Regardless of how one feels about gun control and the right to bear arms, it’s pretty obvious that something must be done to keep guns out of the hands of criminals. We have experienced so many acts of senseless violence – resulting in deaths where guns were involved — that it has become almost a daily event on the nightly news. There are efforts underway by a number of groups that are designed to curb the violence that is widespread in the U.S. these days. As the result of the work of one of these groups, it appears that Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest seller of firearms, will now toughen its rules for gun sales. Many believe this is long overdue. Changes to come at about 1,100 Wal-Mart stores selling guns include:
The action by Wal-Mart was brought about by a group of mayors – headed by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg – who have been working hard to keep guns out of the hands of criminals. The group, which is being funded largely by Mayor Bloomberg’s personal fortune, is trying to gather support in Congress to:
I fully realize that the NRA has members of Congress afraid to do anything that would make them look weak on the “gun issue.” Nevertheless, it’s obvious something must be done. Hopefully, others will follow these mayors and Wal-Mart in their efforts to protect the American people in their homes, at schools and in workplaces. No politician should play “political games” on this important issue. We can have reasonable gun control and still protect the constitutional right to own a gun. I say this, having had a personal history of gun ownership and hunting. While I have been critical of Wal-Mart on other issues, I commend them for having the courage to take a positive step toward curbing violence in this country.
Source: USA Today and Associated Press
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