Posted by: coastcontact | June 18, 2016

Some Guns Need to be Banned

When will the Federal government stop massacres? Why should the public be victim to crimes that can be reduced? When only about 15% of the population owns firearms why must the rest of us hope and pray that no one in our family is a victim when they go to a shopping mall or other public location?

We have an amendment to the constitution that provides for everyone to own a gun for their own protection and for use in a militia. That right does not say that crazy, mad, and the mentally imbalanced have a right to fire arms.

Semi-automatic weapons and assault weapons used in war appear to be the guns used to for massacres in most instances. So why aren’t these weapons banned? The AR-15 assault rifle was among the weapons banned by the federal government up until 2004, when the ban expired. It has not been renewed. The gun lobby and the NRA have done an outstanding job of preventing sensible regulations. It is obvious that our congress is subject to the will of those businesses and gun hobbyist groups that want to stop all regulation.

Both automatic and semi-automatic weapons should be banned.

The following list is not a complete listing. The lives lost and the lives permanently maimed should be sufficient motivation for new enforcements.

Place Date Number Killed Number Injured Weapon Used
Orlando Fl., nightclub June 12, 2016 49 17 similar to an AR-15
Virginia Tech April 16, 2007 32 53 22-caliber Walther P22 semi-automatic handgun and a 9 mm semi-automatic Glock 19 handgun.
Newtown, Conn, elementary school Dec. 4, 2012 27 1 AR-15 assault rifle
San Bernardino, Calif., community center Dec 4, 2015 14 21 Smith & Wesson M&P assault rifle
Binghamton, New York, outside the American Civic Association April 3, 2009 13 4 2 hand guns
Washington Navy Yard Sept. 3, 2013 12 3 AR-15 assault rifle
Aurora, Colo. Movie theater July 29, 2012 12 58 AR-15 assault rifle
Charleston S.C. church April 19, 2015 9 1 45-caliber semi-automatic Glock handgun
Stockton, Calif., elementary school playground Jan. 17, 1989 5 30 AK-47 and a semiautomatic handgun
Ft. Hood, Texas April 2, 2014 3 16 5.7-millimeter pistol

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