Let's not demonize the wrong things or groups for tragedies

Posted 2/27/18

Does something need to change with regards to our current firearms situation? Yes, no doubt. But like everything in life, there is a right and wrong way of going about things.

The new bill proposed by Rep. Brawley starts out with the wrong …

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Let's not demonize the wrong things or groups for tragedies

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Does something need to change with regards to our current firearms situation? Yes, no doubt. But like everything in life, there is a right and wrong way of going about things.

The new bill proposed by Rep. Brawley starts out with the wrong premise. In the bill, she proposes to make illegal all weapons and parts of weapons that would make it an "assault weapon." First, every weapon is an assault weapon. But for their purposes, I take it to mean that the weapon looks big and scary. It is already illegal to own a truly automatic weapon. It is already illegal to convert one into full auto. Brawley wants to ban folding stocks. When did the stock of a weapon have anything to do with how someone fired it? The size of the round typically fired from a AR-15 (which doesn't even stand for assault weapon) is actually smaller than other hunting rifle rounds, such as the .308 or the .30-06.

We see this every time something happens. We always attack the wrong targets. The individual in Florida could have been prevented from carrying out his deadly shooting, if the agencies that could have done something had not dropped the ball. As we have seen, there were numerous opportunities for them to have done so, including the deputies that stayed outside.

In any case, Rep. Brawley's bill doesn't even address the most important issue, and that was the mental illness aspect of a background check, which she left out.

It is my sincere hope that we can come to some type of solution without demonizing the wrong things or the wrong groups.

STEVEN SCHUMPERT

Sumter