We need logical, well thought out gun laws, not laws based on liberal or neo- conservative values.
Everyone should have a background check, which would disqualify criminals and the mentally unbalanced before that person could purchase any firearm. We could easily close the loophole, which allows criminals and the mentally incompetent to purchase firearms at gun shows by simply requiring those who wish to trade, buy, or sell firearms at gun shows to have a license, which allows such activity.
No person such as Nancy Lanza, who was killed by her son Adam, should be allowed to purchase a firearm because she had a mentally unbalanced person living in her household. She was enabling him.
Of course, one can make the argument that if she had kept the guns under lock, Adam would never have been able to carry out his mission. None of us will ever know all that happened in the Lanza household. But apparently, Adam was very brilliant and likely would have figured out a way to get the guns, and maybe that is what he did.
The criminal in New York who killed the two firemen had a neighbor purchase the guns for him in her name. She can get as much as 10 years in prison for being an accessory. This is proof than no gun law will ever be perfect, but at least we should not make it easy for the criminals to get guns. It would also serve us well to run national advertising saying that people who supply guns to criminals will serve time in prison, and maybe we should have a law that would make killings in such cases a mandatory 20-year sentence with no time off for good behavior.
We should not allow the sale or purchase of ammunition clips that hold as much as 30 rounds. The nut-cake Loughner, in Arizona, was stopped when trying to insert another clip after he had exhausted the first one. If he had a 10-round clip he might not have killed as many as he did.
One of the most stupid arguments I hear and read is, “I am keeping my guns so that I can protect myself from our government.” Really?
Those who believe such nonsense might want to consider a combat situation in Iraq a few years ago. A whole platoon of Iraqi soldiers, all armed with powerful ARs, surrendered unconditionally when they saw one of our gunship helicopters hovering overhead. Your AK 47s, machine guns and the other stuff that allow little men who want to appear big would be like BB guns and cap pistols against an army tank.
The best way to protect ourselves against our government is to study the issues and then get out and vote. We have no right to complain if we don’t vote.