Of course I believe I need more gun control! I've not been out to the range for quite a while. As with any skill, gun control can deteriorate if not practiced regularly. Oh -- that's not the kind of gun control you were asking about? Sorry, my bad.
Any time the government proposes to restrict an individual right, it needs to provide an extraordinary justification. So it is with "gun control." The Second Amendment clearly establishes an individual right to own and use firearms, notwithstanding some legal "scholar's" attempt to say the amendment only applies to the National Guard. Some restrictions on that right are appropriate, including those that preclude felons and mentally unstable individuals from owning firearms, as well as those that restrict the irresponsible use of firearms. But an arbitrary ban on scary black rifles ("assault guns") for example, is an unthinking, knee-jerk response that has no justification other than pandering to emotions.
The focus needs to stay on punishing those who abuse the right rather than pre-emptively restricting the rights of the vast majority of people who lawfully own and use firearms.
Gun control advocates have been very up front about their desire to severely restrict, if not entirely eliminate private ownership of firearms. Realizing that an outright ban is likely too heavy a lift, they propose less sweeping, "reasonable" restrictions. However their ultimate goal remains unchanged and their "camel's nose under the tent" approach is simply a tactic to achieve that goal.
Never miss a local story.
We don't need additional gun control laws; we need to enforce the laws already on the books.
-- David Shuford, Richland