Here Is an Example of Gun Control Done in the US Today and Practiced for Decades. Surprise– It Works!
by Elliot Fineman
CEO National Gun Victims Action Council
November 22, 2015
There have not been any machine gun incidents in decades. How come? 100,000 are owned and they can be sold or transferred to those that want them.
A machine gun differs from a semi-automatic assault weapon in that one pull of the trigger rapidly fires a torrent of bullets whereas a semi-automatic assault weapon fires one bullet for each trigger pull. Yet—as we tragically know—they can fire 50 to 100 bullets per minute.
As per the National Firearms Act of 1934—and subsequent laws including the Gun Control Act of 1968 and the Firearm Owners’ Protection Act of 1986— every machine gun is registered—and every current machine gun owner or would-be purchaser or relative the machine gun owner might want to transfer the machine gun to— including his children—must go through a full (total) background check.
This includes having to submit fingerprints and a photograph which is kept on file, a criminal record check, examination of local records, interviews with local law enforcement, a character evaluation including neighborhood acquaintance interviews, work place interviews and personal interviews.
I have referred to this type of background check as a “REAL Background Check” in my posting The False Promise of Universal Background Checks.
Twice a year a machine gun shoot takes place at a secluded range in the Arizona high desert. The Big Sandy Shoot is billed as the largest in the United States. It has an unusually wide firing range that stretches for a quarter-mile; about 200 machine gunners can fire their weapons simultaneously at exploding targets and drones. During the three-day event, about 3 million rounds of ammunition are expended.
In a September 7, 2013 Slate article “Big Sandy Machine Gun Shoot: Arizona’s Gun Lovers and Gun Control” by Terry Greene Sterling she says;
“The Big Sandy Shoot attracts hundreds of people who chafe at gun control yet seem inordinately proud that they have passed background checks that allow them to own machine guns. They’re mostly old white guys, and they’re mostly Republicans, and they hate to admit they’re Exhibit A for the efficacy of gun control” [what I call sane gun laws].
This type of Universal REAL background check is what we need to confront and halt the horrific gun violence epidemic we have been forced to live under.
As per my posting Nov 8, 2015 — THE FAIRY TALE OF A CONGRESSIONAL SOLUTION TO THE GUN VIOLENCE EPIDEMIC AND WHY THE ONLY WAY TO HALT IS BY OBAMA DECLARING A STATE OF EMERGENCY— this is not ever going to happen at the congressional level. Nor can it happen with President Obama issuing executive orders absent declaring a National State of Emergency due to the gun violence epidemic.
I will discuss the limits of executive orders absent a a National State of Emergency in my next update. Until then, I wish all a Happy Thanksgiving shared with their loved ones.
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