If the bill introduced yesterday in the Senate by Angus King (I-ME) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) becomes law, it will mark the first time that the government’s focus on controlling the ownership and use of guns will be where it should always have been, namely, on the lethality of the weapons which come under the law.
The United States is the only country in the entire world which has a gun-control system based not on the lethality of the guns being controlled, but on the behavior of the individuals who own and use the guns.
As a result, we are also the only country which allows law-abiding residents to own guns whose sole purpose it to be used tactically, which is a polite way of saying that such guns are designed to end human life.
Want to buy a nice, bolt-action Savage or Browning rifle in Canada and take the gun up to the Northwest Territories to bag a moose? It’s simple. You just take a firearms safety course, which is exactly like the safety course taught in the United States. Then you submit proof of the course and proof of identity to the police who issue you a gun license, known in Canada as a PAL (Possession and Acquisition License) and once it arrives, go into a gun shop and buy whatever rifle you like.
Want to buy a handgun to protect yourself inside your home or out in the street? You can’t, because Canada and every other country which regulates gun ownership believes that handguns manufactured by companies like Glock and Sig weren’t designed for civilian use. Such guns are carried by the military and the police in every country except one.
And that country happens to be the United States where guns that were designed as tactical weapons are carried by the military, the police, and law-abiding, good guys like you and me.
Which wouldn’t be a problem if none of those pistols bought by men and women after passing a background check didn’t then wind up in the bad-guy hands.
But for reasons that have never been fully explained, every year a couple of hundred thousand guns which are used to ‘pop a cap’ and kill or seriously injure a human being wind up in those ‘wrong’ hands.
If the bill introduced yesterday by Senators King and Heinrich actually became a law, this would change…