It’s time to toughen gun laws for some

AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin
AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

Nothing irks me more than when a person uses tragedy to make a political statement that supports their beliefs.

And as a person who wants government out of my life (and the lives of others), it may surprise you when I say we need to toughen up gun laws immediately.

You see, I closest identify myself as a libertarian — I support equal rights for all, but at the same time, I’d like to keep more of my paycheck and to see lawmakers stop making so many unnecessary constraints on my life. That doesn’t really make me a liberal or a conservative, but through my studies of political science in college, I learned that both sides have valuable ideas, and it’s better for me to weigh my leanings on a case-by-case basis.

But after the latest mass shooting in America, I think we really need to make it tougher for people to acquire firearms.

It’s common sense, really. I don’t think we need to go into people’s homes and take their guns away across the board. Most gun owners are far more responsible adults than I am. They have to be — they have guns in their homes.

When I started reading about Aaron Alexis, the troubled man who went on a rampage in the Washington Navy Yard, I was frustrated to learn he was the latest example of a troubled man who got access to a shotgun way too easily. He had been hearing voices for years and suffered from paranoia and other problems, according to an AP report.

That kind of a person should not have access to weapons. Yes, I understand he could have grabbed a knife and stabbed someone just as easily, but he would have been much easier to subdue with any other weapon, and he might have only maimed where he killed.

It’s time to come to grips with the problem that the mentally ill have too many chances to kill a lot of people when they finally snap.

Let’s make a few necessary laws to make our country safer.

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