Children gunned downed in school by a troubled youth armed with assault weapons acquired from his mother that he murdered. Firefighters ambushed answering a call to a house fire set by a sniper with black market weapons who was convicted and jailed for murdering his grandmother and suspected of murdering his sister before setting his trap.
These problems run much deeper than gun control and its stale arguments of partisan politics serve only to delay needed action. How do we prevent assault weapons from getting into the hands of those capable of committing such acts? How do we protect our children and ourselves from those people who undeniably exist at least until we get those weapons away from them? Weapons is a more inclusive word than guns.
Violent criminals and weapons should never co-exist so why do they? What if our cops and courts spent as much or more time and effort finding and penalizing illegal weapon buyers and sellers as they do bags of pot? A mandatory life sentence for anyone convicted of a violent crime ever again found in possession of a deadly weapon might be more of a deterrent than current failed measures. A convicted illegal weapon dealer should be charged as an accessory to each and every Class X offense committed with every one of the illegal weapons sold.
Convicted felons can’t be able to hide behind the 2nd Amendment. This is 2013. Their right to bear arms is the lowest of low hanging forbidden fruit.
Those who display aggressive violent or suicidal behavioral patterns in view of another should be reported by any witness of it and their right to bear arms restricted until and unless they receive medical/legal clearance. It is the responsibility of every witness of violent behavior to report it. Those agencies charged with providing public safety must then employ the technology we have readily available to notify weapons dealers of restricted individuals. Similar technology should provide notification to social services. Aggressive violence and suicidal behavior can’t be armed through privacy rights or protected by the 2nd Amendment.
It should be required for anyone detained for aggressive violence or suicidal behavior to turn in any weapons they have without additional penalty — legally returned only with proper clearance.
Emergency measures must be taken now to address the armed violence. Even the NRA says that we need to put armed police officers in every one of our schools.
A comprehensive program like described above needs funded. Guns should not be banned. The right to bear arms must not be infringed. But every bullet and blade should be assessed a special tax to pay for the public safety now jeopardized by a system failure that has allowed such deadly weapons of today to flow freely into the hands of deranged and troubled minds.
Prayers and thoughts remain with the victims and their loved ones at Sandy Hook Elementary School, at West Webster Fire Department, at Northern Illinois University and to those of the 500-plus slain in the streets of Chicago alone this year. May God grant us the courage and wisdom to take the necessary action to address the problems we face.
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