Here we are again grinding out the same old debates after a horrific massacre, this time in Las Vegas. Again the GOP and the National Rifle Association (NRA) are pulling out their tired old catch phrases like "It's not a good time to discuss gun control." My question; when the Hell is a good time then? Every time I hear the statement, "Guns don't kill people, people kill people", I just want to slap this shit out of the person saying it. People do kill people but guns allow a person to kill even more people.
Stephen Poddock, the 64 year old man who shot up a concert in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017, had purchased 33 guns in the past year. Currently sales of guns won't trigger an alarm with the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) unless a massive purchase takes place under one transaction. They currently don't accumulate data from various sources to track who is purchasing large scores of weaponry. I believe this must change.
As I have said in Facebook posts recently, if you have to register to buy a decongestant then why don't you have to register the sales of guns and ammunition? Years ago the NRA argued against a national firearms registry because they claimed this would allow then President Obama to come and confiscate everyone's guns. This argument was and is totally absurd yet believed by many of the NRA supporters, gun advocates, "gun nuts" and the like.
The way the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution is being defined now is wrong. It merely states people have the right to bear arms but doesn't say people have a right to amass an arsenal of weaponry capable of killing and wounding hundreds of people in a few seconds. The hands of the supporters of this perverse interpretation, of having the right to own as much firepower as one desires, are now soaked with the blood of innocents. Both the GOP and the NRA, in my opinion, are as guilty as the maniacs pulling the triggers on crowds of people.
A National Firearms Registry is required to alert the ATF and other authorities if someone is amassing a huge arsenal of guns and ammunition. Why would anyone need to purchase assault weapons and 400 to 500 rounds of ammunition unless someone is planning to mow down as many people as possible? These are not hunting rifles and they are not mere handguns one would purchase to protect a home. This whole argument that anyone should be able to purchase an assault rifle which can easily be converted into a fully automatic weapon, with a few parts purchasable on the internet, is insane!!
What will it take for gun supporters and the GOP to finally wise up and say there must be a National Firearms Registry and even limits on how many guns and ammunition rounds one can purchase?