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|