In my short lifetime I can think of few times when there has been so much gun violence in the news headlines. Over the past couple years, there have
been several sensational shootings across the country. Looking back we remember Jared Loughner for his shooting of Gabby Giffords in 2011. We all
recall the evil grin of Loughner's mug shot. Somewhere in between the previous and the upcoming shooting we have the Zimmerman-Martin shooting; here
we have one civilian shooting another civilian, bringing Stand Your Ground
law into the
open for discussion and interpretation. Following this incident we arrive in Aurora, Colorado with James Holmes killing 12 people in a movie theater.
Not long after, on August 5th, a shooting occurs at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. Fast forward to the past two weeks and we have two incidents in New
York City. One incident involving a man wielding a knife and theatening civilians; NYPD police officers shoot and kill the man. A week later, a
disgruntled unemployed apparel designer shot and killed a former co-worker. Again, NYPD policer officers shoot and kill the man. Jeffrey Johnson, the
shooter identified by police, shot his co-worker in the head and next his torso. This past incident left 2 dead and 9 wounded.
Because I live in Upstate New York, I'll include two incidents from NY State. There was a shooting in Binghamton by a naturalized immigrant at an
immigrant center. I believe 14 were shot dead by the shooter, including himself. He had two Baretta's legally registered on his pistol permit. And
lastly, a disgruntled elderly gentleman decided to shoot up a Verizon store in Rome, NY with a revolver. An off-duty Rome police offer shot and killed
As stated above, I reside in Upstate NY. NY State has some of the most restrictive gun regulations in the United States. NYC has even more restrictive
gun regulations than the rest of the state. I am a supporter of the 2nd Amendment. I have several firearms, including pistols and rifles. The vetting
process in my county takes approximately 6 months. Most of the forms are criminal background checks and requests for medical records, specifically any
mental health medical records. Any hint of violence or domestic violence immediately disqualifies an applicant for a pistol permit in my county. While
I do believe our 2nd Amendment rights are paramount and important, I do believe there needs to be a resonable vetting process to keep firearms out of
the hands of violent felons and the mentally unstable.
While I do believe in a responsible vetting process for gun ownership, what I won't ever condone is, what I have come to term, Feel Good
. Feel Good Legislation is gun regulation put together by lawmakers who truly have no idea what gun ownership means. These politicians
don't have the slightest clue how to combat gun violence in this country, as evidenced by two Administrations approving and operating
Fast and Furious
. Let's look at some other Feel Good Legislation, shall we.
In NY I can carry my pistol concealed, loaded, and cocked on my person while driving, however, if I'm transporting my AR-15, the ammunition and the
weapon must be locked and separated in different compartments. Additionally, in my county a firearm must be paid for in full before I can submit the
receipt to the judge for approval. Typically, owners will put a deposit down on the weapon, then pay for the rest when it is to be picked up. Feel
Good Legislation usually only serves to irritate gun owners and does NOTHING to prevent gun violence or keeping firearms out of the hands of those who
should never possess them. Let's continue...a pistol permit taking 6 months in the process is required for me to obtain a handgun, however, I can
walk out of any Gander Mountain with a shot gun or rifle, including semi-automatic shot guns and assault rifles. Makes no sense. I can do way more
damage with my M-4 and a few 30 round Pre-ban magazines than I'll ever be able to do with my handgun. Lawmakers believe these regulations will help
them solve more crimes. People should really pay attention to this next point. Criminals do not wait 6 months for a handgun before they murder someone
or rob a bank. Criminals Do Not use firearms that are registered to themselves! Even criminals are Not that stupid, however, the politicians who
believe these "tricks" will help them catch criminals are that stupid. Looking at all the shootings I just recalled in NY, one of the most
restrictive gun control states in the U.S., well, how did that work out for them? Not good. Now lawmakers are talking about
. Again, more Feel Good Legislation that won't do a damn good of keeping
felons and criminals from obtaining firearms.
So it's tragic enough that we have these violent incidents involving firearms across the nation leaving tens of people dead. This list of shootings
doesn't even scratch the surface of gun violence in the United States, nor does it capture the true number of dead and wounded. Fareed Zakaria wrote
an article for August 20th issue of Time Magazine, titled, The Case for Gun
Control: Why Limiting Easy Access to Guns is Intelligent and American.
Mr. Zakaria describes gun violence in America as...
...off the chart
compared with every other country on the planet.
What he fails to detail in this article is that homocides and injuries resulting from blunt and
penetrating trauma, in countries like Great Britain and Canada is "off the chart when compared with every other country on the planet."
So the author of this Time article, The Case for Gun Control, reports several laws and politicians that attempted to ban firearms in the early years
of this country in several states. While this may or may not be true, Mr. Zakaria loses all credibility as he was suspended by CNN for plagiarizing
this information. Sorry Charlie...Busted!
Now most anti-gun groups report that the 2nd Amendment was intended for an organized militia and not for the individual. That the Amendment is no
My rebuttal: It seems our Four Fathers had enough sense and direction to place the 2nd Amendment, or the Right to Bear Arms, in the Bill of Rights.
Specifically, the Bill of Rights addresses Individual Rights
The original intent of these first ten Amendments was to restrict Congress
from abusing its power
The Second Amendment guarantees the right of adult men to keep their own weapons apart from state-run arsenals. New
Hampshire’s proposal for amendment was, "Congress shall never disarm any citizen unless such as are or have been in actual rebellion." New York
proposed, "... a well regulated militia, including the body of the people capable of bearing arms, is the proper, natural and safe defense of a free
State." Over time, this amendment has been confirmed by the courts to protect individual rights and used to overturn state legislation regulating
Mr. Zakaria, it appears you should have a closer look at the Constitution. And learn how to cite your sources.