With the recent shootings at Virginia Tech, gun control is once again a topic of conversation. This huge political issue divides our society. On the one hand, gun control advocates cite all of the incidents (like the recent one) that have occurred, and blame it on our lack of laws. On the other, you have numerous more vocal 2nd Amendment advocates who cite that it is our freedom of owning guns that keeps the government in check and keeps foreign invaders off of our soil.
Pennsylvania has proposed legislation on gun ownership that will require owners to register all of their guns annually and pay a $10 fee per gun. The law also provides for fingerprinting and background checks, and makes the final determination up to the State Police as to who can own guns. The contents of this bill can be read here.
Pennsylvania’s solution goes too far, and amounts to yet another tax on citizens of this state. Some locations ban certain types of guns, such as handguns, yet handgun deaths still occur. Personally, I believe that it is not the gun that does the killing but the person. In nearly every instance of ‘mass shootings’, the shooter(s) are mentally unbalanced, using mind altering substances, or the shooting occurs during a moment of uncontrolled rage.
Outright gun bans are not the answer to this growing problem. Hunting is a passion for a large number of US citizens. In the last published report from the US Fish and Wildlife agency, hunters averaged eighteen days hunting and spent over $20.5 billion on their sport. What do OmniNerds think? How do we protect the 2nd Amendment, while protecting citizens too?
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