By Brandon Whitney

I’m for Gun control, to a point. I think if you buy a gun, you should have to register that you own it, similar to how you register your car. One thing the NRA is probably right about is that responsible gun owners aren’t usually the ones shooting people, but many gun owners are selling their weapons to criminals who are. Recently the media has focused on the stream of guns flowing down to Mexico, but \ it is important to remember that many guns are flowing from southern states, like Virginia, into the hands of criminals in New York and Detroit.

In many places in the country, an individual can go to a gun show, or gun shop, and buy guns for criminals. They’ll be told what to buy and then sell the guns to a member of a drug cartel or other criminal enterprise. When Republicans and gun advocates talk about criminals being armed and the need to have guns to protect themselves, they often fail to talk about how the criminals obtain their weapons.

Registering a fire arm is not a hindrance on the 2nd amendment. A serious system for registration of arms allows us to prevent criminals from obtaining weapons while, at the same time, allowing individuals to buy weapons. It isn’t all of what the most liberal gun control advocates want or what far right gun toting conservatives want. It’s a practical compromise which allows us to keep guns out of the hands of criminals and in the hands of responsible citizens.

brandon-head Brandon Whitney is the creator of a blog that focuses on issues that affect the African American community. He is also a frequent guest on News and Notes’ Blogger Roundtable. Brandon has political experience as an Outreach Director for the Democratic Party and is passionate about being a positive force in his community regarding African American issues.  He is also a frequent guest on News and Notes’ Blogger Roundtable. You can read more of Brandon’s work at Homeland Colors.


One Response to “Guns”

  1. Firearm registration sounds so innocuous until you realize that it was one of the final acts perpetrated against the people of Nazi Germany, Stalin’s Russia, Mao’s China, etc, etc..(enter your 2-bit, tin-horn 20th century tyrant’s name here), before CRUSHING all dissent. 100 million disarmed people died last century at the hands of THEIR OWN GOVERNMENTS. We will not suffer a similar fate. we are Everywhere. III

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