Following the recent school shooting at Virginia Tech and the killers ability to obtain weapons and ammunition legally despite significant mental health problems, the discussion of more stringent gun control methods has come forth.
I'll never be popular with the NRA folks. While I understand and support the 2nd Amendment rights of Americans, I do see a need for stronger background checks on handguns. These are the weapons that are killing our kids on the streets of North Minneapolis and in these school shootings. In most cases, kids are not raiding their dads gun case and taking the .30-06 to school. They are not taking the 12 gauge to the streets.
Conservatives chide efforts to place more safeguards, or hurdles as they call them, to obtain weapons.
I'll use the same analogy they used when most Americans expressed great concern at the depths of FBI/CIA domestic spying.
If you don't break the law, you have nothing be be fearful of.
The same holds true with these gun control issues. Creating universal standards across our nation for gun control would be a great start. The fact that Texas and Virginia have some of the most lackadaisical gun control laws in the nation simply puts guns in the hands of people who should not have them.
DC, Philadelphia, New York City, and Baltimore all attribute most of their illegal handgun issues to the lax policies in Virginia, which create a pipeline of illegal weapons into these areas.
Does your 2nd Amendment right trump my rights to "Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness"?