Blood, Guns or Money: Which Do Americans Value Most? Pt 2

posted by Jael Ever @ 10:20 AM
January 16, 2013

    Only because of the Sandy Hook massacre have many weakness of federal and state gun laws become public. To remedy these glaring neglects, politicians and private organizations urgently need strongly voiced support from Americans.

Major weaknesses include the: 1) Six years in which Congress has blocked the appointment of a head for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF);  2) Looping holes avoiding background checks of criminal or mentally ill buyers in private exchanges or at gun shows; 3) Insufficiency of national data on gun purchases; and 4) Rampant illegal gun trafficking across states and venues.

The first three of these issues are undoubtedly included in upcoming recommendations.  However, gun trafficking may not be part of present plans.  A New York Times editorial, ‘The Bid to Stop Gun Trafficking,’ insists better gun control must include a crack-down on the easy exchange of guns:

“Notably missing is a concerted crackdown on illegal gun trafficking. . . final recommendations should include a measure to stem the illegal gun trade and make it easier for law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute gun traffickers and the straw buyers and rogue dealers who enable them.”  The editorial explains the ATF needs authority to impose penalties, and additional manpower to for inventory checks of gun dealers suspected of abetting gun trafficking.

Representative Elijah Cummings, Ranking Member of the Committee on Insight and Government Reform, defines gun trafficking as: “the transfer of a gun when an individual knows the gun will be transferred to a person who is prohibited by law from carrying a gun or to a person who intends to use the gun illegally.”

Mr. Cummings and Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney introduced in Congress the ‘Stop Gun Trafficking and Strengthen Law Enforcement Act.’  If passed, the legislation would criminalize such ‘straw purchases’ and “keep high-powered firearms out of the hands of dangerous criminals.”  New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is to introduce a similar bill in the Senate.

In ‘Scientists Urge End to Limits on Gun Safety,’ Reuters writes that the National Rifle Association prevents research by “more than a hundred scientists from virtually every major U.S. university” to propose solutions for gun violence.

These scientists write:  “While mortality rates from almost every major cause of death declined dramatically over the past half century, the homicide rate in America today is almost exactly the same as it was in 1950 . . . Politically-motivated constraints left the nation ‘muddling through’ a problem that costs American society on the order of $100 billion per year.”

Such obstructions have only led to abominably increasing death rates.  Bible prophecies promise:  “ . . . The LORD cometh out of His place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain (Isaiah 26: 21).”  Until He comes, honorable Americans must attack all sources of gun death rates or share in that punishment!

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