Tucson Tragedy Prompts Renewed Calls For Gun Control

NRA-ILA GRASSROOTS ALERT Vol. 18, No. 2      01/14/10

Friday, January 14, 2011
This week, the NRA and countless Americans offered prayers and condolences for those killed and wounded during the senseless assassination attempt on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.).

Yet while those of us who defend the Second Amendment were respecting the heartache of the people of Tucson and waiting to learn the full facts of the case, anti-gun activists were renewing their push for more gun control laws.  (“In the wake of these kind of incidents, the trick is to move quickly,” the Violence Policy Center’s Kristen Rand told MSNBC.)

Rand and other gun ban advocates were quick to push several schemes.

The most widely publicized is the proposal by Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Rep. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) to re-impose the 1994 ban on new manufacture of ammunition magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition, and to criminalize the transfer of existing magazines between law-abiding gun owners.  These magazines are standard equipment for self-defense handguns and other firearms owned by tens of millions of Americans.  Law-abiding private citizens choose them for many reasons, including the same reason police officers do: to improve their odds in defensive situations.

Also, Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) proposed to ban possession of firearms within 1,000 feet of the President, Vice President, Members of Congress or federal judges.  Obviously, this proposal would be ignored by anyone who intends to harm a government official.  But it would impose extraordinary burdens on honest gun owners, creating potentially hundreds of square miles of roving “gun free” areas throughout the United States.

There’s no question that the debate over gun control will continue after the Tucson attack.  Please rest assured that the NRA will, as always, stand front and center in defense of the rights of gun owners.  And, as always, watch your NRA-ILA alerts for the latest news and calls to action on these critical issues.

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2 Responses to Tucson Tragedy Prompts Renewed Calls For Gun Control

  1. tootsie says:

    Hey I have an idea that should appeal to all you GUNgho ( pun intended ), let’s give guns to little girls. Yep, if that 9 year-old little girl would’ve had a GUN to protect herself, she most certainly would be alive today! With the frequency of school gun shootings, kids might actually a chance. As if arming average citizens will deter the nutcases to not shoot. Very few gun battles go off as scripted. GUNS such as the ne used in Tuscon last week, are for killing people & those are in need of regulation. Most people who ask for gun control, are not against the average rifle bearing good citizen who wants it for hunting or target practice. Isn’t it ironic that so many on the oro life side are also pro GUN? I would like to live in a country where it’s safe enough that I don’t have to worry about owning a GUN!!!!

    • glennTX1966 says:

      I approved this comment so that if any one reads it, they can see the sad and pathetic minds that are in America. First off the notion about giving guns to little girl’s to take to school is just off the wall, out of mind, nonsense babel. From the sound of things you are one of those that thinks that Government can provide that utopia, where every one is happy, safe, well fed and clothed. If us patriots would just, shut up, sit down and get out of the way. It is obvious you have no knowledge of history and how it repeats itself. Take Nazi, Germany 1933 gun control was put in place. Just one example. When good men do nothing evil men prevail. Did Timothy McVey use a gun in the Oklahoma city bomb? How about those terrorist on 9-11? This sick mind in Tuscon would have devised a way to achieve what he done with other means. It is your mind set that gives us the tyrannies of the world, Nazi Germany, Feudal Europe, Red China, North Korea, Islamic terrorist. They never stop nor quit, they will be in this world until the end of time. Until Christ returns and cleans the earth.

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