Making laws should be a more precise, analytic, and professional process. Americans can't afford sloppiness in the current system that is to slow and unresponsive and that produces laws that are costly to implement and maintain. If the process is poor, the legislative products will be deficient.
In the instance of gun control, America has systemic issues beginning with the Right to Bear Arms. That Constitutional "right" needs to be reexamined in light of modern circumstances and realities. When America was a backwoods nation and people had to provide their own law enforcement and where militias were relied upon to provide for the common defense, it made sense.
Today, civilized society have created local and state law enforcement as a replacement for personal handguns. Depending upon the demographics and locations, handguns may or may not be appropriate and that is why we have local laws and regulations to determine the needs.
Under no circumstances should Americans be arming themselves with military-style weapons and with ammo clips designed for the battlefield. That is common sense in a nation where Congress seems to be lacking that.
"Senate to take up gun control after break
By Paul Kane, Published: March 21
Gun control will be the first order of business in the Senate when lawmakers return in April from their two-week holiday break.
Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) formally moved a package of gun-related bills onto the legislative calendar Thursday night, setting up the most serious debate on gun control in Congress in more than a decade.
(Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images) - Demonstrators attend a rally and march Thursday to support federal and state gun control proposals in the Harlem district of New York City. Gun control advocates, including Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense founder Shannon Watts, health care professionals, labor officials and others took part in the protest.
While Sen. Rob Portman's embrace of gay marriage has been accepted by his party, most Republicans in Congress (and some vulnerable Democrats) will not join him any time soon.
While it will not include a ban on assault weapons — Reid said Tuesday that proposal has less than 40 Senate votes behind it — the package will include provisions for a universal background check system, stricter federal criminal laws for gun trafficking and provisions to improve school safety."