Is New Gun Control Coming?

The sad events of Aurora, Colorado are already spreading ripples. 12 dead, 50+ wounded, all from one deranged individual with an arsenal and a unsuspecting crowd of  people. Gun control advocates are already demanding politicians start talking about gun violence and how to prevent it.

Rudy Giuliani has already been on the airwaves talking about more gun control measures.

My position for many years has been that just as a motorist must have a license, a gun owner should be required to have one as well. Anyone wanting to own a gun should have to pass a written exam that shows that they know how to use a gun, that they’re intelligent enough and responsible enough to handle a gun. Should both handgun and rifle owners be licensed…we’re talking about all dangerous weapons.

Source: Boston Globe, p. A4 Mar 21, 2000

Thankfully Pres. Obama has continued to avoid any mention of more gun control, which is good if he wants to keep this mid-western gal’s vote. I don’t know if that’s a reflection of his own views or just a reflection of the reality of modern politics, which is to say the political firepower wielded by the National Rifle Association. The arguments of those who would like us to be more like the UK, just don’t seem to make many inroads into the beliefs of most Americans.

A Pew Poll in March found the public fairly split on the issue. Forty-nine percent of respondents said it was more important to protect the right to own guns. Forty-five percent said it was more important to control ownership.

The president’s view is that we can take steps to keep guns out of the hands of people who should not have them under existing law. But there is no indication that existing law would have done anything to stop James Holmes, the suspected gunman.

No gun control law, however restrictive, can reliably stop every massacre. But people are asking if the assault ban would have stopped the the AR-15 rifle used in the shooting. The assault-weapons ban also prohibited the manufacture of magazines of more than 10 rounds. Mr. Holmes, according to police, bought a high-capacity “drum magazine” that could hold 100 rounds and fire as many as 60 rounds in a minute. High-capacity magazines were also used in the Tucson and Fort Hood shootings.

What do you think? Is there a middle ground of gun control where a rural hunter can get her guns and ammo, but the crazy homicidal maniacs are denied? Anyone worried that their favorite weapons are about to get hard to find?

-Calamity Jane