The Liberal media instinctively demanded a ban on all high powered weapons. One interesting development in the gun control debate was complete silence from moderate Republicans. Instead of discussing bipartisan legislation that promotes laws that will keep guns out of the hands of criminals or the mentally ill, many Republican legislators are working to enact laws that will not have a direct effect on reducing gun violence.
Retailers have always asked for identification, and strict rules apply regarding sales of mature games to minors. Another law proposed to protect the privacy of gun owners while the nation is concerned about protecting our children was both disengenuous and pandering to a constituency that would certainly agree to enacting sane gun laws. We need to promote legislation that will make sure that our background check database is up to date, and has access to a list of people with reported mental illness that are not permitted to buy a gun. The loophole of purchasing guns at shows or on the Internet with no background checks helps bring guns into the hands of black market dealers that bring illegal guns into our state. Yearly gun registration to ensure that a gun is in the hands of its legal owner should be required.
These laws are not meant to infringe on the rights of law abiding citizens. They are common sense ways to ensure that guns stay out of the hands of criminals, and the mentally ill. The silence from moderate Republican legislators on this subject shows that their fear of a controversial subject that may cost them some votes is more important than the safety of the voters themselves. Harold Herskowitz Republican Primary Candidate 30th District