When I listen to the NRA’s Wayne Lapierre, he always talks about gun owners being law-abiding citizens, and they should not be bothered with background checks or other pesky restrictions like magazines in assault rifles that can only have 10 rounds at a time.
I know lots of gun owners, and they are all law-abiding citizens.
However, look at the statistics just quoted by John Hickenlooper, the governor of Colorado:
Background checks in Colorado stopped 38 people from buying guns who were convicted of homicides, 600 burglars, 1300 who had committed felonious assaults. In addition 400 had existing restraining orders and were stopped, 236 showed up to pick up their guns but were arrested because of existing warrants for violent felonies.
Not all people seeking to buy guns are law-abiding citizens, and some get stopped. If the right one had gotten stopped in Connecticut, just maybe 20 children in Newtown would be eating their breakfast cereals before going to school this morning.
About 30,000 people die from guns every year in the United States. 18,000 of those may be law-abiding but somehow so depressed, so torn down, that they use their guns to take their own lives.
The remaining 12,000 die from being shot by others. Some of those others are law-abiding citizens who do things like show off their guns at a party, leave them on the bed and have their 4-year-olds pick them up and shoot somebody. But others are plain murderers, who kill for money, drugs, organized crime, sex, or simply in rage while in a domestic dispute.
The 30,000 deaths I just listed are only the deaths. These numbers do not include the near misses, the light and serious injuries, and the debilitating and maiming injuries that occur due to gun violence every day.
The inconvenience of background checks is a very small price to pay for some innocent lives saved. I am law-abiding and I don’t mind. COME AND CHECK MY BACKGROUND!
3 thoughts on “Gun Owners, Law-Abiding Citizens and the New Colorado Gun Laws”
Isn’t Hickenlooper the governor of the same state that sent the rapist of a 14yr.
old girl to prison for less than one year and he wants gun registration? Who
would want him in control of any thing concerning the constitution?
Thanks for your comment.
Yes, the 30-day sentence for the rape of a 14-year-old girl is shocking and alarming. However, it was not the governor of Colorado that pronounced that sentence, it was a judge in the criminal justice system. Further, Hickenlooper is the governor, not the legislature, which is the body that “makes laws.” The constitution is a federal founding document, which again has nothing to do with Colorado law.
So while I agree with what I think the core of your statement is: rape should be punished with more than 30 day sentences – I do not understand how this has anything to do with the essence of my post above.
Gun registration has no connection to rape, although I admit I do not know if guns were involved in the rape of the referenced 14-year-old.