... in his polemic for the NRA
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