“If there’s one policy that would be really good to have, it would be licensing of all gun owners and requiring universal background checks to get a license. We do that in Massachusetts, and that’s part of the reason we do so well in Massachusetts — not relative to the world, but relative to other states…”
Guns don’t kill people. Gun owners, the gun industry, and politicians do.
“Maine does not require permits to carry concealed guns, nor does it mandate background checks for private gun sales. Since Wednesday night’s shootings, some elected officials in the state have voiced new support for certain gun restrictions.
“At G3 Firearms in Turner, where rifles adorn the walls and a paper shooting target depicting Osama bin Laden as a zombie hangs on a closet door, sales had quadrupled since the killings, according to store owner Gage Jordan…
“Every third purchase, he said, was an AR-15, the gun that has become well-known for its popularity among mass shooters, ease of use and devastating capabilities. G3 Firearms sold out its stock on Friday.”
Below is what we posted after President Trump rationalized four years ago that reducing gun violence meant reducing the number of seriously mentally ill Americans and/or their access to guns. (BTW, as evidenced by the recent Maine killings, even a “well organized militia” – the US Army Reserve – has trouble accomplishing that.)