“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.” These are the words of the second amendment as written by our forefathers.
Many laws have since been passed on the right to bear arms. Currently laws are being drawn up to give the right to citizens to sue gun manufacturers. If this is passed who will be next, car manufacturers, toy companies? The cause of a crime needs to be addressed, not the instrument used. Stronger enforcement of the existing laws would help with gun crimes.
There is a need for gun laws. Though the more than 20,000 laws on the federal, state and local books have not deterred the violent use of guns. Some gun control laws may save lives. For instance the five day waiting period before the purchase of a handgun.
The brutal killing of students in Oklahoma brought on a new onslaught of gun control advocates. If those boys had not had guns, could they have killed their fellow students in another way? In fact yes, officials found bombs planted around the school. Bomb making materials were also found in the boys homes. This was a very tragic incident that brought more attention to guns, however, guns do not kill people, people kill people.
I agree with the government that guns can be made safer, and less accessible to children and felons.The agenda of President Clinton and his liberal party is to open the door for lawsuits against gun makers for the outcome of a product that works as advertised. This is as analogous as suing a car manufacturer for the fact that a car got travelers to their destination. Should a car manufacturer be sued every time a person drives drunk and kills someone? If we are to sue the gun manufacturer, why not the car manufacturer?Gun control activists are motivated by the best of intentions.
Although, their quest for a gun free society is not the route to stopping violent gun crime. The prosecution of those people who deliberately use weapons in an illegal manner is a must. While prosecuting the law-abiding companies that manufacturer guns and those private individuals who own guns, is blatantly ignoring the second amendment.The laws that exist on the books now need to be strongly enforced.
Indeed a new enforcement project called EXILE has been implemented in several large cities, one such as Richmond, Virginia. EXILE has been successful in lowering the gun crime rate. This project”s goal is to promptly incarcerate, detain without a bond, prosecute and sentence the armed criminal. The expedited reporting system has decreased processing time from several months to only several days.
EXILE demands mandatory minimum sentences. Any person caught using a gun in a crime or unlawfully carry one, is automatically “exiled” to a mandatory state penitentiary. If a project of this type were implemented nationwide, the gun crime rate would be drastically lowered.This country was built on the dream of being a free nation.
The government has tried to address the gun problem by passing numerous gun laws. Although, the need is to address the reason behind the crime and not the instrument committing the crime. Suing gun manufacturers will not address this reason. No one has the right to harm or cause death to another human.
However, no one has the right to take the guns from law-abiding Americans. As the second amendment states “the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”