Senate Starts Talks About Gun Control Measures
Members of the U.S. Senate have begun their talks about the four gun control measures. Two of these will be sponsored by Democrats and the other two by the Republicans. Sen. Dianne Feinstein who represents the democratic side leads the “no fly, no buy” bill that aims to prevent gun sales to names included on the terrorist watch list. Sen. Chris Murphy’s bill, on the other hand, targets to provide for background checks in online gun shops, as well as in various gun shows.
Republican Sen. John Cornyn had earlier presented a good alternative to Feinstein’s bill which gives the government the power to hold a gun sale from any gun dealers as long as the people involved are suspected terrorists. The delay can last to up to 72 hours. However, it will require prosecutors to go to court to present reasonable cause to officially block the sale. There should be a total of 60 yes votes in order for these bills to be added to larger federal spending legislation.
In a part of the debate, Florida Sen. Bill Nelson brought and were able to use photos of a semiautomatic weapon like the ones that was used in the tragic gay shooting in Orlando. He asked the people involved in the debate if they want terrorists to be able to purchase these kinds of weapon too easily. Following this claim, Nelson highlighted the importance of Feinstein’s bill as it allows ban sales to those included in the watch list, as well as to people who have been on a watch list on the past. He said this includes the likes of Omar Mateen.
Sen. John Cornyn of Texas opposed, insisting that the Feinstein’s bill is actually not constitutional. He said the bill that was being proposed would have done nothing to stop the now most famous shooter in Orlando from buying guns. He also noted that Sen. Ted Kennedy was mistakenly placed in the watch list and had a difficulty clearing his name from something which he was not involved.
The debate continues with Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal saying gun violence is an epidemic that the American society has to face. He said everyone knows that crimes which involve improper gun handling could increase in number and things could get worse if we do not act. He had also acknowledged that people are so much better now when it comes to preventing terrorists from carrying bombs onto planes.
With the huge number of guns that are circulating in the country, more than 300 million, with a significant addition to these numbers from sales at gun shops in Utah and in some other parts of America daily, it is inevitable for crimes to increase. The availability of guns anytime people gets angry, fearful or paranoid could lead them to use their legally brought guns.
Despite all these debates, everyone is advised to put all our heads together and finally take control. We do not have to wait to see more dead bodies piling up.