Connecticut will now require background checks, placed a ban on high-capacity magazines and will now require eligibility certificates for shotgun and rifle ammunition. Those who have been convicted of weapons offense will also be asked to register with the state.
As the Senate is set to hear on universal gun laws in just a couple weeks, the Washington Post reported they are currently having a difficult time finding a plan for “near-universal background checks on gun purchases.”
Under the pretense that, “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” set by NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre at the time of the shooting, they revealed their school safety policy Tuesday asking state and local officials to allow armed security at public schools.
So, while it was reported that Adam Lanza fired 154 shots in roughly four minutes, the argument for a ban against high-capacity ammunition clips should be a done deal and close the book on any debate that more guns will solve the problem.
President Barack Obama is set to visit Colorado this week to stimulate the debate for a national plan, and seek something he hasn’t yet been able to find: national support for gun control.
Legislators need to acknowledge the facts of the devastation that can be caused with high-capacity ammunition clips and set a necessary call for universal background checks. The only slippery slope that applies, an argument often used by gun rights activists, is the slope towards safety from dangerous gun wielders. It should be made mandatory that all gun purchasers be mentally capable to responsibly care for and use a deadly weapon.