For a long time, we’ve been hearing the mantra: “Guns don’t kill people, people do.” This is the usual reply of gun rights advocates. So let me agree with their logic and add to it. If guns don’t kill people, but people do–then register people who buy guns. Honest gun owners don’t object; in fact, most NRA members support gun registrations, including those on the Internet or at gun shows (where it is estimated that forty percent of all guns are sold).
It seems so logical that one wonders why some senators don’t support the recent attempt to expand registration of firearms proposed by two senators with “A” ratings from the NRA. One can only suspect political motivations (or maybe money from the gun lobby?). The proposed legislation is modest and actually written with gun advocates.
I have heard some who did not vote for the gun registration say they thought existing laws were not being enforced. Another illogical proposition. If the current laws are not being enforced, then enforce them–and expand them to include gun shows and Internet sales.
I am saddened and ashamed of those senators who did not support this legislation. But I am more saddened for those thousands who have died from gun violence. So who stands for the rest of us who don’t want weapons in the hands of terrorists or violent criminals? Certainly my two Pennsylvania senators but surely not the NRA or most of the Republican Senators. Shame on them.