The Star-Telegram published a wonderful opinion piece by the mayor of Hurst Texas, Richard Ward, who happens to be a gun owner, a supporter of 2nd Amendment rights and a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
I fully support the rights of law-abiding citizens under the Second Amendment. What I don’t support is criminals getting their hands on guns. The coalition is for enforcing existing gun laws, increasing penalties for gun criminals and closing gaps in the gun background check system.
We are for providing police officers with access to the data they need to prevent the flow of illegal guns into our communities. None of these efforts have posed any threat to the rights of law-abiding gun owners.
There is nothing "anti-gun" about this agenda. The only people who should be worried about the coalition are the criminals.
Mayor Ward mentioned that he doesn't like the bullying tactics of the NRA. Who would? Like Mayor Chris Louras of Rutland Vermont, Richard Ward finds no inconsistency with being a gun owner who favors common-sense laws which seek to keep guns in the right hands.
I’ve talked with many gun owners who agree that supporting gun rights and fighting gun crime are consistent goals. The NRA ought to listen to them. The NRA ought to be applauding mayors for trying to build consensus on the gun issue — and the NRA should join us in our efforts.
Why does the NRA, and many gun owners for that matter, not see the logic in this approach? Wouldn't a combined effort be more efficacious? If the "NRA should join us in our efforts," as Mayor Ward says wouldn't that serve another purpose, wouldn't it smoke out the anti-gun folks who really want to ban and confiscate guns? Sure it would. The common middle ground would become so big and powerful that a major reduction in crime would result. On both ends of the spectrum you'd have only the most fanatical, pro-gun folks who want no restrictions whatever and anti-gun folks who want all guns to disappear.
What's your opinion? Is Mayor Ward's call for the NRA to move into the middle ground a good one, or one that is totally unrealistic?
What do you think? Please leave a comment.