Moore just came out swinging against Republicans with a plan that should stop mass shootings for good.
On Sunday, Stephen Paddock shot and killed 59 people and injured over 520 in Las Vegas during a concert.
A year after the Pulse shooting, and less than five since the devastating Sandy Hook school shooting, the Las Vegas massacre has become the worst mass shooting in modern US history.
Paddock had an arsenal of weapons, including 47 in his hotel suite at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Among those guns were numerous high-powered rifles.
In the wake of the shooting, the GOP has criticized “politicizing” the massacre and says it is not the time to discuss gun legislation, which of course begs the question: will they ever think it’s time?
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Since Congress won’t talk about it, documentary filmmaker Michael Moore is.
Moore is calling for a repeal of the second amendment and a 28th in its place.
Instead of the right to bear arms, Moore’s proposed amendment would state that all people have the right to be free from gun violence.
Moore called for restrictions on gun ownership for the protection of the public, including a way to target possibly abusive male spouses.
Moore wrote that 90% of gun violence is committed by men, and therefore there should be restrictions on them specifically, namely getting spousal permission to purchase a firearm. Moore proposed that men get permission from their wife and ex-wife, or female partner, or male partner to combat abusive husbands and ex-husbands and the violence that could ensue.
Before the GOP claims that he did, Moore did not call for a ban on firearms or personal ownership.
Under his proposal, states could still have armed national guards, and people could still buy guns for hunting and other sport; he just wants to keep guns out of the hands of those who would use them to hurt others. What a concept.
According to the Hill, Moore has specific guidelines in mind.
“Moore listed eight proposed restrictions on gun ownership, including banning all automatic and semi-automatic guns, mandating licenses for gun ownership, limiting guns and clips to hold no more than six bullets and requiring triggers to recognize the fingerprint of the gun owner.”
Moore’s own summary of his reasoning for the proposal is simple, and yet it comes off as groundbreaking compared to approaches in Congress.
“The public’s safety comes ahead of an individual’s right to own and fire a gun,” Moore wrote.
Moore wants to get on board with other advanced countries, like Japan, which requires those who wish to own a gun to take an all-day class, pass a test, and renew their license often. We can work on ways to minimize gun violence and the rocking effects it can have on victims and their families.
There will always be terrible monsters that are out to hurt others, but we as a country can do our absolute best to keep guns out of monsters’ hands?
H/T: The Hill