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GUNS: Proposal treats symptoms, not causes

Letter by William S. Bryan, Roy on Feb. 13, 2013 at 12:29 pm with No Comments »
February 13, 2013 12:32 pm

I oppose the gun-control legislation and particularly the “universal background check” proposed by Sens. Charles Schumer and Dianne Feinstein that would criminalize private firearms transfers, among other things. Besides impairing private property rights and infringing on the Second Amendment, it boils down overall to a cynical scheme to treat symptoms, not causes.

Liberal policies the past 50 years have liberated the actual causes of mass shootings to roam the streets, all laden with “rights” but lacking the corresponding responsibilities. History from 1994 to 2004 tells us gun bans do not prevent mass shootings. Clearly, mental illness and criminality must be effectively addressed instead.

The currently proposed legislation is another simplistic “progressive” take-scissors-from-children reaction that would oppress (and now rob through transferability prohibitions) owners of the millions of guns that will not now or ever be used in crimes or insane rampages. I expect more of legislators than knee-jerk feel-good counterfeit “solutions” that erode constitutional rights.

Congressional efforts should be directed toward an effective constitutional solution: Treat or jail the mentally ill and criminals as appropriate, and the guns they would otherwise have used will behave themselves.

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