US gun laws under scrutiny after massacre
The World Today - Tuesday, 17 April , 2007 12:18:00
Reporter: Emma Alberici
EMMA ALBERICI: As is always the case after such a tragedy in America, many people are today pointing their fingers at the country's lax gun laws.
Generally, those laws are grounded in the United States' Constitution, which gives its population the right to bear arms.
Laws vary among the 52 states. In southern states like Virginia, the scene of today's shooting rampage, getting your hands on a deadly weapon is relatively easy.
In that state, no license or training is required to buy a handgun and those wanting to purchase a gun can avoid background checks by shopping at gun shows.
New Yorkers Against Gun Violence is a group formed to promote more sensible gun policies throughout the United States. Indeed, New York has some of the country's strictest gun laws
Jackie Kuhls is the group's Executive Director and she spoke to me a short time ago from New York.
JACKIE KUHLS: It's very easy, sadly, to buy a gun in Virginia and in most states in the United States. Guns of any type are easily available and background checks are often skirted by folks being able to buy from non-licensed dealers.
Well...It is also sad that the regulations on Tasers are about the same as gun regulations, so those that would like one for self protection will have to check into it as it, like the gun laws varies from state to state. Also tasers are illegal in many places in the world.
A taser only has a range of 15 feet and costs about the same as a 44 magnum gun. To use it for protection where anyone might have a gun, would certainly be a losing proposition.
Charlton Heston will not like what I have to say, but I don't like what he had to say either. Referring to his guns he said "You will have to pry them from my dead dead hands". It's ok with me if he wants to die that way, but he like anybody else who wants to own or carry a gun should be required to answer for the responsibilities for doing so. Charlton was diagnosed with Alsheimers disease in 1998 and is now 83 years old. I wish him well in all things, but I stand in disagreement with the NRA. I don't know if he now carries a gun, but it would be sad if he shot someone who he didn't remember.
Personally: I'm asking for the registration for all fire arms and a licence to own or carry one. Is this too much to ask? After all, it is necessary to get a licence to hunt, fish, own a bicycle, drive any kind of vehicle, or here in Oregon...to go for a walk in the National Forest. Just my opinion...G:
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