It is impossible to fathom what is in the minds of members of the Senate and House that continue to block legislation that would decrease the use of firearms that kill innocent people. The Iowa senator Chuck Grassley, the leading Republican on the Senate judiciary committee, blocked a request on Thursday to proceed on gun control legislation in the Senate after the Michigan school shooting this week.
Grassley blocked expanding background checks condemning it as “hostile towards lawful gun owners and lawful firearm transactions”. He argued that “so-called universal background checks will not prevent crime and will turn otherwise law-abiding citizens into criminals.”
Think about that. Universal background checks would “turn law-abiding citizens into criminals.” How about background checks to prevent criminals and mentally challenged people from obtaining firearms?
Ethan Crumbley, the 15-year-old accused of killing four fellow students at a Michigan high school was identified by teachers as a troubled teenager. His father bought the gun he used just a few days before the killing. Would James Crumbley pass a background check? Perhaps, but every effort to keep weapons out of the hands of would be killers is worth the price of investigating someone’s background.
This shooting is reminiscent of the Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut shooting that killed 26 people, including 20 children
And society said “Who cares?”
People like Chuck Grassley are a danger to American society.