I don’t speak for any politicians. I know it’s easy for Democrats to score political points following a tragedy by calling for “common sense gun control” (whatever that means), just like it’s easy for Republicans to score political points by saying “Now is not the time to talk about it” or “guns don’t kill people, people kill people.”
I think both of these miss the mark. I think it is foolish and short-sighted to dismiss out of hand any attempt at gun control. Perhaps guns are just tools, but they are lethal tools. That there are some types of restrictions on obtaining something potentially lethal seems like it shouldn’t be that controversial of an idea.
As for concrete examples, I could posit a few, but I’d be the first to admit they are open for debate as I’m not well read on this subject. I think we need to look at statistics with regards to the regulations we already have in place to see which of those have been effective. I think we need to investigate (and maybe we already have) exactly how criminals get their hands on weapons and take the necessary measures to close the gaps in the supply chain.
One example I’ll throw out there is how about limits on how many guns and/or ammo you can purchase in a certain time period? The shooter in Las Vegas amassed a large arsenal over the past year. Why would it be necessary for a person to stockpile that many weapons?
I’m not sure why people balk so much at background checks and waiting periods. I have to get a background check if I want to chaperone a youth event at my church. Why should I be offended about going through a background check to pick up a deadly weapon? And under what circumstances would I ever need a gun immediately such that waiting a week or so would have grave consequences? These seem like “common sense” measures, though, I’ll admit, I do not know any statistics with regards to how effective they are.
Again, I’ll be the first to admit that my knowledge is lacking in this area. But I think we need to avoid kneejerk responses. I don’t think it’s good for us to reject out of hand any suggestions because we’ve already decided that “gun control never works.” Surely the safety of our nation’s citizens warrants that we can at least have a conversation about these things.