Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Enforce Existing Gun Laws, New Laws Are Not Required

Those that favor more restrictive gun laws strongly believe that fewer guns will mean fewer crimes committed with firearms. They must believe that criminals will still commit their crimes but will use fewer guns.

The real motivation behind new gun laws is more government control. It is clear that they like new laws for political gains because they have no interest in directing the efforts at enforcing the existing laws. Consider the recent words of Wayne LaPierre:
A simple look at the law answers that question. Everything real violent criminals do to acquire a firearm is already a serious federal felony. Under federal law, lying to a licensed dealer, lying on the form 4473, and straw sales are all federal felonies that are almost never prosecuted. Holder’s Justice Department calls them “paper violations.”  Yet those are the very crimes that they say demand a “universal background check”—a national registration scheme—for all of us.
He goes on to reference some existing laws that if enforced would have a greater impact on crimes committed with firearms than any new politically motivates new legislation favored by Democrats.
• 10 years—18 U.S.C. § 922(j)—for possession of a stolen firearm.

• 10 years—18 U.S.C. § 922(i)—for shipment or transport of a stolen firearm across state lines.

• 10 years—18 U.S.C. § 924(b)—for shipping, transporting or receipt of a firearm across state lines with intent to commit a felony.

• 5 to 30 years consecutive mandatory minimum sentences—18 U.S.C. § 924(a)(1)(A)—for carrying, using, or possessing a firearm in connection with a federal crime of violence or drug trafficking.

• The death penalty or up to life imprisonment—18 U.S.C. § 924(j)—for committing murder while possessing a firearm in connection with a crime of violence or drug trafficking.

• 15 years mandatory minimum—18 U.S.C. § 924(e)—for a “prohibited person” who has three prior convictions for drug offenses or violent felonies.

• 10 years—18 U.S.C. § 924(g)—for interstate travel to acquire or transfer a firearm to commit crimes.
When it comes to the latest discussion on "assault rifles" and "limiting on the size of a magazine," the assault weapons are not military weapons and no one knows what the right sized magazine is.

Rifles of any type are used in 2.5% of the murders, murders are twice as likely to be committed with bare hands.

The latest gun debate and the failure of recent Democrat-sponsored legislation is a win for Americans, which cherish their Constitutional rights.