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It's never too early to talk about gun control

MC DC Wash Rinse Repeat in BW 1bIt is not too soon. Today's the day to talk about guns in the aftermath of the horrific tragedy that took place just a few short weeks ago in Las Vegas.
Let's start the discussion with some math. This country averages about 90 deaths by gun per day. That is about 33,000 gun deaths per year, every year. Compare that statistic to Japan which had one gun death last year. That is one.
Want more math? The population of this country is about 320 million and the number of guns in this country is about 265 million. Of those 265 million guns about half, or 130 million guns, are owned by only three percent of the population. 78 percent of the population do not own a firearm.
Here's an even better statistic: with only about five percent of the population, the United States accounts for 50 percent of all guns in the world.
One more statistic: there have been, to date, 273 mass shootings, or shootings that take at least four lives, in the United States this year.
Now let's add up all the numbers and what do we get? It is time to do something because doing nothing is not working. In the aftermath of the deadliest mass shooting in our history, a record which seems to be broken every year or so, the Republican Congress said “too soon.”

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A closer look at the first two amendments to the Constitution

Bill of RightsSome recent events have made it an opportune time to take another look at the first two amendments to the Constitution.
Let's begin with the First Amendment. The First Amendment to the Constitution covers a great deal in very few words. Specifically it states: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
If there is one word that is the most significant among the 44 words that comprise the amendment it is the word "Congress." The amendment is intended to prevent "Congress," and by Congress meaning the government, from enacting laws that would violate an individual's right to practice his or her religion or exercise his or her right to free speech, a free press, assembling peaceably, or petitioning the government.

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County leaders discuss curbing gun violence

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ROCKVILLE – A Nov. 17 hearing on the impact of gun violence on public health centered on ways to reduce the number of people dying from being shot, including making guns safer.

The hour-long discussion at the Montgomery County Council Building did not entirely avoid the issue of gun control, as promised by County Councilmember George Leventhal (D-At large), who sponsored the hearing. 

Leventhal said members of the public could not comment during the hearing out for fear that the hearing “could get out of control.”

“Gun violence is something we’d like to see diminished,” Leventhal said.

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ATF, time to do your job on guns!

 

It is estimated that approximately 40 percent of gun sales in the United States are not subject to background checks.  Most point to gun shows and the Internet as the loopholes in the existing background check law thus necessitating the need for additional legislation from Congress to close this universal loophole.  Although it may be true that the 40 percent figure is a result of gun show and Internet sales, the real loophole, call it a glaring pothole, is the result of the vagueness in the language defining "engaging in the business of selling guns".  It is this lack of specificity regarding what constitutes "engaging in the business of selling guns" that has made it so difficult for ATF to enforce existing background checks requirements for gun sales at both gun shows and via the Internet.

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NRA disciples cherry-picking Constitution

Freedom! Don't take away my freedom! I have my rights! It's in the Constitution! Second Amendment! These are the cries of members of the gun establishment expressing their National Rifle Association-instilled fears that any commonsense gun safety measures, such as universal mandatory background checks as a requirement to purchase a gun, will infringe on their Constitutional right to carry a gun without any restrictions or safeguards whatsoever.

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