|Weak handed shooting becomes strong handed shooting...|
The individual who shot Giffords would have passed a background check. His family failed him, and our society's ability to deal with the mentally ill failed him. What stopped the shooting from being worse was the brave citizens standing nearby. In some respect Arizona has reacted well to this incident, removing infringements on the right to bear arms, concealed or otherwise.
Never bring a knife to a gun fight. Unless, the state infringes on the right to have guns, and then you are just in a knife fight. Never go to a knife fight…
New Jersey law says that unless they will NOT be approved, gun purchase permits SHALL be issued within 30 days. The Chief of Police quoted in the article claims it usually takes more than two months. Does he know that is against the law? (It sometimes takes three months, six months, etc, even for LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS to purchase guns personally).
Solution? Enforce the laws regarding prohibited possessors (i.e. already convicted felons) and have truth in sentencing (get sentenced to 4 years, actually serve 4 years) for the use of a gun during a crime. In New Jersey - the criminals know very well that there is little risk in criminals possessing guns...
He was arrested, but what amount of time will her serve? He has two prior robbery convictions and one weapons conviction. He was in possession of another gun four months after being released from prison. A gun stolen out of Virginia. No background check required for that. What should be the penalty for him on his fourth strike?
Denying felons the right to bare arms has been a time honored legal precedent in all countries whose systems are based on English Common Law and nobody argues that. That being said, an armed society is a polite society and it is better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6.
And in a related story -- well not THAT related, but close enough for government work:
The 2nd Amendment isn't a mystery. It very clearly states, " ... shall not be infringed." But we all know that's just another part of that inconvenient Constitution.
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