[N.b. CCDC’s position on this issue is: “The constitution gives Americans the right to own guns for self-defense, but government has the duty to protect its citizens from those who are irresponsible in their handling of firearms, who are mentally unfit to own guns, who would buy weapons capable of mass killing, or who incite or carry out violence against others.”]
By Bill Rettew, Jr., Daily Local News, 10/4/17
WESTTOWN >> In response to the recent Las Vegas shooting deaths of 59, and injuries to more than 500 concertgoers, Gun Sense Chester County met at West Minister Presbyterian Church on Tuesday to discuss reducing gun violence.
Gun Sense Chairperson Ann Colby-Cummings told about three dozen group members and the public that the organization is not anti-gun or in favor of a complete ban on guns, but is nonpartisan, volunteer-driven and designed to reduce gun violence.
Colby-Cummings talked specifically about the recent shooting from a Las Vegas hotel room onto the large crowd below at a country music festival.
“Life kind of took a turn for all of us,” she said. “Some of us have stepped away from the news a little bit.
“This is always out there — somewhere else — but current events have shown us that this is not the case. These things are all around us.”
Colby-Cummings noted that two Chester County residents were killed by guns during the past week and five have died since June.
The group supports lobbying lawmakers and establishing a dialogue concerning “common ground of core uses and policies” between both gun and non-gun owners, Colby-Cummings said….
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by Tom Buglio, West Chester
America is reeling from a man-made disaster of unspeakable violence: the Las Vegas gun massacre.
How do we come to grips with a man who stockpiles more than 40 high powered guns with the intent of killing as many people as possible with a shower of automatic gun fire? 59 dead, 527 injured in 10 minutes of terror….how does something like this happen?
As far as we know, the shooter bought the guns legally. Some of the guns were automatic weapons, which fire like machine guns. Some of the weapons were semi-automatic rifles that were modified to shoot like a machine gun. Although heavily regulated and not manufactured since 1989, automatic weapons are legal, as are modifiers for semi-automatics to make them shoot like automatic weapons.
Why? How is it than any citizen needs to own firepower that is so dangerous in the wrong hands? This disturbed man was able to get off thousands of rounds in the space of 10 minutes. THERE IS NO JUSTIFICATION FOR MILITARY-STYLE WEAPONS TO BE LEGAL!
Australia suffered its worst mass shooting with a semi-automatic weapon at Port Arthur in 1997 with 37 killed. Within 3 months, Australia banned semi automatic rifles and paid the public to give up these dangerous weapons, destroying over 500,000 guns. Since then, there have been no mass shootings in Australia.
Will our country have the will needed to overcome the gun lobby and do what is necessary to do the same thing? We can’t even pass Universal Background Checks on all gun sales, including private sales, which even 80% of gun owners agree with. The gun lobby will say it is not the gun, it is the shooter. I say that our country does not have a monopoly on dangerous people. At the very least, we can ban the most dangerous of weapons, including confiscating automatics and banning semi-automatic rifles like the AR-15 and AK-47, along with their modifiers like bump stocks that make them fire like automatics.
Unless the vast majority of people in this country rise up and demand serious change to save lives, the next mass shooting is right around the corner.