Next time there's a mass shooting, don't jump to blame the National Rifle Association and lax gun laws. Look first at the shooter and the mental health services he did or didn't get, and the commitment laws in the state where the shooting took place.
|Firearms are not the problem, the system is|
The shooter at the Navy yard had mental issues and had even been fired from his job there - yet he gained access to the facility and was able to purchase a firearm despite past aggressive behavior in terms of arrests and social actions. If there is going to be gun control, it should be focused upon people who should not own or have or be able to obtain firearms - that is why the background check system was established. Yet, the system is not operating properly because it is not tied into the mental health system and psychiatrists and mental health personnel are not doing their part to ensure that unstable and/or violent/aggressive individuals are not red-flagged through the NICS/ATF background check system.
The only fear of firearm owners is that if medical personnel are not monitored, they can, if they are personally against anyone owning firearms, to use the system to put a red flag on someone to be on the "no firearms" NICS list. Something must be done, however, but there should be a fail safe manner so the aforementioned would not likely happen; as well as include a competent and efficient appeal system. Rights to appeal is also a constitutional liberty.
Gun control should NOT affect lawful citizens and laws should not repress lawful citizens. The background system can work and has worked to a degree without the government establishing a firearm registration system like which Senator Harry Reid is pushing for.
The NRA promotes responsible firearm ownership and use, as well as sponsoring safety programs in handling firearms whether it is at the range, hunting in the fields, home defense or concealed carry.
It is a travesty that the progressive democrat-socialists are so tuned in to countering and eliminating the Second Amendment. It is also unconstitutional for any state of the Union to deny Second Amendment rights to lawful American citizens living in that particular state who have not been convicted of a crime or have or had mental health issues.
The finger pointing of blame is pointed in the wrong direction. As Ronald Reagan put it:
Government IS the problem.
More specifically - those that operate OUR government - and then the ultimate responsibility is upon the voters.