A More Realistic and Sensible Approach to Gun Violence

It is clear that if it were up to the liberals, all firearms, not just semi-automatic rifles (“assault weapons”), would be banned.

They don’t get America on many other issues, and they certainly do not get it on this one.

This does not mean that we don’t have to work diligently to prevent massacres such as the ones in Sandy Hooks, San Bernardino, Club Pulse in Orlando, Las Vegas, and most recently El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.

For starters, we need Universal Background checks to close loopholes in gun sales, that allow individual person-to-person sales in states like Florida without going through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

Everyone who purchases a firearm, whether from a licensed gun store or from an individual anywhere (such as Gun Shows), should be checked by the system.

Next, the National Criminal Registry or Database, which provides the information the FBI uses to approve or deny a sale to an individual, needs to be kept up to date at all times, so that real-time verification of crime record be accessible to all relevant law-enforcement authorities (including but not limited to the FBI) across the nation.

It is imperative that parents and friends be prepared to alert school counselors and law enforcement about social media postings, behavior, or mental health issues that indicate that an individual is prone to or about to commit an act of violence.

Some, if not all, of the mass killings I mentioned in the foregoing, might have been prevented if friends or family had reported to the authorities troubling social media posts or mental health issues in their friends or family relations that indicated they were about to go off the deep end.

Last, we need Intervention Centers in all of our high schools so that mental health counselors can help troubled students before they become another Adam Lanza, Nicholas Cruz, or Patrick Crusius.

The earlier we identify and deal with signs of trouble in our children, the better we will be at preventing an unspeakable tragedy.


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