In response to the question Rob Heubeck posed in the headline to his article, “As Another Shooting Tragedy Occurs, Are We Growing Numb?”, put me down for a “Maybe not.” I have my anecdotal experience — namely that the number of rants I see on Facebook calling for overhauls of our country’s mental health services and gun access laws is much greater than what I saw in the aftermath of the Aurora shooting or either Wisconsin shooting. Not to mention the White House released a statement yesterday promising to address gun control in the coming weeks.
And Maryland is seizing the moment as well. By some measures, we already have rather strict gun-access laws; gun owners must be at least 21 years old, endure a waiting period, and submit to a background check. And there are a number of disqualifying factors. Still, “45 different types of semi-automatic weapons” are legal, including the Bushmaster rifle used in the Sandy Hook shooting. And several lawmakers are intending to introduce tighter gun-control measures in the 2013 legislative session, including banning all assault weapons and making background checks more thorough.
New gun-control legislation was introduced in 2010 only to die in committee. But I have a feeling there may be a better chance this year — partly because cliches like the one used by Del. Michael D. Smigiel (“People will try to politicize this and pass anti-Second Amendment legislation that will further create problems for the innocent and the law abiding.”) are starting to sound more and more like the wah-wah-wah of Charlie Brown’s parents.
That said, let’s hope that both sides in the gun debate appeal to a reasoned analysis of facts and figures, as opposed to simple emotional equations.
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