A Common-sense Approach to Gun Control

May 28, 2014
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The gun control bill announced this week by House Speaker Robert DeLeo represents one of the most (indeed in our view, THE most) comprehensive efforts in our nation to bring about sensible gun control legislation that both improves public safety while also safeguarding the rights of law-abiding citizens to purchase guns as enunciated in the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that extended the Second Amendment to private persons.

Speaker’s DeLeo’s bill is a long and complex piece of legislation that is befitting one of the most complex problems facing American society today. The mass shooting tragedies in our nation (the most recent of which occurred in Santa Barbara, California, this past weekend) that have become all too common clearly need to be addressed.

However, mass shootings alone, while grabbing all of the headlines, are only  the tip of the iceberg when the subject of gun control is involved. While our nation rightly takes all sorts of measures to ensure our safety from international terrorism, the oft-ignored reality is that more Americans lose their lives each and every three months because of gun violence — right here in our own homes, neighborhoods, and communities — than were killed in the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

Although gun murders by hardened criminals certainly are a large part of the problem, the easy availability of legal gun ownership, including assault weapons and other high-capacity guns, has created a new type of crime — mass murder of schoolchildren, people in theaters, and shopping malls — that did not exist a generation ago.

Moreover, the laxity of the laws in many states means that those who are mentally-ill have easy access to such weapons of mass murder. The most impressive aspect of Speaker DeLeo’s bill is that it focuses to such a great extent on the issues of mental health and drug addiction, two problems that our society has ignored for far too long.

We have no doubt that those on all sides of the issue of gun control will find some reason to complain about Speaker DeLeo’s bill, either because it goes too far (the pro-gun crowd) or not far enough. But we believe that in the final analysis, Bob DeLeo’s bill will be hailed as a landmark and common-sense approach to a complex problem that not only will enhance the safety of the citizens of Massachusetts, but also will serve as a model for other states that similarly care about the safety of their citizenry.

As the ancient Romans said, “Let the safety of the people be the highest law of the land.”

For details on the Bill go to Chelsearecord.com.

  • Chapmac

    There is nothing sensible about violating the bill of rights no matter how you anoint it or gild it or sanctify it. What part of “shall not be infringed” don’t you understand?

  • williamdiamon

    Yes, I agree, “Let the safety of the people be the highest law of the land.”

    Here’s how,

    From the period 1885 – 1901 (before gun-control, when everyone was free to carry as they choose), America’s murder rates stayed steady at about 1 person per 100,000.

    Through the years of 1901 to 1995 (when gun-control became common) rates climbed to as high as 10 murders per 100,000.

    In 1995 “shall issue” concealed carry began in Florida. When other States saw the resulting drop in crime and murder rates they adopted it too. Now all States have some form of concealed carry, most are “shall issue”.

    This spread of Second Amendment freedom has brought the Nation’s murder rates to a 100 plus year low of 4.2 per 100,000 people. Not a bad result for 20 years of a policy some said would lead to more bloodshed.

    100,000,000 Americans own 300,000,000 guns. There were 9,000 murders with them in 2012. This is a 100 to .009% ratio. This means criminal misuse of them is an anomaly, not the norm. In fact, a rarity. What is a constant in murder rates are gangs. The FBI considers between 50% and 80% of our Nation’s crime to be of gang origin. That means most of our 9,000 murders with guns are caused by the drug turf warfare in our inner cities, by gangs. BTW, This would be the most effective way to address public safety, if that is your real concern.

  • john

    “Mass shooting in Santa Barbara” no bias in this article…. I guess the three kids who were stabbed and the ones he struck with his car don’t matter? California is the only state with a 4 star rating from the Brady campaign: background checks, 10 day waiting period and gun registry. This “common sense” legistlation is either political grandstanding or stupidity…BTW Vermont has a much lower murder rate than Mass. and a lot fewer “common sense” gun laws!

  • D. G.

    Excellent post – and very true !!


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