Enough is enough!
The death rates from gun violence in the U.S. is unparalleled and unpardonable. It is a national disgrace. Americans are 10 times more likely to be killed by guns than people in other developed countries, and among 22 other high income countries, the U.S. gun-related death rate is 25 times higher than average.
Our annual gun-homicides rate are twice the number of servicemen killed in Iraq, and if measured against 10 years of Vietnam, 10 years at the current rate would be twice as many the number of US servicemen who died in Vietnam!
The annual number of U.S. gun-related suicides is twice that of gun-related homicides.
As a public health official said, guns are killing us, not protecting us. Therefore, we need some common sense laws to protect us from this evil death threat that differentiates us from all other countries.
- An immediate moratorium of the manufacture and sale of any automatic or semi-automatic fire-arm capable of carrying a magazine of nine or more rounds. This would be a presidential executive order. The moratorium would last until appropriated legislation would ban the sale or use of such weapons in the U.S. High fines and jail terms should be levied against violators.
- No fire arm of any kind can be sold without a background check no matter how long such a check may take. This includes all sales, public or private, on- or off-line. High fines and jail terms await violators.
- All gun sales, public or private, must be registered by state motor vehicle departments and gun owners must pass the equivalent of a “driving” test in order to be licensed to own a firearm.
- The 2004 ban on research into gun violence must be revoked, and gun violence should be classified as a public health issue.
- Ban interstate gun trafficking in the U.S. Impose stiff penalties on anyone who buys a gun to deliver to a third party. Ban gun sales to domestic violence offenders.
- Ban firearms from all public, educational and corporate places including stores and restaurants.
- Ban types of ammunition meant to be more lethal, and limit magazine rounds to a maximum of nine.
- A constitutional amendment should limit the right to own firearms to those who are properly licensed to own weapons with magazines of nine rounds or less. Except for law enforcement officers, carrying handguns openly or concealed is a federal crime.