I was underwhelmed by the response from the Republican't presidential candidates to Thursday’s mass-shooting at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College.
As the overly compassionate Jeb Bush said:
Okay, that sounds a little callous so Jeb quickly proposed a solution to prevent future mass shootings.
"We're in a difficult time in our country and I don't think that more government is necessarily the answer to this," he said. "I think we need to reconnect ourselves with everybody else. It's just, it's very sad to see. But I resist the notion -- and I did, I had this, this challenge as governor, because we have, look, stuff happens, there's always a crisis and the impulse is always to do something and it's not necessarily the right thing to do."
The Bush approach is simple - we must resist the impulse to do something. Damn right, Jeb! We shouldn't do a fucking thing. The problem will resolve itself if we ignore it.
Well, maybe The Donald has the perfect solution to deal with the problem.
"The Second Amendment of our Constitution is clear," Trump said, reading from his second policy paper on gun rights. "Every time something happens, they don't blame mental illness -- that our mental healthcare is out of whack and all of the other problems. And by the way, it was a gun-free zone. I will tell you -- if you had a couple of the teachers or somebody with guns in that room, you would have been a hell of a lot better off."
Okay The Donald blames mental illness and wants to eliminate "gun-free zones". Butt, predictably, he doesn't advocate gun control.
Washington (CNN) Donald Trump said Saturday that had teachers been armed at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, the deadly shooting there this week would not have been as tragic. http://www.cnn.com/2015/10/03/politics/donald-trump-oregon-shooting-armed-teachers/index.html
Most of the rest of the occupants of the Republican't presidential clown care just criticized Obama for politicizing the incident and advocating gun control.
Okay let's do the poll dance:
Wayne LaPierre, the spooky spokesperson for the NRA, likes to say:
"The only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun".
Isn't there another much safer option? Can't we just stop the bad guys from getting guns in the first place?
That's where sensible gun control laws can help. We need universal background checks to close the loopholes that are used to evade background checks. Gun shows and Internet sales are currently exempt from background checks. It is estimated that 40% of gun sales involve no background checks. No wonder felons can easily acquire firearms.
A database of felons is used to prevent them from acquiring guns. Congress should work with mental health experts and local law enforcement agencies to compile a data base of violent mentally ill people to prevent them from passing the background check.
The last gun control law was passed in 1994 when Democrats controlled Congress. It was a huge comprehensive law and one component was the "Assault Weapons Ban".
The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994, H.R. 3355, Pub.L. 103–322 is an act of Congress dealing with crime and law enforcement that became law in 1994. It is the largest crime bill in the history of the United States, consisting of 356 pages providing for 100,000 new police officers, $9.7 billion in funding for prisons and $6.1 billion in funding for prevention programs which were designed with significant input from experienced police officers. Sponsored by U.S. Representative Jack Brooks of Texas, the bill was originally written by Senator Joe Biden of Delaware, passed by Congress, and signed into law by President Bill Clinton.
Federal Assault Weapons Ban
Title XI-Firearms, Subtitle A-Assault Weapons, formally known as the Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act, but commonly known as the Federal Assault Weapons Ban or the Semi-automatic Firearms Ban, barred the manufacture of 19 specific semi-automatic firearms, classified as "assault weapons", as well as any semi-automatic rifle, pistol, or shotgun capable of accepting a detachable magazine, and which has two or more features considered characteristic of such weapons. The list of such features included telescoping or folding stocks, pistol grips, flash suppressors, grenade launchers, and bayonet lugs.
This law also banned possession of newly manufactured magazines holding more than ten rounds of ammunition.
The ban took effect September 13, 1994, and expired on September 13, 2004, due to a sunset provision. Since the expiration date, it is again legal to own or possess the subject firearms as well as magazines capable of holding more than ten rounds of ammunition.
The 1994 Assault Weapons Ban was allowed to sunset by the Republican't Congress in 2004.