The Washington Post reported yesterday that the Obama administration is considering new gun-control measures as a result of the recent Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre in Newtown, Connecticut. The ideas getting kicked around include:
- Universal background checks for all firearm purchases, not just for handguns.
- Track the movement and sale of guns through a national database.
- Strengthen mental health checks.
- Stiffen penalties for carrying guns near schools or giving guns to minors.
I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, but I don’t see how any of these measures would have prevented Sandy Hook.
Sandy Hook happened because Nancy Lanza, mother of Adam Lanza, evidently thought it was a good idea to keep firearms, including a military-style Bushmaster .223 M4 carbine, in the home with a son who reportedly had mental issues, whatever that means. If Nancy Lanza hadn’t done that, the people her son murdered, including 20 children, would still be alive today.
Nancy Lanza did something really stupid. I don’t see how you regulate people from doing stupid things. Until you can do that, the next best thing would be to reinstate the ban on military assault rifles and high-capacity ammunition magazines. I don’t understand why anyone who isn’t in the military needs a military assault rifle. If Nancy Lanza was alive, we could ask her why she needed that type of hardware in her home, evidently, unsecured.
We can’t ask her because she’s dead.