Sunday, January 27, 2013

Misconceptions In the Media

I think there is a serious misconception among the media reports about pro-gun supporters as well as the NRA. Strongly left outlets like to portray us as gun hugging crazies who want everyone to have a gun. Unfortunately that is so far from the truth. Gun supporters like myself understand the need for reasonable regulation. We know that a person with serious mental health issues that is a threat to themselves and others should not have access to a gun. We also know that felons with a violent history should not own or possess a firearm either. The government has laws already on the books that are supposed to prevent said individuals from purchasing these firearms. A perfect example is Adam Lanza, the Sandy Hook shooter. Prior to committing his terrible crime he attempted to purchase a rifle. However due to the safeguards in place, his application was denied. We know he then went on to murder his mother in order to gain access to her firearms, illegally.

The NRA has openly said that they support closing the so called "gun show loophole." This would require all firearms sales whether private or through a dealer be accompanied by a background check. I personally am on the fence regarding this matter because the background check is an ideal cover for the federal government to track and register all firearms. As many have said before, registration is the first step to confiscation. If the people could be assured that firearm data was not being transmitted through the background checks, then I would support this measure 100%.

With the "gun show loophole" closed and effective enforcement of existing laws there is no need for an assault weapons ban or a magazine capacity limit. The system would make it far more difficult for felons and the mentally ill to gain access to firearms. From there it is the responsibility of law enforcement to get illegally owned firearms off the streets but still leaves the public capable of defending themselves when someone with an illegally owned firearm or ill intent threatens their life.

Firearm discrimination is not the answer. I've seen endless flawed data and heard outright lies from congress all the way to the White House. Even writing this blog I have received hate mail egging me on, trying to make me snap. It won't work. This is a very serious issue that requires adults not childish games. I take my rights seriously and I will fight to protect them. I hope you will do the same.

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