Every newspaper we read and every newscast we watch has at least one article or segment on the current status of proposed “gun control legislation.” This phrase is somewhat misleading, since all such legislation only controls law-abiding citizens and does absolutely nothing to control guns or mis use of guns by criminals. After all, criminals, by definition, don’t obey our laws.
It is well known that any criminal can get a handgun within a half-hour of being released from prison. He certainly doesn’t fill out any background check forms, nor does he have to wait 10 days for possession of his gun. Chicago has the strictest handgun laws in the country, but last year more than 450 people were killed by handguns in that city.
It is time that our lawmakers make the penalty for illegal use of a gun in the commission of a crime severe enough to deter people from doing it. A nonnegotiable penalty of perhaps 15 years mandatory would suffice. I realize that current thinking is that prisons are to rehabilitate people, but isn’t it time that we punish them? After all, isn’t the goal of firearms legislation to reduce crime, or is it to disarm the people?