aside My Policy Wish For USA, Part VIII (Gun Control)

 (Zach Gibson/The New York Times)
(Zach Gibson/The New York Times)

GUN CONTROL

During the past few years,, the NRA has opposed any and all sensible gun control laws that even 80% of their own member approve.

My wish is for the upcoming presidential administration to break the hold that the NRA has been exerting over the U.S. congressional legislators of both parties, by  co-opting prior  recommendations that the NRA proposed in 1968- 1999, and which were approved by their members. This would have the benefit of reminding the public about what the NRA used to support. Then the next step would be to legislate sensible gun laws while being respectful of the majority of gun owners second amendment rights.

It is important to note that “Domestic Terrorism,” the definition being, the gun deaths of four or more victims by an American grown terrorist, has a far greater impact on US innocents than that by ISIS or similar type groups. Yet, the far right is stoking fear of Muslims instead of dealing with the greater threat, “Domestic Terrorism”  by legislating reasonable gun control laws that even are supported by 80% of the NRA members.

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On 1/5/16, BBC News published an article regarding, “Guns in the US: The statistics behind the violence.”

The statistics (including domestic terrorism)

Mass shootings: “There were 372 mass shootings in the US in 2015, killing 475 people and wounding 1,870, according to the Mass Shooting Tracker, which catalogues such incidents. A mass shooting is defined as a single shooting incident which kills or injures four or more people, including the assailant.

Source: Mass Shooting Tracker

School shootings: “There were 64 school shootings in 2015, according to a dedicated campaign group set up in the wake of the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre in Connecticut in 2012. Those figures include occasions when a gun was fired but no-one was hurt.”

Source: Everytown for Gun SafetyResearch

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All shootings: “Some 13,286 people were killed in the US by firearms in 2015, according to the Gun Violence Archive, and 26,819 people were injured (those figures exclude suicide). Those figures are likely to rise by several hundred, once incidents in the final week of the year are counted.”

Source: Gun Violence Archive

How the US compares: “The number of gun murders per capita in the US in 2012 – the most recent year for comparable statistics – was nearly 30 times that in the UK, at 2.9 per 100,000 compared with just 0.1.”

“Of all the murders in the US in 2012, 60% were by firearm compared with 31% in Canada, 18.2% in Australia, and just 10% in the UK.”

Source: UNODC.

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The home front: “So many people die annually from gunfire in the US that the death toll between 1968 and 2011 eclipses all wars ever fought by the country. According to research by Politifact, there were about 1.4 million firearm deaths in that period, compared with 1.2 million US deaths in every conflict from the War of Independence to Iraq.”

Source: Politifact.

Total number of guns: “No official figure exists but there are thought to be about 300 million in the US, held by about a third of the population. That is nearly enough guns for every man, woman and child in the country.”

The NRA: “The right to own guns is regarded by many as enshrined in the Second Amendment to the US Constitution, and fiercely defended by lobby groups such as the National Rifle Association, which boasted that its membership surged to around five million in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook school shooting.”

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Gun violence and terrorism: “The US spends more than a trillion dollars per year defending itself against terrorism, which kills a tiny fraction of the number of people killed by ordinary gun crime.”

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“According to figures from the US Department of Justice and the Council on Foreign Affairs, 11,385 people died on average annually in firearm incidents in the US between 2001 and 2011.”

“In the same period, an average of 517 people were killed annually in terror-related incidents. Removing 2001, when 9/11 occurred, from the calculation produces an annual average of just 31.”

 (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

PRIOR GUN CONTROL LAWS

For the passed  “Gun Control Act of 1968 “and the proposed 1999 gun laws, legislators did receive input from NRA management including their spokesperson, Wayne LaPierre who pressed the government, to consider the following recommendations, many of which are in direct contradiction to what the NRA is saying today: (Source JPFO blog):

1. “Impose a mandatory penalty for the carrying or use of a firearm, transported in interstate or foreign commerce, during the commission of certain crimes.”

2. “Place “destructive devices” (bombs, mines, grenades, crew-served military ordnance) under Federal regulation.”

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3. “Prohibit any licensed manufacturer or dealer from shipping any firearm to any person in any State in violation of the laws of that state.”

4. “Regulate the movement of handguns in interstate and foreign commerce by:

A. “requiring a sworn statement, containing certain information, from the purchaser to the seller for the receipt of a handgun in interstate commerce;”

B. “providing for notification of local police of prospective sales;”

C. “requiring an additional 7-day waiting period by the seller after receipt of acknowledgement of notification to local police;”

D. “prescribing a minimum age of 21 for obtaining a license to sell firearms and increasing the license fees;”

E. “providing for written notification by manufacturer or dealer to carrier that a firearm is being shipped in interstate commerce;”

F. increasing penalties for violation.” (P. 22-23)

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Wikipedia reports, “At the time of its passage in 1968, NRA executive vice president Franklin Orth wrote in American Rifleman that “the measure (the 1968 gun restrictions law) as a whole appears to be one that the sportsmen of America can live with.”

NOTE: 1999 Congressional Testimony by Wayne LaPierre of the NRA link: NRA Gun Control May 27 1999 | User Clip | C-SPAN.org

Quote from Wayne LaPierre: We think it’s reasonable to support the federal Gun-Free School Zones Act and to expect full enforcement of federal firearms laws by the federal government. … That’s why we support the fierce prosecution of federal gun laws … we think it’s reasonable because it works. … We only support what works and our list is proud. “(Congressional Testimony by Wayne LaPierre, May 27, 1999
Hearing Before 106th Congress, Links: Page 22 (319K), Page 23 (275K)).

The other documented account of NRA’s support of gun control can be found at: http://www.KeepAndBearArms.com/NRA 

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10 comments

    • Dear Rob,

      If the democrats are able to gain the majority of seats in the U.S. Senate after the 2016 elections, I would hope that this would be their very first signature legislation, as a way to do what is right and to honor our outgoing President Obama.

      Thanks for your kind words, Gronda

    • Dear Rob,

      Yes, the ban of semi-automatic assault weapons on our streets would definitely be a start along with the number of magazines that someone is allowed to purchase..

      Thanks for the reblog, Gronda

  1. Great post. There is not a whole lot we can do to combat lone wolf domestic or foreign influenced terrorists without better gun governance. It is easy to talk tough. Action is the hard part.

    • Dear Keith,

      A warning signal needs to be sent to the NRA, that their days of power mongering success at the expense of U.S. peoples well being is fertig, fini, finito, finished. Passing anything that does not meet their approval would accomplish this..

      Ciao, Gronda

      • Agreed, 100%. The NRA used to be all about gun safety. Now, it is about gun sales. Why would anyone be against a fingerprinted trigger safety mechanism to prevent accidental shootings and deaths from toddlers? Why would anyone be against ID stamping bullets, so police can solve crimes? Then, there are the main issues of background checks on all weapon sales and extended waiting periods. Next, is not selling a weapon to someone on a no fly list. None of these are unusual requests, but the NRA keeps arguing slippery slope doctrine. If they would agree to these, then much of the debate would stop.

        • Dear Keith,

          We are on the same page. I am hoping that the republicans suffer major losses in the upcoming elections just so that there can be something done regarding gun safety issues.

          Have a great Labor Day weekend, Gronda

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