Make federal laws to reduce gun access


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Well that's how king sheep himself John Rosenthal see's it.

By John Rosenthal | January 7, 2006

GIVEN THE huge number of easily accessible and virtually unregulated guns in the United States, it is surprising there aren't more than 30,000 gun deaths and 100,000 gun injuries each year. Most US cities have experienced an increase in gun violence, and this deadly trend is likely to continue until we enact uniform national gun laws that address easy access to guns by criminals and confront race, poverty, and the lack of economic opportunity in our poorest neighborhoods.

Massachusetts has enacted one of the most effective gun violence prevention laws and initiatives in the country, it is surrounded by states where it's easy to buy and sell guns. Moreover, the federal government has allowed easy access to guns and actually restricts law enforcement's ability to reduce the number of gun traffickers. Indeed, there are no federal minimum mandatory gun trafficking statutes, and the US Justice Department requires that the FBI destroy National Instant Check gun purchase records after 24 hours -- making it nearly impossible for police to track gun traffickers and illegal multiple gun sale patterns. This is largely due to the influence of the National Rifle Association and the gun lobby over Congress and the Bush administration. As a result, what few national gun laws that do exist are rendered useless. Sadly, law enforcement is unnecessarily at risk because criminals have easy access to more powerful weapons than police are issued.

According to Boston police and federal law enforcement agencies, guns traced to crime are coming from the following sources:

They are stolen from homes, cars, or gun dealers and then sold to criminals.

Straw purchasers (buyers with clean background checks) lawfully purchase guns from federally licensed dealers or private sellers and resell to people without a background check or documentation. Historically, about 1 percent of federally licensed dealers are responsible for about 50 percent of guns traced to crimes.

Guns are purchased at gun shows, flea markets, and other ''secondary sale" markets in states where no background checks or documentation is required. There are more than 5,000 two-day gun shows in the United States each year, where more than half the guns sold are transferred by ''private sellers." Thirty-two states, including Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire, allow ''private sales" of guns without background checks or documentation. In addition, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is prohibited from regulating ''private sales." The Bureau projects that 50 percent of crime guns in Massachusetts originate from within the state and 50 percent come from out of state. However, because of the many gun sale loopholes and poor record keeping, there is no way to know definitely.

So what's the answer to gun trafficking and the increasing gun violence in urban centers?

The federal government must enact uniform gun laws similar to what has worked in Massachusetts. It should:

Require backgrounds checks for all gun purchases, especially at gun shows and flea markets.

Require safe storage of all firearms -- unless they are in the owner's direct control -- to reduce gun thefts from homes, cars, and dealers.

Allow the FBI to maintain gun purchase records that can be accessed by law enforcement.

Develop effective federal gun trafficking laws with minimum mandatory sentences for unlawful multiple gun sales.

Limit gun purchases to one per month per person.

Create incentives for gun manufacturers to produce ''personalized" and ''child-proof" guns that only the intended user can fire.

The federal government must also create economic opportunities, job training, and mentoring programs and close the ''equity" gap for the poor urban neighborhoods where virtually all the gun violence and gang activity take place.

These solutions require the political will and courage to stand up to the greed, ignorance, and shortsightedness of the gun lobby and their supporters in Congress and the White House. We must recognize that if gun violence were killing mostly suburban white kids and not urban kids of color, there would be an uproar that Congress and the president could not ignore. There should be an uproar to quiet the sound of gunshots in our inner cities.

John Rosenthal is a gun owner and cofounder of the groups Stop Handgun Violence, Common Sense About Kids and Guns, and the American Hunters and Shooters Association.

Bruce has this story up as well.

Just because Mr. Rosenthal has his Grandfather's .22LR nailed up above his fireplace with the barrel filled with lead, doesn't mean he is a gun owner.
There should be an uproar to quiet the sound of gunshots in our inner cities.
He said it himself, if a total gun ban in DC doesn't prevent minority gun violence what is a federal law going to do but prevent law abiding citizens to defend themselves. But there we go bringing facts in to the equation, why use facts when you can run off of pure unfounded emotion.

As I know it is no surprise to anyone in here, President Bush once again is thrown under the bus because a small minority of our minority population can not obey the law.
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Rosenthal is a flaming f'ing turd who hasn't clue one. He's consistantly twisted facts to represent what HE wants all the while pretending that he's "one of us". Bull cookies!!


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"Massachusetts has enacted one of the most effective gun violence prevention laws and initiatives in the country, it is surrounded by states where it's easy to buy and sell guns."

Yeah, very effective !
That's the reason why the number of people shot in surrounded Ft. Beantown is on a steady increase, whereas it's low or on the decrease in these surrounding states.
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From my related post:

To recap - over the last 10 years or so, Boston's murder rate has seen a return to a 10-year high, while the national rates for homicide, non-fatal firearm-related crime, and other violent crimes have gone down. Also, during that timespan, the gun control laws in Massachusetts have become even more restrictive, while numerous other states have loosened their restrictions on gun ownership by NON-CRIMINALS and have actually made it easier for law-abiding citizens to obtain permits for the carrying of concealed weapons for self-defense purposes.

So, on whose model exactly should we be basing any new federal law now, Mr. Rosenthal?

Rosenthal continues with the same tired arguments we've heard over and over again from his ilk - that somehow it's Vermont's fault for the illegal behavior of the gangbanger and crackhead populations in Boston, New York, Baltimore, etc. The so-called leaders in these cities (Menino, Bloomberg, et al) know full well that it's easier to talk tough and enact harsh measures against the peaceable, law-abiding citizens of Wyoming and Vermont than it is to actually take on the violent criminals in their own back yard.

Links and referenced statistics (via DOJ) in post.
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