While Congressional Republicans blather on about the rights of gun owners and promise to obstruct any efforts at gun control, states are beginning to look at the issue. New York just tightened their gun laws, which were some of the nation’s most stringent to begin with. Delaware is following close behind, with Gov. Markell proposing a very simple but definitive program to tighten his state’s gun laws:
No guns within 1,000 feet of a school.
Background checks for all guns (closing loopholes whereby one can buy arms from privatize citizens).
Mandatory for gun owners to report lost or stolen guns.
Ban large magazines: 10 bullet max for handguns, five bullet max for rifles.
Ban assault weapons.
Sometimes, it doesn’t take large and complicated ideas to effect meaningful change. Just think of how much safe this country would be if every state took similar steps; it wouldn’t even really matter what Congress does or doesn’t do.
I harbor no illusions that this sort of plan will take hold in all 50 states, but every journey begins with a single step. I salute Gov. Markell for taking one of the first steps in the journey to make America a safer place.