Original posted on my Facebook…
I have been reading LOTS of posts and comments about gun control, banning this gun or that gun, mental illness help, etc. that is brought up every time there is a mass shooting (which in this country is becoming a regular occurrence). There are those that say “it’s too soon to talk about it” and to them I say, so when is a good time? It needs to be when it’s at the forethought of our policy makers and the people, yet we have to ensure that it isn’t a knee jerk, emotional reaction to the problem.
Yes, many of the mass shooters have had mental illnesses and yet they obtained the firearm used in the shooting legally. Which suggest to me that the MANY laws we have on the books for gun control are in fact missing an important regulation. If the shooters had gotten the firearms illegally I would be with the “gun control isn’t the answer cause bad people will get them no matter the means”. But that isn’t the case, they are legally buying the firearms and ammo to boot. So there has to be some regulation that we’re missing.
Should we all start telling the FBI or local police about everything we see that we don’t agree with? There aren’t enough law enforcement in the country to deal with that kind of work load. And even if we had more law enforcement to investigate every tip what do they do with the information? There is information sharing in place, but obviously it isn’t being used. And even if it is being used, the rules as to what information can be used to determine the eligibility of someone to get a firearm legally doesn’t include anything that wasn’t a conviction of something.
We want to “save the children” without losing our adult rights. Ok…I get it. So what’s a good common sense solution. How about we up the age from 18 to 21. I haven’t seen any one disagree with that one. How about we require, not just for a concealed carry but for every purchase of a firearm, a safety class, a range class and a legal rights class? Any one against that? How about we put in a 14 day waiting period? So far nothing is in violation of the 2nd amendment. How about we make everyone take both a physical and mental exam…you know to make sure those that are exercising their 2nd amendment are in fact the “abled bodies” the founding fathers wrote about. These are just some ideas on how to keep the up and coming mass shooters from going to the store and legally buying a firearm and ammo while still not infringing on the rights of the American citizen.
This is a mental health issue, and a gun control issue, and an important issue that needs immediate review. What it isn’t is a time to take money from, advice from and direction from special interest. That time has passed.