NYTimes coming up new categories of people who should be barred from Second Amendment [Darleen Click]
But a focus on mass murder, while critical, does not get at the broader issue of gun violence, including the hundreds of single-victim murders, suicides, nonfatal shootings and other gun crimes that occur daily in the United States. And focusing on the mentally ill, most of whom are not violent, overlooks people who are at demonstrably increased risk of committing violent crimes but are not barred by federal law from buying and having guns.
These would include people who have been convicted of violent misdemeanors including assaults, and those who are alcohol abusers. Unless guns are also kept from these high-risk people, preventable gun violence will continue. […]
President Obama has instructed the Justice Department to review the federal prohibitions on gun ownership and to make legislative and executive recommendations “to ensure dangerous people aren’t slipping through the cracks.” The answers are already out there.
One of the main things I object to, in this rush to find all sorts of people “unqualified” to own a firearm, is the mercenary use of suicide to inflate statistics of “gun violence.”
Certainly, suicide is tragic and in its wake it leaves devastated family and friends; however it doesn’t belong in any discussion about violence directed towards others.