Fri, May 05 at 08:24 AM by wwwebbs | Report this comment

Ms. Villegas,
I too share your concerns about gun safety.  However, I don’t share your views.  Virginia already conducts background checks when purchasing a firearm.  Yes, even at gun shows.

Implementing stricter gun laws will only make life more difficult for those who are already following the rules and not committing crimes.  Most crimes committed with firearms are done by people who are obviously oblivious to the law anyway.

Universal background checks is not the answer.  They only look at what a person has already done. And while that may weed out or even discourage a few, they give no insight as to what a person will do in the future.

I do agree that something needs to be done, but enacting additional stricter gun laws isn’t the answer.  Look at the mass shooting in San Bernadino.  The shooters had more guns than legally allowed, used magazines capable of holding more rounds than legally allowed and yet committed their crimes. 

History shows the numbers of mass shootings increased significantly after June 1, 1980.  What happened on that date?  CNN began 24 hour news broadcasting.  And in an effort to fill those 24 hours, they (and all of the other 24 hour news stations) over reported everything, glorifying each and every mass shooting and giving those involved their 15 minutes of fame.  And it continues.  Live Team Coverage, Live Helicopter Coverage, talking to anyone who calls in during a crisis and claims they saw what happened.  As long as there is competition to scoop the news, they will continue to make these crazed individuals famous.

So, not to mention all of the other reasons, putting some restrictions on the news media about the information they can broadcast regarding mass shootings may be a good place to start.  Education would also be a good place to start.  Teaching kids at an early age about guns and their practical uses along with their dangers. And teaching them proper handling and respect for what a firearm can do.  I’m not opposed to increasing prison sentences for homicides committed with any weapon (gun, knife, baseball bat, vehicle, etc.)

Rod Webb

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