Little Greggy, Thanks for the Gun Laws in Texas!

May 24, 2022: Fourteen students and a teacher are dead after a shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. The shooter reportedly was an 18 year-old Uvalde HS student.

How many more of these incidents must we have before there is a change in our gun laws? Something has to change.

Stop before you start screaming Second Amendment. Let’s first review what it actually says.

  • Second Amendment
    – A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed
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The Second Amendment doesn’t prohibit states from conducting background checks before a law abiding citizen is allowed to purchase a gun. It will just slow the process so that we minimize the number of criminals and and mentally unstable with guns. I don’t see any militias being formed. I also

I remember a time while I was growing up that in order for a minor to get a hunting license in the State of Kansas you had to pass a “Hunter Safety Course”. They taught basic gun safety, not just gun safety for hunting. The course came with a test that must be passed before s minor was allowed to obtain a hunting license.

During the 2021 Legislative session, the Texas Legislature passed a law allowing for the open carry of guns. When the law was passes it overrode the previous law requiring a concealed handgun training course before a person was allowed to carry an concealed handgun. This new gun law has not made it safer but much more dangerous.

It is time for the following:

  1. New leadership (using the term very loosely) in Austin. The current Governor and Lt. Gov are not equipped to lead this state in a safer direction.
  2. Repeal the open carry law.
  3. Pass a law requiring a training course for first time gun buyers and a refresher course every 2 years.
  4. There must be a 14 or 21 day waiting period before the purchase of any time of firearm. Many firearms are bought in a moment of emotion and passion. A waiting period will allow cooler heads to prevail
  5. Ban the sale of all guns at gun shows. You can look, but you can’t buy.
  6. If a minor commits an offense with their parents gun, then not only will he minor be charged but his parents will charged also.
  7. Raise the taxes on firearms and ammo. Make it harder to purchase.

It’s time for change. Let’s make it happen now.

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