Bring back assault weapons ban

Since 2013 this country has suffered through on average, one mass shooting a day, defined as four or more dead, and nothing meaningful has taken place in Congress to address the problem of the easy access to weapons of war designed to kill as many humans as fast as possible. Practically anybody, including any loser with a grudge, can still buy them, including online, and a FBI study says only 25 percent of the mass shooters are mentally ill.

The Odessa, Texas shooter failed a background check and still had an assault rifle. The El Paso killer used an AK-47 type weapon, and the Dayton shooter used an assault-style combo rifle/pistol weapon with a 100-round magazine. Both apparently passed, or weren’t required to take, any background checks, and in some states background checks aren’t required for private sales which, in my opinion, would be next to impossible to regulate anyway. So how are background checks alone going to be enough?

We can blame a godless society, or Dr. Spock, or any of the many theories about the problem but why, in the name of common sense, do we even sell these weapons. And please, please, don’t give me that slippery-slope rhetoric about government taking away our guns. We had an assault weapons ban for ten years back when Republicans had a spine. Nobody took our guns away then and won’t now but congress let the ban expire.

The choke hold that big money has on our lawmakers has virtually paralyzed any progress on gun control. God help us if it takes being a victim of gun violence to make us care enough.

Don Curtis


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