Yes, guns do kill people. This editorial from Dallas Star Telegram journalist Bob Ray Sanders expressed the views of a lot of people concerning the senseless daily shootings in Texas and all over the U.S. Arguments should not result in death. They often do and they have for centuries. Human nature leads some to kill when there is a disagreement or a grudge or a personal vendetta. I would love to change that with this blog and my advocacy for common sense. But I am realistic enough to know how hard the gun lobby would fight just about anything that might reduce the shootings. They have a habit of bringing out the "big guns" to get their way. Politicians use the gun lobby and vice verse.
"And as long as politicians can use guns as political weapons rather than for individual protection, we will continue to see the proliferation of their sale and use in the Lone Star State.That means we'll also see a proliferation of senseless violence that results in guns being used to settle arguments, sending far too many people to early graves." Thank you, Mr. Sanders for these words of wisdom concerning the state of gun rights in Texas and all over this country.
As for "political weapons" perhaps the gun lobby thought that the 2 recent Supreme Court rulings would be that for them. But what they didn't get out of the rulings is that all gun laws are illegal. This article reveals that the court system is finding on the side of common sense in challenge after challenge to gun laws already in place. So of 260 challenged cases thus far, not one has been found in favor of the gun rights position. " “There have been challenges to virtually every gun control [law],” says Adam Winkler, a constitutional law professor at UCLA. “The one thing that unites most of these cases is that the challenged gun control law is upheld.”"
I am pretty sure this is not the way the NRA and others in the gun rights movement thought this was going to shake out. Gun laws already on the books are, for the most part, sensible and reasonable and found to be legal. That's good news for public health and safety. The lawyers at the Brady Center and it's Legal Action Project and other lawyers have worked hard in the name of victims and potential victims. They understand that gun deaths are preventable if we do the right thing and not use the gun issue as a political weapon rather than as a way to pass and uphold common sense gun laws that could save lives. And to quote Mr. Sanders again: " And please, spare me the cliche, "Guns don't kill people, people do."