If I needed to rapidly identify the 2 most beloved
regulatory methods being promoted by Gun-control Nation, it will be: 1)
increasing FBI-NICS background checks to secondary gross sales; and a couple of) ‘crimson
flag’ legal guidelines. Effectively, possibly safe-storage legal guidelines are additionally up there close to the highest of the
record, in addition to permit-to-purchase (PTP) legal guidelines.
Taken collectively, the present narrative is that when you lived in a state
the place all these legal guidelines have been on the books, you’d be dwelling in a state which
wouldn’t endure from gun violence.
I occur to dwell in a state – Massachusetts – whose
gun-regulatory surroundings accommodates all these legal guidelines. And the Bay State has one other
gun-safety regulation, shared solely with California, particularly, that no new gun may be
bought within the state except it’s licensed as having a child-proof security design.
Oh sure, I forgot. You may’t even buy ammunition in Massachusetts except
you possess a sound gun license issued by the State Police.
Due to all these legal guidelines, Massachusetts is presently
ranked by Giffords and Brady because the ‘most secure’ state. It additionally has one of many lowest charges of gun
violence of all 50 states, in line with the CDC. As a result of
of its complete gun legal guidelines, Massachusetts is so shielded from gun violence
that even a state resident like David Hemenway, a foremost authority on gun violence, admits to feeling
The protected storage regulation deserves particular point out as a result of
Massachusetts is the solely state in which you’ll be charged with a
felony if any gun in your house will not be both locked away or outfitted with a
‘tamper-proof’ gadget, whether or not an harm with that gun happens or not. If the
cops come into your house and Grandpa’s previous shotgun is sitting over the
mantlepiece and not using a set off lock, you can spend a while at Harmony, and I
don’t imply Harmony as in Paul Revere’s trip. Harmony is the state pen.
The gun legal guidelines in Massachusetts are so strict that not
solely can’t you personal a gun with out first taking a security course, you then need to
be interviewed by the police who’ve discretion as as to if or to not grant
you a gun license even when your background verify comes up clear. You may’t even
stroll right into a gun store and put your palms on a gun with out first displaying your gun
license to the vendor earlier than he palms you a gun.
There’s just one little drawback with all these legal guidelines
which make Massachusetts so protected. The issue is that, by way of gun
violence, Massachusetts was simply as protected earlier than all these legal guidelines have been handed and
went into impact. Except the ‘crimson flag’ regulation, which Governor
Baker signed this 12 months, all the opposite gun laws – secondary background
checks, childproof design, PTP, ammunition buy necessities, protected
storage, have been on the books since 1999.
In fact the truth that Massachusetts is such a ‘protected’
state doesn’t essentially imply something to somebody who lives, for instance, in
the town of Springfield, which is the place I occur to dwell. Final 12 months,
Springfield recorded 14 gun homicides, giving the town a
gun-violence price of 11, nearly thrice the nationwide price and 5 instances
the general state price. My workplace is positioned 4 blocks away from the
intersection of Stebbins and Union Streets. This 12 months, two males have been shot
inside 50 ft of the nook. Isn’t it fantastic that every one the state’s gun legal guidelines
make David Hemenway, who lives in a elaborate suburb of Boston, really feel so ‘protected?’
I don’t know why Massachusetts, with all its gun legal guidelines,
has so little gun violence and neither does anybody else. I additionally don’t know why
some neighborhoods on this ‘protected’ state endure from extraordinarily-high ranges
of gun violence, and neither does anybody else.
However I do know this: each a type of shootings concerned
the usage of a gun. And there’s no regulation in Massachusetts or anyplace else which
does something to eliminate weapons.