Dianne Feinstein, a senator from Connecticut, plans to introduce an assault weapons ban bill on the first day of the new Congress. Bill Clinton signed one in 1994 but it expired after 10 years. Since then, Democrats haven’t been able to renew the ban. How disheartening, especially today.
Feinstein called for the bill to be renewed after the mass shooting in an Aurora, Colorado movie theater that killed 12 people and injured 58 others. She asks, “Who needs these military-style assault weapons? Who needs an ammunition feeding device capable of holding 100 rounds? These weapons are not for hunting deer–they’re for hunting people.” The purpose of the bill is to get weapons of war off the street.
I know about America and democracy. I understand the 2nd Amendment. I have lots of respected friends and family all along the political spectrum from liberal to conservative. I took AP US History and got a 4 on the test. But I’ll tell you what, I’d give up my right to bear arms in one second to save one 6-year-old. I have a kindergartener. She’s at school right now. In fact, I have 4 kids who spend the day at school. Their safety is not the price we have to pay for freedom. Their safety is what we fight and plan and sacrifice for.
Guns don’t make us safer. A culture of insurrection and stock-piling weapons is not what makes America great.
Access to to military-style assault weapons does not insure domestic tranquility.
Gun control is just one issue to think about in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shootings, but it seems like an obvious and important place to start.