Saturday, December 15, 2012

Fox Four!

Also known as "guns, guns, guns" for those who are air combat aficionados.

Yes, this is a post about the school shooting in Newtown, CT. Hopefully it won't be more of the same as I want to address something that's bothered me for a while.

For the most part, I agree with those calling for better gun control. But we do not need new/more laws to achieve this. There are likely more gun laws in this country than any other place in the world. The problem is that they are not uniform across all 50 states. While I understand the need for states to govern themselves as they see fit, there comes a time when an issue demands to be solved at the national level. This is one such issue.

The US needs to implement "universal" regulations/laws pertaining to the manufacturing, sale and ownership of guns. Now, I'm not speaking of any kind of ban on guns. There's nothing fundamentally wrong with the "right of the people to keep and bear Arms." But this right should be tempered with the reasonable expectation that those bearing said arms have some, to borrow a phrase from my government class, checks and balances that would help keep these kinds of things from happening.

[Side Note]
By the way, the problem is not assault rifles. It's hand guns.