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By Brian Hews
Publisher and President, Los Cerritos Community News
Before all you NRA members dismiss this column, I grew up shooting guns; youngest of three brothers who all hunted, I was shooting at ten years old; my trustee “4-10” shotgun. Handguns, rifles, you name it. So I can speak from experience of a gun owner.
Yes this is in the wake of the senseless tragedy at the Sandy Hook Elementary.
Our gun control laws are broken and need to be fixed. Access is to guns is too easy.
All you NRA members who say guns don’t kill people, I would agree, you are right.
It’s the NRA lobby, lining the pockets of Congress so they vote to more easily put guns in the hands of deranged people who then go out and kill people.
And there have been nineteen of these massacres since the Virginia Tech shooting. Nineteen counting the Sandy Hook tragedy.
And the NRA has the brass to hold a press conference today saying we should put armed guards at every school in the nation. Great idea! Why not at shopping malls, churches, libraries, and other high traffic areas while we are at it?
What are we a third-world country now?
The money lobby is blinding the NRA’s Wayne Le Pierre. Instead of solving the problem the NRA endorses putting more guns in the hands of non-police trained guards; sure, nothing will go wrong.
The myopic NRA is ignoring the real problem. When something is broken to the point it is causing deaths, either directly or indirectly, it must be fixed, no matter the cost, be it in financial or in freedom terms.
When a car is found to have a defective accident system, the car company will spend money to fix it, they have to or people will die and the company will go out of business.
When an airplane is found to have a defective system, every plane is pulled out of service and the company is ordered to fix it.
After 9/11 the whole concept of airport security changed to the point we now have no problem taking our shoes off and getting dosed with radiation to feel safe.
Yet instead of taking their shoes off, the NRA says give people more guns.
We have defective gun laws that need to be fixed. As a gun owner, I know the only thing assault rifles and handguns are good for is shooting targets, cans….. and people. You don’t go out dear hunting with an assault rifle.
So here’s an idea: ban the sale of all guns (toy guns too, sorry kids) , with the exception of sales to police agencies, etc., that shoot more than six bullets, no more assault rifles or high capacity clips.
If you can’t hit something using six bullets you don’t deserve to own a gun anyway.
You can only own three guns. The government implements a bullet registry system so a person can only buy a certain amount of bullets per month/year. If you go to a shooting range that does not count against your bullet ration, you use their bullets. Same goes with shells used for shooting clay pigeons.
Ban the sale of all guns and ammunition on the Internet unless you register and follow strict guidelines and background checks.
(Did you know the Mormon Church owns the largest gun sale site on the Internet? It is KSL.com, look under their classified section. )
What is your problem with that NRA?
Every year you have to register your car, pay taxes, renew your insurance, and so forth. Why not your guns and bullets?
Sure this will hurt the gun industry. Given what Wall Street and CalPERS/STERS are doing they have to react anyway, their stock is getting dumped.
The unregulated sale of guns is a problem that needs to be fixed, exactly like we fixed airport security. Something has to give; arming more people is not the solution.
Lastly and most important, Congress and the Senate must act.
They must always be reminded of those who were killed at Sandy Hook, those innocent little kids and the adults who tried to save them, and just say no to the NRA lobby.
It’s the right thing to do.
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