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Hillary Clinton’s gun control plan was ‘a good start’

October 7, 2015

Hillary Clinton has a plan to close the loopholes in the current gun laws on the books. This came on the heals of the tragedy in Roseburg, Oregon. One of the major issues was holding the manufacturers of guns responsible for the sale of the firearm. In other words, the maker can be sued for the use of the gun. It was my hope that the law also addressed the three day wait time making that 90 days and revoking the open carry law.

She planned to toughen the guidelines of gun shows and web sales of firearms. Also, if she became president, she planned to use executive action if Congress waffles on this.That was if she made it to the Oval Office. Her plan had merit though because:

  1. Required background checks for buyers. Under the current gun show guidelines sellers weren’t required to do background checks on those that purchase.
  2. Hit them in the wallet. She would push to overturn a law backed by the National Rifle Association that prevents crime victims from suing gun manufacturers. 
  3. Her proposal would take away the licenses of “bad actor” dealers who knowingly supply guns to straw purchasers and traffickers.

The biggest problem with the gun control issue was that no politician was able to withstand the strong influence of the NRA in Congress. Most attempts to stiffen the current gun laws died in committee.

She was right about one thing, no one should be afraid to attend any school, movie theater, or Bible Study because someone went off half-cocked with a gun for whatever reason.

Bernie Sanders, who spoke about gun control, did not have current plan. His voting record was mixed too. He only stated:

the “killings are a tragic reminder of the ugly stain of racism that still taints our nation.”

The statement omitted any mention of firearms, but after the Oregon shootings he urged for: “sensible gun-control legislation which prevents guns from being used by people who should not have them.”

Every time there was a shooting, Clinton’s competitors, the Republicans, would say that it was not time to talk about gun control. It was time to act. This was a good start because it dressed a major part of the problem my mother and me were concerned with. As a nation, we still need to pray and act.


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