Parker: Guns, no roses

Register
Apr 11, 2013

Excerpt: The biggest obstacle to the Obama administration’s push for tighter gun control may be its own best argument: Newtown.

This is because nothing proposed in the gun control debates would have prevented the mass killing of children at Sandy Hook Elementary School, and everybody knows it. At best, tighter gun laws will make us feel better.

Let’s review: The Newtown killer was a mentally disturbed young man living with his mother. She had legally purchased her arsenal and had even taught her son how to responsibly handle firearms.

What she did not do was:

1. deal appropriately with her son’s mental illness;

 2. safely contain her guns so that her son could not access them.

As much as anyone, I am eager to do whatever will make a difference. But I’m unconvinced that what is being proposed will provide the solution we seek.

Universal background checks are a perfectly good idea, except that they won’t stop the burglar who recently cleaned out our house of all our legally purchased rifles and shotguns, including an antique belonging to my greatgrandfather, who, as sheriff of Barnwell County, S.C., confiscated the gun from the triple murderer he tracked for three days and finally killed. (I want that gun back, please.)

Those guns are now in circulation among an element of society that has no intention of submitting to a background check or any other wellintentioned effort to ensure that only good guys have guns.

Should we insist that buyers at gun shows submit to a quick background check as they would at any gun store?

Sure. Why not?

Comments

deertracker

Doofus, there is NO such thing as privacy. Comprende?

goofus

used to be, now your info is for sale to the highest bidder

reporter54

I fail to see how a background check is going to stop the violence. I fail to see how keeping guns away from law-abiding citizens is going to stop the violence. I want to know why mental illness is spreading at an alarming rate. I want to check out of Hotel California.

Pages