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Would More Gun Control Have Prevented What Happened in KC?



              So, because I’m something of a gun nut myself and have published nearly 2,000 columns about guns on my gun blog, the first thing I did this morning was to click on Google News and read the lead story out of Kansas City which ‘explained’ the Super Bowl shooting as an event which reflects Missouri’s ‘weak’ gun laws.

              Here’s the explanation in full:

            “Missouri’s gun laws are considered some of the laxest in the country, with the Giffords Law Center calling them “appallingly weak.”

              No background check is required to purchase a firearm, nor is a permit for concealed carry. There is no ban on assault weapons.

              There are also no restrictions on gun ownership for people who have been convicted of violent crimes, and firearms are not required to be locked up to prevent children from accessing them.

              In 2021, Missouri enacted a law called the “Second Amendment Preservation Act,” which made federal gun regulations illegal statewide, and prohibited law enforcement from enforcing any federal laws that “infringe on the people’s right to keep and bear arms.”

              A federal judge later struck it down, having ruled the state law unconstitutional, and the Supreme Court upheld the decision.”

              Now, let’s take this piece of ‘news’ one by one, okay?

              No background check is required to purchase a firearm, nor is a permit for concealed carry. There is no ban on assault weapons. Every purchase of a gun from a dealer in Missouri requires a background check conducted by the FBI.

              There are also no restrictions on gun ownership for people who have been convicted of violent crimes, and firearms are not required to be locked up to prevent children from accessing them. Nobody can pass a background check who has been convicted of a violent crime.

              That’s enough. Evidently, the author of this story has never heard of the federal law passed in 1993 and fully implemented in 1998 which requires that anyone who buys a gun from a gun dealer in all 50 states must first pass a background check.

              This law must even be followed in a wide-open, gun-loving state like Missouri where the two juveniles being held for yesterday’s shooting could not have had legal access to their guns.

              Now granted, Missouri is typical of many states which don’t want to spend any money on supplementing federal gun laws with state laws because when a state is politically controlled by the GOP, laws which require spending any public monies on just about anything don’t usually see the light of day.

              But in fact, Kansas City does have a local ordinance which prohibits kids from getting their hands on guns or ammunition without parental consent, and the reason that Missouri has a higher-than-average rate of gun violence is not because of the so-called ‘lax’ gun laws throughout the state, but because of gun violence in St. Louis, which happens to be at the opposite end of the state from Kansas City.

              St. Louis is not only where about half of all gun homicides occur every year in Missouri (the city has 5% of the state’s total population) but after a dramatic decrease in shootings within the city during the Pandemic, last year the city’s Mayor referred to shootings as a “plague.” And there has yet to be any kind of explanation offered by anyone as to why gun deaths and shootings declined during the Pandemic and then jumped back up.

              Incidentally, St. Louis has a program called ‘lock it for love,’ which provides city residents with gun locks at every fire station in the town. Fat lot of good that one does, right?

              The story which I referenced at the top of this column is typical of the kind of disinformation which floats around the digital universe but shapes how people think and what they believe. But this lack of reality is particularly frequent when the issue in question happens to be anything having to do with guns.

             

             

             

 

 

 

 

 

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