Control vs. liberty

It is our position that careful attention should be paid to the current gun control debate in order to balance liberty and gun ownership. Mothers are taking to the streets in the form of groups such as Moms Demand Action For Gun Sense In America, a grassroots effort formed in the wake of the devastating mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. The group’s founder is Zionsville mother of five, Shannon Watts.

This group, who advocates for common sense gun laws, has even dropped the term, “gun control” from their name in the hopes of lobbying successfully for a ban on assault weapons and ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, the requirement of background checks for all gun and ammunition purchases and the reporting of the sale of large quantities of ammunition to the ATF, as well as placing a ban on online sales of ammunition.

What seems like common sense control to some sounds like a liberty infringement on the Second Amendment right to bear arms to others and an unnecessary penalty for responsible gun owners. While some may argue that gun violence is a people control problem and a mental health issue, hopefully reasonable heads will prevail in this important debate.

  • Julie Reimann

    I can’t help but comment here–
    1. Ban on assault weapons: If you
    knew anything about guns, you would know that an AR15 is no more
    dangerous than a 12 gauge shot gun which people have had forever. The
    bullet size is actually smaller; soldiers have complained about them not
    being that effective compared to other weapons on the battlefield.
    They only shoot one bullet at a time, no automated anything. They look
    “scary” because of the accessories you can add to them. That’s it.
    2.
    Higher capacity magazines–What is wrong with having more than 10
    rounds in your magazine? You’re saying 10 is okay. So it’s okay to
    kill 10, but 11 is over the limit? Not logical. If there were three
    thugs attacking me, I’d want as many as possible.
    3. Background
    checks– we already have background checks when purchasing a gun. I’ve
    seen it myself. If the FBI doesn’t clear you, you don’t buy a weapon.
    Period.

    4.
    What we need is more armed law-abiding citizens. Especially for women,
    I truly think this levels the playing field. If I am in a threatening
    situation, I can eliminate the threat -I.E. not get raped and/or
    killed.
    5. We need to enforce that laws we already have; more laws
    don’t make anyone obey them. We need to be realistic about human
    nature. Criminals will always get guns illegally; it doesn’t matter how
    many laws are on the books.

    6. When it comes down to it, the issue is not about safety; it’s about control. Our forefathers put in the second amendment to protect us from tyrannical governments. It was NOT about hunting.