Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Gun Violence - re deux
Email to my representatives:
"One thing I will watch closely will be any and all votes on gun violence legislation. We need far more than has been proposed thus far. We need national gun registration and a complete halt to prior legislation limiting or denying the ability to study the problem. Without registration there is no way to figure out with any certainty how guns end up in the wrong hands. Without real study the forces of the NRA can shout down my first amendment rights.
Before the amendments I have the right to "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," and that trumps all the misstatements about what the 2nd amendment might mean."
My comment on a Huff Post article sums up the real underlying issue:
"Actually, the assault weapons ban is a nonstarter and does not matter nearly as much as some things that are not being discussed. 1.) Cancel prior legislation that prohibits even studying the issue. The NRA has pushed for this sort of backward move. 2.) We actually need a national gun registration. You can OWN any sort of weapon you want but it must be registered so that effective study of gun violence can be made. While one can make all the misstatements about the second amendment they want, after all it's still free country, it should not be allowed to diminish my right to, "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness," which current levels of gun violence most certainly do."