Sensible Gun Ownership
(June 17, 2016 – Washington, D.C.) NCNW expresses its sympathy for those who lives were savagely taken at the Pulse nightclub and we are heartbroken for the loved ones of the victims Orlando terror attack.
The National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) agrees with efforts to prevent terrorism suspects from acquiring guns or explosives. There is no reason to permit a person with sufficient ties to terrorism that they are included on a no-fly list to obtain a weapon.
NCNW also agrees that it is time to close the gun show/Internet loophole. Gun purchasers should undergo background checks no matter where the purchase is made. There is no rational distinction to be made between guns sold online, in a brick-and-mortar store or at a temporary gun show. If anything, it makes even more sense to conduct a background check in sales settings where the buyers and sellers are even more anonymous than they are at the typical retail store. That includes purchases made at gun shows and Internet websites.We would go further. Permitting a gun purchaser to obtain a weapon if the background check cannot be completed in three days makes no sense, either. Dylan Roof might have been stopped from slaying nine Bible study students in Charleston had he been denied a gun as a result of the crimes that a completed background check would have revealed.
WASHINGTON — Mexican President Felipe Calderon in April, 2012 pushed for a revival of a ban on assault weapons in the U.S., arguing that the ban's expiration has led to the spread of guns across the border and a spike in violence in Mexico.
"The expiring of the assault weapons ban in the year 2004 coincided almost exactly with the beginning of the harshest - the harshest - period of violence we've ever seen," Calderon said, through an interpreter, at a White House news conference on Monday.
Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2012/04/02/143918/mexican-president-calderon-calls.html#storylink=cpy
There is a clear connection between ever-expanding rights for gun owners/enthusiasts and violence in the U.S. and in Mexico. The tension between the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms and gun violence is palpable. Our refusal to acknowledge the connection is the elephant in the room. Neither President Clinton, nor President Obama have exercised leadership - apparently discerning that the wrath of the NRA is too great a price to pay. America is a gun-loving country.
Back in 2009, Attorney General Holder indicated that the administration would seek to revive the assault weapons ban, but no action has been taken toward that goal. Meanwhile, 9 people were shot to death in Chicago this week and over the past two decades we have lost more African American men to gun violence than all American deaths in Viet Nam. When will we see that enough is enough?