Posted by: coastcontact | April 12, 2013

People Kill People – Not Guns

Student charged in Va. mall shootings; 2 wounded; Gunman fires at father, 6-year-old son in Costa Mesa; What do these two incidents have in common?  The answer: people killing people.  The NRA and other gun rights advocates have told us repeatedly that “guns don’t kill people, people kill people.”

If we agree with those rights groups then the issue is dangerous people.  Some of those people are felons who are not allowed own guns and some of those people are mentally imbalanced in some way that should result in them being denied the right to own a weapon.

Why would reasonable mentally competent people want to see guns fall into the hands of felons or the mentally incompetent?

A partial solution to this problem is background checks on all gun buyers.  That kind of law would not have stopped Adam Lanza in Newtown, Connecticut.  It might have stopped the killing in Aurora, Colorado and Tucson, Arizona.

Even in nations with stricter gun regulations killing does happen.  Shouldn’t our laws work to prevent those horrible tragedies?

I am asking for sensible regulation that will keep weapons out of the hands of dangerous people.

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