the failure of their efforts - over 500 murders last year - going at even a faster clip (pardon the pun) this year, with some of the most strict gun control laws in the country.
“Criminal violence” in not curtailed by gun control laws. ”Gun violence” is a misnomer.