Dear Sen. Blunt,
It’s me again, you know Aimee, a.k.a. the pain-in-your-ass. Anyway I’ve got another issue to bring up. I know – shocker. Just give me a second. I keep hearing from you that you are opposed to any gun legislation that would, in your words, prevent if “two guys living next door want to trade shotguns.” You and your pro-gun politicians also go on to say that background checks shouldn’t apply to private gun sales or if a family wants to hand down guns within the family.
The more I think about this the more I have a problem with it.
Please just keep reading.
The more I think about this one, the more the visual keeps popping up in my head of the 1950’s housewife coming over to borrow a cup of sugar. See, it’s not the 1950’s anymore. Unfortunately ,we rarely know much about our neighbors, let alone what their mental history is.
- Do you really know if your neighbor is paranoid schizophrenic?
- Do you know if your neighbor has ever been hospitalized for bi-polar disorder?
- Do you know if they have ever had a restraining order out for harassing someone?
- Do you know if your neighbor beats his wife?
You may be all cocky and think you know, but you really don’t know. This is something I know for sure.
I was doing google research this morning on Adam Lanza. Turns out nobody really knew if Adam Lanza was on any psychiatric meds. His neighbors certainly didn’t know. See nobody in his neighborhood really knew Adam Lanza.
If I came to your neighborhood and asked you about all of your neighbors and all of their mental health history, could you tell me? I certainly can’t tell you all of my neighbors names, let alone the status of their mental health. Do you really think it’s ok for me to be able to trade or borrow weapons that can kill people if I don’t know any of this vital information that could prevent another mass killing?
I think hiding behind this belief that it’s ok to keep background checks out of it if it’s between neighbors or family is a cop-out. A deadly cop-out. If we are serious about gun control, let’s include this as well. If you want a gun bad enough, go through a background check. That is the best way to keep our public safe and still uphold the right to bear arms.
Now we can all wish for the good old days when we did go next door to borrow a cup of sugar and our kids ran free all over the neighborhood, but unfortunately those days are gone.
Let’s continue to be serious about strengthening gun control laws – including background checks and apply it to all guns and all people. I know this is against what the NRA believes, but it’s time to stand up to the NRA.