So, the younger generation wants us to create a new set of comprehensive gun laws that makes sense. Well, the phrase “big ol’ can of worms” comes to mind. Laws that make sense…make sense to whom? That’s the question to ask and the task that makes it almost impossible to accomplish.
The call on the street is for “enhanced background checks.” Since we are already REQUIRED to do background checks for the purchase of each firearm, what does that mean? Currently if you have been convicted of a felony, you can no longer legally purchase a gun. When the humans input the data into the system to prevent bad guys from the legal purchase of guns, the law on the books works just fine. So, what does “enhanced” mean? No one can give me a definitive answer. This made-up expression gets people all fired up behind a cause to do what? Maybe “enhanced” means we should be able to predict the future unruly behavior in people and put them on the no purchase list because they most likely will commit a crime in the future. Wait, we can’t do that because in America you are innocent until proven guilty, that’s part of our current set of laws that make sense.
I believe I’m starting to ramble a bit, so I’ll try and focus. I’m all for laws that make sense. Stop and think about this, laws are put in place, not for the honest “law abiding” people who would do no harm in the first place, but for those animals in the world who have no social conscience toward their fellow humans. It allows us to say as a society that certain types of behavior, (murder, rape, assault) is not acceptable behavior, and if you will not comply then punished you shall be and rehabilitated if possible. Let’s focus our laws on keeping bad people accountable for their unlawful behavior. Laws that are put in place that prevent the protection of the law abiding from the lawless just plain don’t make sense.
Vance Ewing spent 22 years in the US Army and eight years as a NATO Counter-IED and Anti-Terrorism Instructor. Vance currently serves as a NRA Counselor and Trainer. Michael Ryen spent eight years in the US Army Reserves and currently serves as a NRA Trainer and recruiter. They are the owners of The Bow and Barrel Sportsmen Center located at 22940 Harlan Lane, Saint Robert, Missouri. www.bowandbarrelsports.com, 573-451-2129