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Gun Control in California?

by: Brian Leubitz

Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 11:28:31 AM PST

What can California do to prevent gun deaths?

by Brian Leubitz

Pull open a Sacramento Bee this morning and you'll find two columns from their two Dans, Morain and Walters, on gun control.  Walters points out that we already have the nation's strictest gun control laws:

Californians have the nation's toughest gun control laws, but also own about 40 million pistols, rifles and shotguns. There wasn't much said about law-abiding gun owners, however, as two state legislative committees conducted a hearing Tuesday on "gun violence and firearms law in California."(SacBee)

He's right, of course. We do have some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation, but his notion that this somehow means we cannot do more is just plain wrong.  As is pointed out by the other Dan (Morain):

Other ideas could make a difference, too: barring chronic alcohol abusers from owning guns; treating the sale of ammunition like the sale of guns by prohibiting felons from buying bullets; and licensing ammunition sellers.

Of course, California can do only so much. Gun enthusiasts can go to Nevada or Arizona, and buy weapons that can't be purchased legally here. But California lawmakers can take steps.(SacBee)

To be sure, violence isn't a question simply of guns. But at the same time, our budget crunch and the conservative anti-tax movement have made it more likely that those prone to violence aren't getting treatment.

Walters also points out that many of the guns used to murder are illegal, an overwhelmingly true statement. However, several of the recent high-profile mass killings were not from illegal weapons.  Access to high volume ammunition means that a terrible situation can get much, much worse.

Gun control legislation must come from the federal government, but here in California we can make a start on pushing the conversation. And few conversations were more worthy of happening.

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Just Sayin' (3.50 / 2)

If the kid isn't that great a shot he may have needed the higher capacity magazine...  Any mass killer of the unarmed, your just asking him to reload more often.

Hi. I'm Charles.  I worked my way from homelessness to a business owner.  Be what you have it in you to be!

Having to reload is good (0.00 / 0)
That's when bystanders were able to subdue the Tucson shooter, when he was trying to reload. Anything that slows shooters down can limit the carnage.

And, frankly, if somebody is so bad a shot that the only way they can defend themselves is by spraying the entire neighborhood with bullets, they shouldn't have a gun. They are a danger to themselves and others. Just as you're not allowed to drive until you prove you're competent, people should have guns until they pass a target-shooting test. There are several reasons I don't carry a gun. One is a rather hair-trigger temper. The other is an astoundingly bad aim. You should see me play tennis. Or bowl. I hate to think who I might kill if I had a gun.

I'm also tired of the argument that the death tolls are high because the victims weren't armed. There was an armed guard at both Columbine and Virginia Tech. Neither was at the right place at the right time. There was an armed shopper in Tucson. He said he couldn't tell who was doing the shooting and he was glad he hadn't tried to shoot because he'd have shot the wrong person. He also observed that, in the melee, he might have done more damage. There were a bunch of National Guardsmen in Aurora. Several died. Others said the same thing. It was dark. The shooter had set off a smoke bomb that limited visibility. And other people were running around in a panic. They couldn't shoot for fear of doing more damage. Except for the shopper in Tucson, these were all people who were not only armed, but trained. And they couldn't stop the shooters.

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People should NOT have guns until they prove they can shoot. Sorry for the typo.

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