Gun Control & Gunfighters
by Clint Alexander
In the wake of the one of the worst mass shootings since Columbine, the tragedy last week at a theater in Colorado has reawakened the simmering debate over gun control. The alleged shooter, James Holmes, was able to arm himself in the weeks leading up to the massacre through legal channels. Those weapons included an assault rifle, a shotgun, and two Glock handguns, all bought from gun shops over the previous two months. He also purchased more than 6,000 rounds of ammunition off the Internet – 3,000 for the assault rifle, 3,000 for the two handguns, and 300 rounds for the shotgun. He even had a 100-round magazine hooked up to his rifle. His rampage left 12 dead and 58 injured.
As can be expected, this most recent mass shooting sparked media talk about gun control. What was not expected is the silence from the political world. The two main candidates for your vote in November have been silent on what has been in past years a contentious debate. It seems that while there is much outrage over the killings, there is little political will, especially in an election year, of reopening the argument over gun control. And that is too bad, for as this case and the increasing number of such cases in the decade since Columbine gives evidence to, gun control laws need to be revisited. Let me be clear, though. We at The Jail Report are strong supporters of the Second Amendment. As I have said in previous articles, I am a concealed weapons carrier and encourage all law-abiding citizens to take the class and arm themselves. We also believe that gun ownership is a right, but it is also a privilege. And with the great power a weapon gives, there comes great responsibility. And as we have seen, we cannot leave it to individuals to take those responsibilities seriously. Unfortunately, in areas that threaten the lives of others, the government needs to play a role. For example, the...