First Of all, spare me the feigned outrage over what a tragedy these mass shootings are, and asking rhetorically how can we prevent them. We, as a Society, really don't care about them. We, as a country, are not willing to do anything in a meaningful way to prevent them. So let's stop pretending we want to stop them. The country doesn't care. If there is the slightest hint at anyone taking anything approaching meaningful steps to regulate guns in a moderate way, they are shouted down, run out office and they become the victims. Recently a sportscaster spoke up saying we should take a look at guns in society and Fox news aired people calling for him to be fired as a sportscaster. If there is a modicum of logic in attacking that sportscaster, please explain it to me. H. Rap Brown Said "Violence is as American as apple pie," in the 1960's and fifty years later, I have seen nothing to refute that statement.
There are politicians that get up every day with expressed intent of preventing every abortion in America. Abortion has been deemed legal by the Supreme Court. That doesn't stop them. They continue with their crusade. The right to bear arms is protected by the Constitution. So what? When we begin to see leaders and politicians wake up every morning with the same kind of fervor about controlling guns that they have about controlling abortion, then I'll believe that we care as a country. What do the anti-abortion forces do? They legislate in every way to nibble at the edges in an effort to constantly reduce the opportunity for abortion unit they have successfully legislated it away. Exhibit A: the State of Mississippi. When are good people going to attack guns with the same kind of zest?
Let's start by legislating gun sales. The fact you can buy assault weapons on line with absolutely no restrictions is insane. Period. When will our leaders have the spine to enact this simple protective measure? The sale or any gun that is capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition should be restricted by a thorough background check. We have computer programs that can scan millions of facts in seconds. Why can't law enforcement have a nationalized data base that contains legal background information on the entire population? A felon in Pennsylvania should not able to buy a gun, no questions asked, in Florida, as they can today. Why is their outrage over implementing such a law? Because we, America, love and embrace violence.
How about restricting the zoning of gun shops? Let's legislate that you can't sell guns within 5 miles of any school, hospital, government building, licensed child care facility, park or playground. We restrict sex offenders with these kinds of regulations. When are we going to view guns as equally hazardous to the wellbeing of children? How many more mass murders at schools do we need to make the obvious association between gun carrying maniacs and attacks on the most vulnerable in our society? Let's restrict the building in which guns can be sold. Ammunition is a dangerous explosive material. Any facility housing more than one hundred rounds of ammunition must keep same explosives contained a vault with no less than 18" steel reinforced concrete walls with a double doors of -" tempered steel and construction equal to or exceeding the vaults in banks. Give gun shops one year to construct such vaults or be closed down. Any home owner in possession of more than one hundred rounds of ammunition should also be required to construct the same facility.
There is no logical reason to possess a weapon than can discharge more than 25 rounds of ammunition without reloading. Ban these weapons. End of discussion. The 2nd Amendment permits its citizenry to bear arms. Does that include nuclear weapons? Why not? Our government has them, why can't we possess them to protect us from our government? Where is the line between bearing arms and insanely dangerous violent weapons that serve no utilitarian purpose? I'm not sure where the line is between a hand gun and nuclear weapons but I believe it should be set at a weapon holding 25 rounds of ammunition.
The 2nd amendment exists. The reality is we are not going to revoke it. But we can legislate the possession of weapons. We can whittle away with regulations to the point we can make gun ownership limited and considerably safer. If Society can't create laws to make its citizens safe, then we no longer have civilization. Right now the inmates are running the institution. If anyone has the audacity to question the inmates as being slightly distorted in their thinking they are branded, condemned, and dismissed. Insane thinking on gun laws is the norm, sane rational examination of that thinking is viewed as insane.