... in his polemic for the NRA

The Dallas Morning News - - Nation&world -

Jay Caruso’s first mis­taken as­sump­tion is that only Democrats are ad­vo­cat­ing for stricter gun con­trol. To the con­trary, even be­fore the Ve­gas tragedy, a large ma­jor­ity of Amer­i­cans fa­vored stronger gun con­trol in sev­eral ar­eas, in­clud­ing gun own­ers.

Caruso asks for al­ter­na­tive reme­dies. It wouldn’t take much time or ef­fort on his or the DMN’S part to find them if you were se­ri­ously in­ter­ested. Uni­ver­sal back­ground checks at gun shows, which most Amer­i­cans fa­vor, is one — which the Re­pub­li­can Con­gress and the NRA have op­posed.

An­other is ban­ning peo­ple on the FBI’S ter­ror­ist watch list from buy­ing guns. There may be some civil lib­er­ties in­fringed in such a ban, but the Supreme Court has re­peat­edly ruled that con­sti­tu­tional rights may be rea­son­ably re­stricted if there is a com­pelling pub­lic pur­pose.

An­other is an out­right ban on the sale of semi-au­to­matic as­sault ri­fles and high-ca­pac­ity mag­a­zines, which we had from 1994-2004, and Democrats pro­posed in 2015 but Repub­li­cans op­posed. Th­ese are weapons of war, pri­mar­ily de­signed to kill peo­ple, and shouldn’t be al­lowed.

Caruso’s col­umn is a polemic for the NRA. Jim Bar­ber, Dal­las/up­town

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.