Now is time for gun re­form

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS | YOUR SAY - Sa­man­tha Wantling

THIS week we wit­nessed some­thing so un­be­liev­able that it be­longs in a Hol­ly­wood script with a hero emerg­ing at the end and sav­ing the day.

Un­for­tu­nately, there was no sav­ing the day when a lone gun­man took aim at a crowd of peo­ple en­joy­ing a con­cert in Las Ve­gas.

By now ev­ery­one has heard the news and asked the ques­tion why?

I don’t have the an­swers. What I do know is that af­ter hear­ing there were three Stan­thorpe ex-pats in Las Ve­gas that evening, and af­ter see­ing so many in­ter­na­tional names among the list of wounded, the is­sue of gun con­trol is much big­ger than the sec­ond amend­ment that many US cit­i­zens hold so dear.

So, what is this sec­ond amend­ment? The Amer­i­can con­sti­tu­tion states that “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”.

Well, I am go­ing to call it – what a load of rub­bish.

Maybe back in 1791, when there were no au­to­matic guns, this may have been ap­pli­ca­ble but in 2017, I don’t think so.

I am fully aware that the chances of Mr Trump see­ing my col­umn are non-ex­is­tent but for what it is worth, here I go.

Mr Trump, I do not stand by your state­ment that you will talk about gun con­trol laws as time goes on.

The time to talk about it is now. This tragedy is hor­rific and if you do not act now I fear that your congress will wa­ter down what­ever bill even­tu­ally gets passed or your National Ri­fle As­so­ci­a­tion will use its back pocket to fund some scare cam­paign.

I also do not stand by your sec­ond amend­ment, that it is the right of the peo­ple to keep and bear arms. What gives any­one (other than the mil­i­tary) the right to bear an au­to­matic ri­fle, let alone 42 dif­fer­ent firearms.

Th­ese au­to­matic guns are weapons of mass de­struc­tion and, as seen in Las Ve­gas, have taken home grown ter­ror­ism to a new and even more scary level.

Mr Trump, there is no bet­ter time than NOW to stand up and use your power on this is­sue.

You are not only deal­ing with the lives of your own cit­i­zens. This is some­thing that af­fects all those who travel to the coun­try that you call the great­est in the world.

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