It seems useless to write about gun control or legislation in the face of the recent shootings in Oregon. My gut reaction, despite being a gun owner, is to side with those demanding tighter gun control and stricter regulation, I still believe that, but this also gives pause for us all to attempt to understand both sides of the argument, pros and cons. The vast majority of the public is probably thinks of gun control on either side of the pendulum, as an NRA Right-Wing Constitutionally guaranteed “pry it from my cold dead fingers” type, or a “no guns, anywhere, at all ever”, however somewhere between that lies a reasonable middle ground that hopefully we might be able to live with, our current gun laws and regulations clearly are not doing what they should. An article in the New York Times the other day, Gun Safety Group Sees Room To Reinforce Existing Laws, gave light to an organization Everytown For Gun Safety, that appears at first glance to being trying to build that middle ground, their “About” from their website:
Everytown is a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities. Gun violence touches every town in America. For too long, change has been thwarted by the Washington gun lobby and by leaders who refuse to take common-sense steps that will save lives.
I’m willing to give Everytown the benefit of the doubt in their efforts if for no other reason than they seem to be an alternative to the NRA:
Over the last four decades, the leaders of the National Rifle Association have steered the organization away from advocating on behalf of sportsmen and hunters towards lobbying for the most extreme policies and opposing virtually all gun violence prevention legislation. In recent years, that’s meant working tirelessly to prevent the passage of common-sense laws that would do more to keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people.