All I have to say it is about time for both parties to work together even though I am sure not all members agree. On Tuesday, lawmakers revealed their first bipartisan bill to make firearms trafficking a federal crime. During a press conference the bill’s sponsors- Reps. Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.), Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), Scott Rigell (R-Va.) and Elijah Cummings (D-Md.)- said that the measure would create one federal code giving law enforcement the ability to prosecute gun traffickers and impose up to 20 years in jail for those who buy guns for people who cannot buy them on their own.This recommendations is among the gun violence package give to the President last month. Scott Rigell, a sponsor of the bill, said “As a lifetime member of the NRA, as a firearm owner, as a father … I’ve got a problem with people who break the law using firearms because it inevitably puts pressure on my rights…When we punish the bad guys, we’re protecting the good guys. That’s really the essence of the bill.” Another bill sponsor, Patrick Meehan, said he’s “glad to be able to reach across the aisle and work toward common sense solutions” like their gun trafficking bill, which he noted has a companion bill in the Senate. For some like Cummings the issue is personal since losing his nephew to gun violence a year and a half ago. The man obstacle to this bipartisan partnership is whether the bill will make it to a vote. There is support from both sides but it all depends on whether or not House Republican leaders will allow it through. The Senate, however, will be the first to vote on the bill and will have to pass. Hill aids and gun policy advocates expect something to pass in the senate but are unsure about whether this will happen or not. The goal is to get as many single measures passed toward a solution to the gun violence issue, but combining them with other measures may hurt their chance of being passed according to the bill sponsors. The NRA has not officially taken a position on the new bill yet but hopes to work with Congress as it passed through the legislative process.
A United States Marine veteran has penned a response to California Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s gun control proposal, saying the government has no right to take away his weapon: “I am not your servant. I am the person whom you serve.” This is in response to the Newtown, Conneticut shopting at Sandy Hook Elementary which left 20 children dead. Boston goes on to say:
“I will not register my weapons should this bill be passed, as I do not believe it is the government’s right to know what I own. Nor do I think it prudent to tell you what I own so that it may be taken from me by a group of people who enjoy armed protection yet decry me having the same a crime. You ma’am have overstepped a line that is not your domain. I am a Marine Corps Veteran of 8 years, and I will not have some woman who proclaims the evil of an inanimate object, yet carries one, tell me I may not have one…I will not be disarmed to suit the fear that has been established by the media and your misinformation campaign against the American public.”
The letter only stoked the fire in the long debate about gun laws and gun violence. The bill itself would ban the sale of semi-automatic weapons, strengthen the 1994 “Assault Weapons Ban” and tighten regulations for grandfathered weapons. The situation has made worse the tragedy at Sandy Hook and ignite a fire between pro-gun laws and pro 2nd amendment rights.
What do you think? I understand people want the right to keep and bear arms…I only have one question. Why do you need a semi-automatic weapon? The bill doesn’t ask that all weapons be taken away it asks for those specifically to be banned. It isn’t the end of the world and with all the recent shooting it would be better to see if this helps than not. The problem I have with the letter is that the government should know what guns you have and tighten the gun laws because if people would do their homework in all these cases of violence the guns were not owned by the individual committing the crime. I do agree their are many instance where the violence could of been avoided by looking at all of components that lead to it.