It is not likely that there will be any meaningful changes to gun laws in the near future, but in the longer term, the prospects look good. The struggle will not be easy, as almost no progressive struggles are, but the curve is already in the right direction.
The response to Professor Guth's statement demonstrates once again that Second Amendment zealots believe that the amendment supersedes everything else in the Constitution. His attack on the NRA may have been unnecessarily provocative, but it was protected by the First Amendment.
I believe that in the interest of the greater good would be federal legislation mandating anyone with certain psychiatric diagnoses (Paranoid Schizophrenia, certain types of dementia, and other psychotic disorders) be entered into a federal database, prohibiting them from gun ownership.
I delivered this sermon on Rosh Hashanah morning. Who knew by the time I would be able to edit and publish it we would be faced with yet another mass murder, this time at the Washington Navy Yard? If ever there was a time that we Americans must speak up about sane and sensible gun control the time is now.
Every time there is an incident of gun violence, we are told that it is the fault of an individual. This is a distraction that keeps us from examining a failing system.
When it comes to dealing with a vestige of our wild and rugged colonial and frontier history that way too often makes today's streets and offices and theaters and universities, and even elementary schools, look like the aftermath at the OK Corral, something has to change.
Most people I know missed the tie to the bakery and instead assumed it was for Breast Cancer Awareness Month coming in October. It's almost like when we see anything pink, we see Breast Cancer Awareness. It's become a cultural benchmark.
When individuals like Aaron Alexis are not prohibited purchasers under existing federal law, it is obvious that universal background checks alone are not enough. We need to have a national discussion about expanding the disqualifying criteria.
There is never a dispute about the "what" and "who" of mass shootings. But mention the word "why" and the politicians, the pundits, the lobbyists, and even the parents, put up their deflectors and unleash the spin machines.
How many people have to die before we realize that the only thing the truly stops a bad guy is not letting them get their hands on a gun in the first place?
With yet another mass shooting to ponder, let's please not bother to talk about gun control. Though it might be worth it to ask ourselves why we are such a violent nation.
At this critical time, we must re-open the dialogue on gun control. Now is the moment to take action and enact meaningful reform. The tools the ATF needs to prevent gun violence exist, but we're keeping them locked away.
This is not only about the Washington Navy Yard and Sandy Hook and Colorado and Virginia Tech, horrific events that make headlines; it is also about the over 300 people, including 50 children, that are shot every day in America.
The GOP's sudden discovery that there is a great need for more funding for that care is commendable. What's not is that it would try to sell the public on the notion that increasing that care makes it unnecessary to pass gun legislation.
As more facts emerge in the aftermath of the horrific Navy Yard shooting, issues relating to guns, mental illness and access to sensitive locations by armed unstable individuals have resurfaced.
What if the law-abiding and god-fearing gun owners actually led the way to limit access to guns by those bad, lethal apples?