The gun control supporters are wasting no time in their efforts to impose strict and senseless gun laws on the American people. This latest shooting or assassination attempt on January 8, 2011, in Tucson, Arizona, has started another heated gun control debate.
Six people are dead, which includes a federal judge and a nine-year-old child. The leading target in this shooting was Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was critically wounded from a single gunshot to the head that traveled the length of the brain. As of Friday afternoon, her condition continues to improve, and she will be moved into rehab on Friday.
Within 24 hours after this shooting tragedy, lawmakers throughout the nation were blaming the easy access to firearms United States citizens have in this country. One congressman, who is also from Arizona, stated on NBC's Meet the Press the following morning, "Gun laws have to be examined." It is also interesting to know that Arizona is one of three states that permit a resident to carry a concealed handgun without having a license to carry. The other two states are Alaska and Vermont.
The shooting suspect is a 22-year-old male who is a resident of Arizona. This person purchased a 9 mm Glock and two high-capacity, 33-round magazine clips at a Sportsman Warehouse Store in Tucson in November for approximately $500. Federal law requires a background check to ensure that he was eligible to make such a purchase. Federal law prohibits the sale of firearms to anyone who has been convicted of a felony (unless the person's rights have been restored by the state) as well as to anyone who has been adjudicated as being mentally defective. The shooter most likely passed this test. Before the shooting, it was well known this individual had been suspended from a community college for being mentally unstable. This person also had an arrest record, but not for a felony.
This past Tuesday, United States Senator Frank Lautenberg, D-New Jersey, announced that he plans to introduce legislation that will prohibit the manufacture and sale of high-capacity clips like the one the shooter used in this tragedy. Lautenberg is well known as being an enemy of guns and gun owners for several years. Another lawmaker went as far to say that "possession of a gun is only a privilege, it is not a right." Well, I will hold back what I would say if a politician were to make a statement like that to me.
The great gun control debate has been going on for nearly 50 years. For all practical purposes, it started in 1964 a few months after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. In 1968, with the assassination of civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, and Presidential candidate, Robert Kennedy, gun control supporters were successful in passing the 1968 Gun Control act. This has done very little if anything to reduce crime. Under this act, no person could purchase a modern firearm through the mail unless they were a federally licensed gun dealer.
I do not know how many times I have heard the Sarah Brady group say "they are only interested in restricting handguns." Well now, the only difference between a handgun and a long gun (rifle or shotgun) is a hacksaw blade.
We have a criminal justice system in this country. When someone commits an act of murder like this one in Arizona, justice should be certain and swift. For example, Leon Czolgosz shot President William McKinley on Sept. 6, 1901. McKinley died Sep. 14, 1901. Czolgosz was tried, convicted of premeditated murder, and died in New York's electric chair on Oct. 29, 1901. This is swift justice.
Gun control will most likely be a subject of discussion during the next session of congress. All area gun owners need to closely watch what congress does in the next few months. They need to write or let their senators, congressmen, and congresswomen know that they highly value their 2nd Amendment rights, and these rights are sacred. I have said hundreds of times and will say it again, the availability of guns regardless of the type is not a problem and never has been a problem. The real problem is a criminal justice system that cannot or will not do its job.