TWW Roundup: When is the Right Time to Talk Gun Control?

by | Oct 9, 2017 | Actions, News, Weekly Actions, Weekly Report

Once again, the nation was rocked by gun violence this week — 58 dead and almost 500 injured at a country concert in Las Vegas. Ironically this week Congress had also planned on voting on a bill that would have made it easier to buy silencers for guns.  As many people have pointed out, it was only the sound of the shots at the Las Vegas concert which gave those in attendance warning to run.  If the Las Vegas shooter had had a silencer, how many more innocent people would have been killed?

Instead of the outrage one would expect from civilized persons over the carnage, Congress did not rush to pass reasonable gun control measures this week.  Instead, what the American people are learning is that our gun laws are even more pathetic than realized.  A person can buy multiple semi-automatic rifles without requiring a report to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) or any other government entity.  Whereas a person who buys more than one handgun in a week would have to be reported.  Nevada particularly has no gun control measures– you can own automatic weapons if allowed by the federal government, are not subject to background checks, have no waiting period, and can carry their guns in public openly.  And “bump stocks” that can convert a semi-automatic gun to an almost automatic gun are completely legal in the U.S. as well due to their categorization as an “accessory.”  

And while no action has occurred in Congress to curb the gun violence in this country, some individual members of Congress have committed to sponsor legislation.  Notably, Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) is authoring a bill that would make “bump stocks” illegal as well as any other device that converts a semi-automatic weapon into an automatic weapon.  So far the bill has 24 Democrat co-sponsors.

But Republicans continue to stall and drag their feet saying we shouldn’t politicize this event or that the investigation isn’t even done yet and it’s too soon to act.  But what they are really saying is:  I rely too much on the money I get from the NRA and I can’t bite the hand that feeds me.

It’s time for the 78% of Americans who don’t own guns to take their government back!  Why are we letting 22% of the population continue to put us in danger?  We need to be as organized as the NRA.  This is a nation for the people — all of the people, not just the 22% that own guns.  What can you do?

  1. Make sure when voting, you are only voting for candidates that are pro-gun control and have not taken money from the NRA.  Click here to check.
  2. Donate to reputable anti-gun organizations such as the Brady Campaign, Americans for Responsible Solutions, Everytown for Gun Safety.  
  3. Continue to call your Members of Congress and ask them to support Senator Feinstein’s bump ban and demand reasonable gun control measures such as:  
    • Background checks before being able to buy;
    • Waiting periods;
    • No concealed or open carry (except for law enforcement);
    • No automatic weapons or accessories that convert weapons to automatic;
    • Prohibitions against known violent offenders buying weapons;
    • Prohibitions against people on the no fly list buying weapons (if you are too dangerous to get on a plane, you are too dangerous to own a weapon);
    • Prohibition of people with severe mental illness from buying weapons; and
    • Most controversially, we NEED to know who is buying guns.  There must be a registry for gun owners. The Las Vegas shooter bought over 30 weapons this year.  This should have raised a flag for someone.  

Sources  

ABC News, Sen. Feinstein introducing bill to ban bump stocks after Vegas shooting

The Hill, Five things to know about GOP’s gun-suppressor bill

USA Today, What guns were used in the Las Vegas shooting?

Washington Post, Just three percent of adults own half of America’s guns

Ty Starks Morgan is an attorney who has worked in the foster care system for 23 years. She is the mother of two teen sons, two dogs, three cats, and a plethora of rescued foster animals.