As an American citizen, a Husband, and very proud father of a wonderful three year old young man, I have to wonder what is “common sense legislation” in regards to guns in America. The courts have ruled time and time again, that Law enforcement holds no liability for protecting the citizens of the great nation. The tragic deaths of students at Virginia Tech is hard for any American to take, but let us not forget Pearl Mississippi, where the asst principal brought the shooters rampage to an end over 4 minutes before Police arrived by retrieving his own weapon and engaging the shooter. Let us not forget also Appalachian Law School, where two students also retrieved weapons and ended a shooters rampage. We don’t have to imagine what will happen when a school is attacked and no one is capable of fighting back, we have seen it time and again.
Banning something is never going to be an effective means of fixing a problem. How much time, and resources have been put into trying to prevent the smuggling of drugs that were made illegal in this country (banned) decades ago, yet the DEA is still fighting strong the war on drugs. An old saying that is scoffed at by many, (when guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns) is I’m sure to bring a chuckle as you read it. But does (when street drugs are outlawed, only outlaws will have street drugs) not ring with an air of truth. Can you tell me the difference.
Also, Tony Blair was just a few weeks ago pondering whether England should lower the age of mandatory jail time for possession of an illegal firearm. My understanding was England “banned” guns over a decade ago, shouldn’t that problem have been resolved by now.
We all have our beliefs, that is what makes this country great, and unique, but please think about the greater good that comes from citizens being able to protect themselves in there own homes, and as they go about there daily lives. It’s a far bigger debate that any ever waged over the 2nd amendment, It goes to the heart of every American citizen’s ability to peruse the American dream, and to feel safe, while knowing evil exist, bans disarm only the citizens who chose to obey the laws. This makes for a weak society, and only acts to embolden the criminals that pray on us all everyday.