Are gun laws there to make us feel safe, regardless of the reality? Weld County, CO Sheriff John Cooke says that gun laws and restrictions “give a false sense of security.” He also says that despite new bills requiring a preliminary background inspection before buying a gun, “Criminals are still going to get their guns,” basically pointing out that new gun laws aren’t going to stop criminals, because criminals, by nature, don’t obey laws.
What’s the Point of these New Restrictions?
Even some Democrats, typically in favor of gun control, appear to agree with Cooke – Representative Beth McCann, a supporter of the new gun control procedures, admits that they probably won’t actually do anything but slow down the criminals – “Are we going to stop all criminals from getting guns? No. But are we are going to put a barrier there, make it more difficult for them? Yes.”
According to the Fox News article published today, the motivation behind the new restrictions are the multiple recent school shootings – basically, government officials are saying that the gun control is all in our best interests and safety. Also, government officials have interviewed some individuals involved in school killings, who have supported the new gun control laws — according to Gazette.com article
“Tom Sullivan, whose son Alex was among the 12 killed in the Aurora, Colo., theater shooting, was among the people urging lawmakers to pass magazine restrictions. “He was enjoying the movie one second, and then the next second he was dead,” Tom Sullivan said. Jane Dougherty, whose sister, Mary Sherlach, was a psychologist killed in the shooting rampage at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., has been lobbying Colorado lawmakers to pass new gun laws. She said she doesn’t understand gun owners who worry the bills are putting a burden on their rights. She said the Connecticut shooter used “the same type of weapon that we use in war” to “slaughter these babies” and asked lawmakers for stricter gun laws.”
Why Cooke Protested
Cooke isn’t alone — Multiple officials and civilians have protested the most recent gun control bills. According to The Tribune, “Cooke said the bill requiring a $10 background check to legally transfer a gun would not keep firearms out of the hands of those who use them for violence,” (emphasis added) and that the new background check requirements and rules are just to make people feel safer – not that they actually serve a purpose. “They’re feel-good, knee-jerk reactions that are unenforceable,” he says.
Gun Safety: It’s Up to Americans
What are we going to do about it? We may not have power to decide what legislation is passed, but we have power to protest and vote. We who need guns to hunt and defend our families need to write letters to our governors, senators and representatives. Not interested in public protesting, or think it won’t help? To prepare against gun control, the best thing to do is find a place where it hasn’t hit yet and is less likely to hit as hard.
Do you know which ten states have the top gun control, and top gun violence?