All over the country Americans argue over gun control. Sayings like, “Guns kill” and “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people” get thrown around all the time,. However, I do believe their is a compromise available.
My View on the Magazine Issue
While the constitution is followed, the federal government will not be able to take away your guns. But they have the right to regulate weaponry. There is no conceivable reason that an ordinary citizen needs a magazine with over 10 rounds. My family has 10 weapons and we go hunting, clay shooting, and target shooting multiple times a year and our highest magazine is 8 rounds. Hell, my dad has shot a moose with a 5 round mag. The point I am making here is it is alright to have powerful guns, but there is no reason for guns with high compact magazines.
My View on the Automatic Weapon Issue
In Texas, where I live, If you register an automatic rifle, like an AK-47, with the NFA (National Firearms Act) any civilian can buy and obtain one. I only have one simple question, Why? Why is it necessary to own an automatic weapon? I take Ronald Regan’s quote to heart, “I do not believe in taking away the right of the citizen for sporting, for hunting and so forth, or for home defense, but I do believe that an AK-47, a machine gun, is not a sporting weapon or needed for defense of a home.” Unless you have a legitimate reason to carry the gun, then I believe that if you want an automatic weapon you must not only register it with the NFA, but you must submit an legitimate reason to own the gun and have this reason approved. This will ensure that only folks with legitimate intentions will be able to legally own automatic weapons.
My View on theFast and Furious Scandal
The job of government agencies is to protect out nation and our citizens. The line between protection and negligence was obviously crossed in this situation. We should expect that governmental agencies bend the laws or sometimes even break them in the interest of national security, however, when they do this and their failures ultimately lead to the death of Americans, this is a serious issue. In the Fast and Furious case, the ATF gave AK-47s to Mexican cartels in order to track them and bring down the cartels. This tactic has worked in the past with drugs and money, however it had never been done with guns. The differentiating factor that lead to this operation being unsuccessful was that the guns were never tracked and no cartels were ever brought down because of this operation. As you can see this operation was a failure and the death of at least one border patrol agent may have been prevented. But one thing is sure. we need the people in the government who were involved in this catastrophe to be brought to justice!
All in all, I believe that our political parties need to work together and to understand that with ever changing technologies- we need ever changing policies and regulations of our government and its citizens.