May 24, 2013
Asian American Action Fund
Electing Our Leaders, Empowering Our Community
First, a Colorado movie theater and now a Sikh temple. Why can’t our leaders get serious about regulating firearms?
– Gautam Dutta
I think the answer is because there’s around 270,000,000 guns in this country already, and no chance whatsoever that importation is controllable (the drug war should have demonstrated that).
What meaningful legislative proposal — which doesn’t impinge on the second amendment — has any support among the electorate or their representatives?
The only two ideas even floated by elected candidates are a renewal of the assault weapons ban (which banned purely cosmetic features and has no bearing on the deadliness of the weapon) and a limit on extra long clips in guns (which, while not unreasonable in itself, seems to me to be security theatre and not a solution to any problem).
Some elements of the Democratic Party may still favor gun control legislation, but the issue is in my view neither a practical pursuit nor a winning issue for Democrats outside of the three largest metro areas.
Guns are a permanent fixture of our culture, and whatever measures we adopt are going to have to reflect that fact.
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