Gypsy's Soapbox

Gun Control - Now More Than Ever!

As we all know, in the current political climate, the chances for comprehensive common sense gun control in the United States is only a pipe dream as long as the National Rifle Association controls Congress and state legislatures, for if they did not, we would have seen effective laws passed years ago resulting in countless lives saved.

Nevertheless, this insanity in our system of gun laws must end. Enough is enough is enough is enough already! Actually, it is far past that time.

Of the estimated 70+ mass murders in the United States since 1982, most of the shooters obtained their weapons legally. Demographically, the shooters in all but one case involved males, usually white, with an average age of 35 years.

Do laws expanding gun possession, concealed or not, actually "save lives"? According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, gun-related violence has reached epidemic proportions in our country by snuffing out the lives of upwards of 30,000+ people and wounding many more annually. On average, guns end the lives of more than 80 people in the United States every day. Each year, gun violence affects over 100,000 people in some way. Many of the guns used in these killings reach military level weapons power, guns which currently remain legal. Today in the United States, there are 88.8 firearms per 100 people.

Should any limits be placed on the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution, which reads: "A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed"?

We seem somehow only to spout the second clause in that sentence while forgetting the first, especially the term "well-regulated"!

I'm no constitutional scholar, but isn't that by definition the "National Guard"? Citizens in each state who volunteered to be trained and equipped to defend our homes.

I live in a town where gun ownership is higher than 88.8 people out of 100 per capita. I own guns. So before you start thinking "here's someone else who wants to take our guns away", don't come with that lame bullshit! The only people who ever mention taking guns away from people are the pro-gun people. Reasonable people who are for gun control only want guns out of the hands of people who shouldn't have them!

I propose that we reevaluate the political Right's obsession with the so-called "freedom" to bear arms because it is not only "criminals who kill people" as Second Amendment advocates claim. Therefore,

  • We must increase the waiting period and make background checks more rigorous and effective!
  • We must close loopholes such as buying a weapon at a gun show!
  • We must ban the purchase of firearms and ammunition on the internet!
  • We must ban and criminalize the possession of automatic and semi-automatic weapons!
  • We must ban and criminalize the purchase and possession of armor piercing bullets, and also hollow-tip bullets!
  • We must limit the number of bullets any civilian firearm clip can hold!
  • We must rethink the "logic" of permitting concealed weapons, especially in places like houses of worship, colleges, bars, restaurants, and political rallies!