Chris “Badger” Thomas RIGHT WING TRIBUNE–
Joined in Washington by Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter was killed in the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School massacre, U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz reintroduced legislation on Wednesday that would require background checks for most ammunition purchases.
The bill is being called “Jaime’s Law,” in honor of Guttenberg’s daughter, The Sun Sentinel reports.
“We will relentlessly push to make sure Jaime’s Law becomes the law of the land,” Wasserman Schultz
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The bill would impose the same background check process as required for firearms, requiring a check for nearly all ammunition purchases, except for those at hunting camps or shooting ranges if the ammo will be used at the location.
“Even though ammunition is every bit as necessary for the operation of a firearm as the firearm itself, federal law does not require a background check to prevent prohibited purchasers from purchasing ammunition. Jaime’s Law will close this ammo loophole. ” ~ Wasserman Schultz
Jaime’s Law didn’t pass in the House last year after Wasserman Schultz tried to push it through, but Guttenberg said that this year he remains hopeful but not confident that it will pass.
He said, “Pass this legislation or we’ll flip the Senate on this issue.”
“We have a gun violence death rate in this country right now of approximately 40,000 per year. It is not normal. In the time that we do this press conference, somebody will learn they are a victim of gun violence, somebody will be buried who is a victim of gun violence and somebody will be planning the funeral for a victim of gun violence. I am not okay with that.
Everyone always said to me on the other side of this, ‘You can’t do anything about gun safety because there’s already too many guns out there and the bad guys, they’re just going to continue to use their guns.’ You know what they don’t work without? Ammunition. But there is no requirement for a background check,” ~ Fred Guttenberg
While I sympathise with Guttenberg’s loss, we cannot punish a nation of good men and women by stomping on their rights, to do so is a crime in itself. I understand that when violence takes a loved one, we try to make sense of it and find a purpose to cling too.
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