Submitted by John Blankley in response to the Orlando and UK Shootings, June 16, 2o16
The news of the massacre in Florida last weekend and the news today from the UK makes me even more determined to ensure that we enact even stronger gun safety laws.
I did not know Jo Cox, the MP killed today in the UK in an act of senseless violence but I feel compelled to comment because she was the MP for the district where I grew up in the North of England. It is sad but true that even the strictest laws, which the UK has, will not ultimately stop a determined assassin.
Nevertheless we must make every effort to quell gun violence as an expression of political and religious hatred. I will add my voice to the efforts of our Congressional delegation, especially those of Senator Murphy, to pass sensible gun safety laws. We need to have universal compulsory background checks for the purchase of guns in any venue, gun store or gun fair and we need to prevent anyone on a terror suspect list from obtaining weapons.
Beyond that I will advocate for the banning of assault weapons, ‘cop-killer’ bullets and high capacity magazines. I do not believe that the second amendment envisioned a citizenry armed to the teeth with powerful weapons that should be available only to the military.