Besides, the debate is worth having. Otherwise, Congress tends to read the absence of outrage as total consent.
Third, limit gun purchases to no more than one per month. Virginia put a good pinch on East Coast gunrunners by passing such a law in the 1990s, without putting an unreasonable burden on legitimate collectors and sportsmen. Nevertheless, the state's current Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell and GOP-led legislature repealed that law earlier this year. The law should be reinstated — nationally!
Finally, close the federal loophole that still allows weapons sales at many gun shows without background checks. The best recent argument I have heard for that move comes from an unlikely source, al-Qaida spokesman and recruiter Adam Gadahn, the first U.S. citizen since 1952 to be charged with treason. On YouTube, just watch him praise America's lax gun laws — for all the mayhem they can bring.
“America is absolutely awash with easily obtainable firearms,” he chirps. “You can go down to a gun show at the local convention center and come away with a fully automatic assault rifle, without a background check and, most likely, without having to show an identification card. So what are you waiting for?”
Right. That's what I say to politicians who claim to want sensible gun laws. What are you waiting for?
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