Common sense Gun Control

  • Tighter security: Why Inner City Schools Don't Have Mass Shootings Excerpt:

    High School students aren’t confident about much, but my ad hoc focus group of black, Latinx, and Arab-American students are very confident about their safety in our school building on the Detroit’s west side. Every morning students arrive an hour to thirty minutes in their uniform before the first bell to wait in a line to pass through a metal detector, have their backpacks searched, and get patted down by security guards. It is just not students — every parent, guest, even the postman walks through those metal detectors, gets their photo taken, and is greeted by a security guard who escorts them to the main office, right by our deputized police officer’s desk. Our Detroit school is a fortress. Every door is locked from the outside and equipped with sensors. Leave it open too long and the alarm screeches through the hallway like a cat in heat. All the windows have bars, and thick glass with wire mesh running through it. Shooting it out would be a waste. Only one of the metal six front doors can be opened without a pass-card or a key. And none of the side doors are ever unlocked. There are cameras at every intersection, and patrolling security guards. The main throughway doors have magnets which can be tripped by an alarm and instantly shut and lock, quarantine whatever part of the building you need it to. If there were a shooter, he would not be able to freely roam the building if that particular alarm was tripped. This isn’t The White House, this is inner city schooling.
  • Raise age to purchase rifles like AR-15 to 21: Lawmakers, raise age to purchase rifles like AR-15 to 21 Excerpt:

    Washington lawmakers still have a few more days this legislative session to make a decision that would save lives. Passing a bump-stock ban, as they did on Tuesday, was a good start. Raising the age limit to 21 for purchasing semi-automatic rifles, like the AR-15, and strengthening the background-check requirements for those purchases would be a great next step. The Senate is considering a bill to do just that this week. Lawmakers should approve Senate Bill 6620, which also includes some school-safety measures, before the Legislature adjourns on March 8. The bill would not prohibit 18- to 20-year-olds from purchasing bolt-action hunting rifles and shotguns. It would also start a grant program to help school districts improve emergency-response systems. And it would give students and others a new way to anonymously report violent threats.
  • Ban bump stocks: Bipartisan group of senators introduce bill to ban bump stocks Excerpt:

    Citing the Las Vegas Strip shooting, a bipartisan group of Western states’ senators, including Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, filed a bill Thursday to ban bump stocks, which increase the rate of fire of semi-automatic rifles to nearly that of fully automatic weapons. President Donald Trump has directed the Justice Department to finish a review of bump stocks and write regulations that would ban the use of the devices like machine guns. The senators applauded that move, but said they would take it a step further. “I am encouraged by the president’s directive to the Department of Justice to regulate these devices, but a temporary regulatory fix is no substitute for permanent law,” said Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.
  • FFL checks for gun show purchases: (this article questions the value - here for a counterpoint): The Facts about Gun Shows Excerpt:

    Despite what some media commentators have claimed, existing gun laws apply just as much to gun shows as they do to any other place where guns are sold. Since 1938, persons selling firearms have been required to obtain a federal firearms license. If a dealer sells a gun from a storefront, from a room in his home or from a table at a gun show, the rules are exactly the same: he can get authorization from the FBI for the sale only after the FBI runs its “instant” background check (which often takes days to complete). As a result, firearms are the most severely regulated consumer product in the United States — the only product for which FBI permission is required for every single sale. Conversely, people who are not engaged in the business of selling firearms, but who sell firearms from time to time (such as a man who sells a hunting rifle to his brother-in-law), are not required to obtain the federal license required of gun dealers or to call the FBI before completing the sale.
  • I'm ok with this - but will be challenged in court: Trump says take guns first and worry about 'due process second' in White House gun meeting Excerpt:

    President Trump said Wednesday he favors taking guns away from people who might commit violence before going through legal due process in the courts, one of many startling comments he made in a rambling White House meeting designed to hash out school safety legislation with a bipartisan group of lawmakers. "I like taking guns away early," Trump said. "Take the guns first, go through due process second."
  • Arm some teachers: (Counterpoint article): Opinion: Idea to arm teachers with guns to avoid school shootings? That gets an F Excerpt:

    The legislation being proposed by the Florida State Senate says a voluntary Florida Sheriff’s Marshall Program will be put in place, and teachers “may carry concealed, approved firearms on campus. The firearms must be specifically purchased and issued for the sole purpose of the program. Only concealed carry safety holsters and firearms approved by the sheriff may be used under the program.”
    Comment: My nephew is a school teacher (Nevada) and former USMC Captain. A perfect candidate!
  • Require a Character Reference for a Gun Permit: How to Write a Character Reference for a Gun Permit Excerpt:

    In many cities and townships, applicants must provide at least one and as many as three or four character witnesses alongside their application for a gun permit. There is no one effective format for a character reference letter, since every city and town is looking for slightly different information. Generally, you're reassuring the police department that you've known the applicant for a long time and consider him to be of good moral character.
  • Require ethics training: The components of an ethics training program Excerpt:

    In business, ethics is equal to standards of conduct. Most companies have a code of policies and procedures relating to compliance with standards of conduct by employees. A comprehensive training program that defines and explains this policy is absolutely essential for your company
    Comment: I'm thinking of an eight hour class. Religious organizations (and others) could offer
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  1. My take on new laws besides letting teacher carry is simple; the Florida atrocity includes at least six points where government agencies, had they done their job, could have stopped this kid, but chose not to--in at least two of those cases, the school's downgrading of crimes to not notify the police (ABWE precedent) per DOJ investigation and an apparent police stand-down--the government was actively malign.

    And I'm supposed to respond to this by granting more power to the government? Seriously?

  2. When the government wants to have a mass shooting there is not much that we can do to stop it. Some of them are completely staged, such as Sandy Hook, where no one died or was shot. Sadly, some of them are real and they do shoot real people in their staged propaganda events, such as the Florida high school. It's sad to see people buying into the propaganda and actually believing that the events are actually as they are portrayed on CNN and other news networks.

    1. Really not sure how you can say SH was staged with no one killed:

      The dead

  3. Jim, are you serious? You really believe the government conspiracy theory that there was a shooting that day in Sandy Hook?


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