There are common events in our life that should help to bring a sense of peace and order that we all need. Unfortunately, some common events cast fear and despair into our lives suddenly, such as the 9/11 attacks, Oklahoma bombing, Sandy Hook massacre (I refer as “the killing of babies”). Only one of these three events has been duplicated over and over again for quite a few years.
The common denominator in our mass shootings has been two items (besides the deranged male shooter) — high capacity magazines and military-style weapons. A woman in a long-term abusive relationship may accept the abuse without believing there is any recourse. Such also is the relationship of accepting the notion that ordinary citizens should be allowed to purchase magazines that hold over 30 or 100 rounds and then randomly massacre people. The notion that citizens have a right to purchase any style military weapon or purchase armor-piercing bullets is like accepting an abusive relationship. Most commonsense law enforcement officials don’t want anyone with armor-piercing bullets, regardless of how many constitutional amendments they interpret as a right.
We are a country of 300 million and within that is a group of about 6 million gun owners who believe in no restrictions on ownership of any type of weapon. If the gun makers create a laser gun for the public next week, these gun owners’ belief is, “It’s my right to own it.”
President Obama has taken a bold, sharp stand for universal background checks for all gun purchases, which over 80 percent of gun owners support. Common sense seems to have a great chance this year over the few that choose guns over people (in the case of Sandy Hook — guns over babies). I hope the majority of the public (who wants guns reforms) with the help of the president can return us to commonsense gun laws.