In light of the horrible tragedy in Orlando, Florida this past weekend my heart goes out to everyone who is affected. The focus of this post is simply the response of our government and comments that have been made by the media and some elected officials.
Here we are yet again, in the aftermath of yet another mass killing that involved a firearm, and here goes all these politicians clamoring about gun bans and stricter gun laws. Yes, I do believe that we need stricter laws on how firearms are purchased and who purchases them. However, we all tend to forget one thing. Most individuals who plan to carry out criminal acts of violence often do not purchase their weapons legally.
Now with that being said, here are some current issues that I see with our gun laws in general. The first and primary issue is the fact that each state has its own set of gun laws. In other words the laws vary from state to state. I currently reside in North Carolina, in order to purchase a handgun in this state the individual must apply for a purchase permit with their county sheriff’s office. The sheriff’s office conducts all background checks and based on their findings will either approve or disapprove the application, this process takes up to 4 weeks. However, Florida currently do not require a purchase permit which means the dealer is required to run the background check which only takes 3 days!
When it comes to rifles and shotguns, only the basic 3 day background check is required in both states. The issue here is the assault rifles fall into this category. So why is this so important? The background check that is conducted by a law enforcement agency is far more exhaustive than the one conducted by the dealer. The main change that should be considered is all firearms should require a purchase permit. The second is uniformity of the law’s between each state, at least when it comes to purchasing a firearm. In North Carolina, once you use your purchase permit to buy a handgun it is automatically registered in a database primarily due to the fact that North Carolina is an open carry state. That simply means the owner doesn’t need a permit to carry the firearm on their person as long it is in full view. The database allows law enforcement to conduct on the spot checks to verify the individual is a legal gun owner.
I’m going to wrap this discussion up by commenting on this talk about banning military style assault rifles. Sounds great, and I’m sure a lot of people are in agreeance. But is this really the answer? That’s the favorite talking point of politicians after a tragedy, “We need to Ban this and Ban that!” The last I checked we have banned heroin and cocaine, but we still have thousands of people dying from overdoses every day! So, in my opinion the answer is not a ban. Actually, I believe that would be a mistake. At least, with the weapons being legal you have a better chance of regulating the item. Once you ban it, then it’s going straight to the “Black Market” where the hope of regulation goes down a gigantic toilet!
I had more that I wanted to say, but for now I’ll jump off my soap box. Hey, I would love to get your thoughts on this subject so please leave a comment..