There’s not much President Joe Biden and the late Chief Justice Antonin Scalia had in common politically but they both stated that the Second Amendment is not absolute. So why are some still believing that it is? Let’s move on.
Not that it matters but I’m not going to bore you or lie to you to qualify my stance on the AR or AK-type weapons. I do not come from a long line of gun owners because there was never a gun in the house when I was growing up nor do I own one today. I don’t think that matters but to some, it might. They might automatically call me a gun grabber. I can still see why gun owners want a gun for protection. I live in the city with the same concern but I have a security system that serves my needs. Not judging.
I will repeat what I have been saying since last Thursday. What kind of a civilized country like ours would allow an 18-year-old to legally purchase two assault weapons, 375 rounds of 5.56 caliber ammo, and a vest without a driver’s license and without as much as a raised eyebrow? And then our Texas legislature made it even easier by not requiring training or a 21-year of age requirement. In fact, you can carry that weapon to protest inside the statehouse or buy a loaf of bread at Walmart.
I don’t fool myself because I know how difficult it will be to ban the AR or AK type weapons which I call assault weapons as the 1994 crime bill labeled them. Today, automatic weapons are deemed assault weapons but not semi-automatic ARs and AKs. Who cares, it’s a distinction without much difference.
We have a unique gun culture in the United States where 393 million guns are in circulation or about 121 guns for every 100 residents. The favorite is the AR-15. There are 11 million AR-15s in the country. Since less than 1% of them were used in a crime they are mostly novelty items. To the mass shooters, those assault rifles are the weapons of choice because they can kill more people in the least amount of time. Those weapons can penetrate body armor and a single bullet can rip a body to shreds. The weapon commands fear, so much so, that 19 armed officers were afraid to confront the shooter. And some want armed teachers to be the front line of defense. I think the Uvalde school shooting finally put “a good guy with a gun” as a creditable talking point, to rest. Yes, an off-duty CBP agent finally killed the shooter but how long did that take?
School shootings may be over for the summer, so now the young males' ages 18-24 will set their sights on synagogues, mosques, churches, malls, and celebrations using their weapon of choice, the AR-15.
I think misinformation and scripted talking points are the biggest impediments to a meaningful discussion. For example, I’m confident in my stance because not only do polls back it up but right-wing politicians like Rick Scott, Dan Patrick, and Greg Abbott advocated for the same policies. After the Parkland shooting, then Gov. Scott and the GOP Florida legislators replaced their gun laws to raise the age of gun ownership to 21 and passed Red Flag laws. Governor Abbott established a task force after the El Paso mass shooting to prevent more mass shootings. Abbott and Patrick were for raising the age limit and looking at red flag laws but then Patrick flipped. Patrick told Abbott his Senate would vote down any measures he proposed and proved it by passing even more permissive gun laws.
Remember during the bump stock debate after the Las Vegas shootings when President Trump said “banning them should be easy.” Trump looked over to Senator Toomey and asked if they were looking at raising the age to purchase a gun to 21 and Toomey said they were not? He said they were afraid of the NRA…lol
I saw a poll that stated that 75% of Republicans think the Dems are for gun confiscation.
Just this past weekend an NRA convention attendee told a reporter that hammers are used more to murder people than guns. He challenged the reporter to Google it. The reporter did and found out that handguns led the way with 8,029 to hammers and blunt objects with 393. The attendee concluded with “I have my second amendment right.”
We need to disregard Ted Cruz’s single-door idea. It’s a fire marshal’s nightmare. The only thing sillier is being promoted by the local GOP chair. He said he is willing to be a Kamikaze pilot of sorts because he’s old and will not be missed. Those ideas are coming from a United States Senator and a local political leader.
Mitch McConnell has commissioned Senator John Cornyn as the GOP point man to meet with Democrats to see if they can come to some kind of agreement. Senator Murphy has already said an assault weapon ban will not likely be on the table. The more progressive wing of my party will like to call Murphy weak but the senator knows the math and the map. He knows that 13 states whose population is less than 5% of the national population, can together block any bill or amendment.
I don’t discount mental illness, video games, poor parenting, and missed opportunities as reasons for the mass shootings but guns must be in the conversation. Every country has those issues but we are the only country with easy access.