Senator Frank Lautenberg D-NJ finds it necessary once again to limit American’s access to purchasing firearms by proposing legislation to close loopholes which allow Gun Shows to sell guns without a background check on the buyers and to provide certain information related to the weapon sold. The proposed legislation appears noble at a glance until you consider a few things. Anyone who is familiar with the 2nd Amendment which states
(Infringed- vb [Latin infringer] 1: Violate, Transgress 2: encroach, trespass.)
” A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”
Does this legislation encroach on the rights of law abiding citizen’s? I believe it does. The whole point of this proposal according to Senator Lautenberg is to keep American’s safer from Terrorist and Felonious Criminals. ]
[WASHINGTON, DC - Sen. Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), the author of legislation to close the gun show loophole, today applauded a City of New York investigation that exposed overwhelming evidence that criminals and terrorists can easily access firearms at gun shows.]
” This investigation reveals how easy it is for criminals and even terrorists to purchase firearms at gun shows and is further proof that we must close the gun show loophole,” stated Sen. Lautenberg. “It will be clear to anybody who reads this report that we have an urgent need and responsibility to require a background check for every gun purchased at every gun show. Closing this dangerous loophole is plain common sense that will make our communities and our country safer.”
But the Senator is assuming that Gun Shows are the only way criminals and terrorist are able to get firearms. Does he not realize that homes and vehicles are burglarized daily in which firearms are stolen by criminals and sold on the streets? What about illegal or stolen weapons that is imported into the United States via our open borders and other simple means?
One more serious question I have is where is the probable cause to restrict the sale or purchase of weapons of those who are buying and selling and are law abiding without violating any laws? Is this profiling? Are they suggesting that all involved in buying and selling firearms at a gun show a part of some criminal element? What about firearms bought and sold via the internet and classified ads?
“There is no rational reason to oppose closing the loophole. The reason it’s still not closed is simple: the continuing power of the special interest gun lobby in Washington,” Sen. Lautenberg said. “My legislation would require background checks for every gun purchased at every gun show across America and would help keep guns out of the hands of criminals. Without this change in the law, anyone – from felons to terrorists to fugitives – can buy a gun at a gun show, no questions asked. That needs to change.” Senator Frank Lautenberg
I believe all gun control laws are ineffective. The only people who are ever inconvenienced by them are law abiding citizen’s who wish to own a firearm for their own personal protection. The criminals just simply don’t care if they are illegal or not. A criminal violates all laws. They never have difficulty in obtaining a firearm. Did you know that guns are banned in China and yet they are experiencing a rising problem in China with gun violence?
[Police in Mudanjiang, Heilongjiang Province, prepare to destroy a haul of 375 illegal guns and more than 300 knives last year. Although it is illegal for civilians to own guns in China, crime involving firearms has been on the rise in recent years. Photo: Xinhua
“With the convenient communication and exchange with the outside world, criminals have more channels to access guns. It’s difficult for us to plug all the channels,” he said.”
I believe Senator Frank Lautenberg’s agenda to restrict law abiding citizens ability to purchase guns at a gun show is simply another attack on law abiding citizen’s right to keep and bear arms. Why don’t this Senator and the rest of the Senators who hate guns and gun owners find ways to cut off access to this country at its borders and focus on the real threats to this country? Why don’t they propose much stronger mandatory sentencing for criminals violating Gun Violence Laws and committing crimes with them and leave the law abiding citizen alone?