Getting Serious about Guns
Yet again in the United States, a single man has massacred innocent strangers in a public place. This time, twenty young children and six adults were killed.
"We can't tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end. And to end them we must change. We will be told that the causes of such violence are complex, and that is true. No single law, no set of laws, can eliminate evil from the world or prevent every act of senseless violence in our society. But that can't be an excuse for inaction. Surely we can do better than this."I agree. We can and must do better, and I welcome the President's new attention to this issue.
I am encouraged by the fact that legislation has been reintroduced at the federal level to address the military-style weapons, unconscionably capacious magazines, and other aspects of the gun industry that make tragedies like this possible. It is good to see that many Representatives and Senators, even those who have supported the NRA in the past, are awakening from the spell of fear and inaction that the NRA has cast over Washington (and Saint Paul) for so long. Sensible prohibitions on military-style weapons and regulations on handguns are not unconstitutional, and do not infringe on the rights of hunters and other legal gun users. We can protect the rights of gun owners while also protecting our children's right to live.
I will also act, in whatever capacity I can as a Minneapolis Council Member. I plan to push for the City to take a strong stand in our legislative agenda, especially at the federal level. Our current federal agenda does not mention gun control, and that must change. Our recently adopted state legislative agenda does mention gun control:
"Legislation supporting significant gun control measures including the mandatory reporting of any lost or stolen firearm, strengthening laws regulating the transfer of firearms, the prohibition of possessing replica guns in public, and measures to stop the flow of handguns to youth."