An open letter to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives:
I’m writing to ask that you tighten up rules on guns, gun control and background checks. The reason that such efforts have failed in past is because of the intense lobbying of the National Rifle Association. Please consider the Sandy Hook school, the shootings at San Bernardino, Cailf., the shootings at the Columbine High School in Colorado, movie theaters in Aurora, Colo., Pulse Night Club in Florida, and the recent shooting in Las Vegas.
These events get media attention. But much more numerous are local shootings in bars, on the streets and in people’s homes. Isn’t it past due to get tough regulations and ignore the NRA? Regardless of the circumstances, the NRA always trots out the same lines.
Now would be a good time to prepare legislation because of the recent shootings in Las Vegas. The NRA is in a weak position, and for the first time, they have suggested modifying the rules. Their modifications, though not yet spelled out, would undoubtedly be minor changes, perhaps procedural changes that would mean very little.
If everyone teams up for adequate regulation, the NRA couldn’t stop it and they couldn’t retaliate on everyone. For guidance, we could look to European countries, such as Sweden, France, and Switzerland and see how they deal with gun regulation. They don’t have the same gun culture that we do.
The recent issue of the Scientific American magazine studies the issue of gun control. It discusses the facts about whether people are more safe by possessing guns and also shows the misleading facts presented by the NRA.
There are polling organizations, such as Gallup, Pew, Survey USA, that would let you know where the public stands on the issue. Some of the TV news stations such as CNN, also conduct polls. Polls are relatively inexpensive.
People, legislators, and the NRA always point to the Second Amendment of the Constitution. The Second Amendment allows people to carry weapons only in conjunction with a “Well Regulated Militia,” now called the National Guard.
If you need a weapon, you can join the National Guard or get a hunting license. Your need for the weapon would be during the hunting season. Please read the Second Amendment to check the information presented herein.
The time to start on such legislation is now, while the NRA is down.