Ovation: Senator Feinstein Pledges To Introduce Assault Weapons Ban.
I’m not a gun person. I lock my doors and keep a baseball bat in the closet of my bedroom. That’s enough to make me feel safe. I understand that many folks live and work in crime-ridden neighborhoods and places that are outright dangerous. I also understand that we have an extraordinarily sophisticated network of law enforcement professionals on our collective, taxpayer-funded, payroll.
I’m not a gun person. But, admittedly, even in the quiet and peaceful area where I live, there have been times when I have thought about owning a gun. Last night while watching television, I caught a glimpse of an animal looking in the window from just outside on the porch. We have had one cat killed by dogs and there are frequently coyotes in the area and, because of aggressive wildlife, I’ve taken to walking my dog only on a leash. We also keep backyard chickens and I would hate for a wild animal to reach them.
I’m not a gun person. Perhaps I might one day buy a pistol or, perhaps, a shotgun. I would pass all background checks and take as many lessons as authorities might require. I would not expect to be allowed to purchase a large variety or quantity of weapons. I’m not alone.
Recently, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) vowed to introduce a new assault weapons ban on the first day of the new Congress and challenging President Obama to back the bill. Feinstein sponsored the federal assault weapons ban that expired in 2004, and has been working on a new ban since the Aurora movie theater shooting last July. Four shooting sprees later, she has vowed to introduce new legislation as soon possible.
“I’m sick, too, of hearing the gun lobby and the politicians it controls tell us that the only way to make us safer is to carry more guns. It’s another lie. My husband, Jim, knows that too well. He was surrounded by the U.S. Secret Service, the best-trained professionals in the world, when he was shot in the head.” – Sarah Brady, wife of former White House Press Secretary James Brady who was shot during an assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan in 1981.
I’m not a gun person. I do, however, understand the many points made by those on both sides of the gun-control debate including Sarah Brady. I also believe in the wisdom of the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights … including the Second Amendment which protects the right of the people to keep and bear arms. When the Second Amendment was adopted in 1791, our nation’s leaders could not possibly have dreamed that semi-automatic assault weapons might one day be considered “arms.” I’m pretty sure they had muskets in mind.
I commend Senator Feinstein for finding the courage to be the first to take action and I sincerely hope that many other Senators sign on in support of the bill as well. And, should this legislation reach the President’s desk, I hope that he will use his office to make our nation a safer place.
Is there really a logical reason for civilians to collect and own arsenals of semi-automatic weapons?
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