Clearly, there is a path forward, and it is at the state and local
level—not the federal level. The Trump administration’s recent decision to
reclassify bump stops as a machine gun allowing federal authorities to ban it
is a tiny step forward, but it too little too late for people at the Las Vegas
You, the reader, can make a difference by joining the growing
number of voices of concerned Americans demanding some measures to curb the
slaughter. It will take thought; imagination, patience, and determination make
our lives safer.
More and more, people are finding ways to keep firearms out of public
venues. Moms Demand Action have taken
the gun issue to large retailors and are asking large retailors to prohibit
customers from carrying guns into their locations. The threat of a boycott gets
businesses attention. Moms Demand Action
has been successful with Starbucks, Target, Chipotle, Jack in the Box, and
Sonic Drive-In, just to mention a few.
Curbing gun violence has made progress, albeit it is slow—almost
all of it at the state and local levels. Here is an example; Washington State
passed Initiative 594 by a wide margin. The measure requires criminal
background checks on all firearms sales and transfers in the state including at
gun shows and on the Internet.
Initiative 594 does not undercut one aspect of the Second
Amendment; it should be adopted in all 50 state. If 594 had been in place in
2007 in Virginia, Seung-Hui Cho almost certainly would not have been able to
buy a gun and slaughter 32 people and wound 17 others at Virginia Tech. (To be