~GUNS DON'T KILL PEOPLE
PEOPLE WITH GUNS KILL PEOPLE ~
A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
This is the exact wording of the 2nd Amendment
When the Constitution was written, bearing arms meant having muskets and flintlock pistols. No one is trying to take away anyone’s muskets! We should, however, be trying to take away AK-47’s and AR-15’s.
Currently, the National Firearms Act prohibits citizens from possessing grenades, missile launchers and weapons of mass destruction. And thank God for that! We are not allowed to arm ourselves with such things, but I haven’t heard anyone consider this to be a violation of their 2nd Amendment rights.
Now we need to ban automatic, high capacity weapons. This was done in the past and it needs to be done again and it will NOT violate anyone’s 2nd Amendment rights.
No one’s trying to change the constitution here - but we do need to apply some common sense to the 2nd Amendment.
There is no denying that gun violence is a huge problem in our society, more so than anywhere else in the world.
About 20 years ago, I served as a juror on a murder trial. A gun had been used in the commission of the crime. During the Voir Dire process, I was asked by the judge how I felt about gun control. It was something about which I had not given a lot of thought, so, I said I was satisfied with the laws that were on the books. Fast forward 20 years, and my position has changed drastically.
Maybe it’s because inner city gun violence is in the news every day with young people and innocent bystanders getting hurt and killed. Maybe it’s because mass shootings have become so common place that they no longer even shock us.
After the 2018 school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas in Florida I was very moved by the actions of the student activists. I went to DC and participated in the March for our Lives. I thought for sure our legislators would do something about gun violence. How could they possibly listen to these passionate young people and not be moved to take action? Sadly, all we got was “thoughts and prayers” - not of meaningful legislation.
We all remember the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, right? I recently learned that in 2013, then State Senator Van Drew was the only Democrat to vote against a series of gun control bills.
More recently, HR1446 was brought to the floor of the House. HR1446 is a bill that strengthens background check. It passed House on March 11th with 8 Republican votes. Not surprisingly, Congressman Van Drew wasn’t one of them.
Politicians like Congressman Van Drew usually provide the following 3 reasons for opposing gun legislation
1. It violates 2nd our amendment rights
Universal background checks, Red Flag laws and a ban on Assault Weapons won’t violate anyone’s 2nd Amendment rights. Who needs a high-capacity or semi-automatic assault weapon to protect the family or hunt for deer?
2. Guns don’t kill people; people kill people
Given that argument, shouldn’t we be working to find out why people are killing people? A principal impediment to discovering effective solutions to gun violence is a lack of sufficient federal research dollars to support comprehensive data collection through an unbiased scientific study. The same politicians who are opposed to gun laws are also opposed to funding an NIH study to look into the causes of gun violence
3. Criminals won’t pay attention to gun laws anyway so why bother
Following that logic, we wouldn’t need to make theft, rape or murder illegal!
The arguments are all very week. Let’s look at what the average citizen thinks!
A 2019 Politico poll found that 70% of Americans support an assault weapons ban.
That includes 86% of Democrats and 54% of Republicans.
An NPR / PBS Newshour poll found that 83% of Americans believe Congress should pass legislation requiring background checks for gun purchases at gun shows or other private sales.
These are common sense idea!
It’s worth noting, however, that during his congressional campaign, Congressman Van Drew had a 100% rating from the NRA.
It’s also worth noting that Congressman Van Drew received multiple campaign contributions from the NRA.
I think we can all agree that something needs to be done about gun violence. Based on his record and his affiliation with the NRA, we can guess where Congressman Van Drew stands on common sense gun laws.