The letter by Dick and Cheri Dempsey on gun control relied on emotion and political spin in place of facts to support their opinion. Fortunately our Senate has a number of mature individuals capable of comprehending the verbiage in a Senate bill. The author's reference to “automatic weapons” reveals a lack of knowledge on the subject. Congress in 1935 passed a law denying the citizenry of owning an “automatic” (machine gun) weapon. The recent bill in question simply repeats many of our existing laws governing the sale and possession of firearms. Every weapon I ever purchased in the past half century required a very detailed collection of information about who I was as part of the sale. When a handgun was involved, it required the gun to be held until a background check was completed before they could actually turn it over to me.
During the past half century, Democrats and liberals have passed thousands of city ordinances, state and federal laws governing the sale and possession of firearms. Every incident involving a mass murder of people resulted in a minimum of six existing laws violated by the individual. How could this law prevent future incidents? One profound characteristic that existed in these mass murders which the mainstream media refuses to address is “they occurred in gun-free zones.” The Internet routinely posted small-town newspaper articles about similar potential incidents prevented because of the presence of one citizen with a legal gun.
To illustrate the stupidity of politician pandering to the public's emotion, the State of New York passed a law outlawing any weapon or magazine holding more than seven rounds. This law results in the vast majority of state and local police being in violation of this law. Why? Most policemen rely on firearms containing at least 10 rounds. I understand they are now attempting to rectify this mistake. Every weapon sold at a store must retain a detailed record of who purchased it, their age, sex, and even address at that time. These records must be retained by the store or, upon closing their doors, sent to ATF for retention.
The proposed law simply creates a federal database of every weapon for their future utilization. When the Social Security System was established we were promised that it would be used only by the Social Security Administration. Now it is used for income tax purposes, identification in military, and increasingly in every aspect of our daily lives. I wonder what our federal government truly intends to utilize a gun registration system for?
William R. Hadley