The Schumer’s Seek Expanded Gun Control Legislation
As reported in Time
Comedian Amy Schumer and U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer are teaming up to call for stricter gun laws, appearing together on Sunday in New York to push for expanded gun control legislation.
The Schumers, who are cousins, first announced their collaboration earlier this year after a deadly shooting in a Louisiana theater, where Amy’s movie Trainwreck was being screened.
“I don’t know why he picked my movie but … it’s something that I live with every day and I vowed to never forget the two lives that were tragically lost: Jillian Johnson, who was 33, and Mayci Breaux, who was just 21-years-old. These women are forever in my heart,” Schumer said on Sunday, the New York Daily News reports.
Sen. Chuck Schumer is pushing a proposal to prevent violent criminals, abusers and those with severe mental illnesses from purchasing firearms.
My Editorial Opinion
During this active political campaign for the White House, in addition to general debates and discussion on the issue of gun control, people bring up state rights to legislate their own gun laws. In almost the same breath, the 2nd Amendment of the constitution is mentioned. When will they stop being hypocrites and do something instead of passing the proverbial buck? If it’s a constitutional amendment that allows citizens to bear arms, then it’s federal, and if it’s federal, then legislating gun control is under federal jurisdiction.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is campaigning for President, is known for a moderate record on gun control in hunting-friendly Vermont. Recently however, he called for extended federal background checks and ending of the sale and distribution of semi-automatic weapons whose “only goal is to kill people.”
Because the states are all over the place when it comes to guns, a federal law is necessary. A federal registry would be a one-stop place for background checks and to license gun ownership. State law can then control if the owner complies with conceal carry licenses.
Enforcing laws where guns are found or used then becomes easier, as the lack of having a federal license to own a gun can be enforced. It might also make it easier on law enforcement, because that data base should be available to them the same as how they check for ownership of vehicles and outstanding warrants. Asking a suspect to place their gun on the ground or such, might result in less lives being taken on the basis of fearing that the suspect might have a gun. In other words, it narrows down the number of persons not in the data base who law enforcement has a need to fear the unlawful possession of a weapon.