When people hold events they call “gun violence forums,” why does it always seem the proposals that result focus solely on the “gun” part of the equation and not the “violence”? Probably because they see it as easier to restrict gun ownership than to actually deal with the issue of violence in our society. So it’s really no surprise that the recent, ahem, gun violence forum that resulted from the Santa Monica shooting earlier this year has resulted in California congressman Henry Waxman proposing legislation to make it illegal to sell gun “kits” on the internet . . .
From the LA NBC station:
“It’s scary to know anybody can just build their own weapon nowadays like nothing, and innocent people have to suffer the consequences,” Enriquez said.
Waxman said he’ll introduce a federal law to ban the Internet sale of gun kits that allow people to build their own homemade assault weapons.
“Out-of-state stores sell special California magazine repair kids that appear to be weapons that are banned in California,” Waxman said.
It looks like legislators are finally beginning to realize that guns aren’t magical devices that require an anointed high priest to bless them before they springs to life. People can actually make them in their basements without any outside help. They’re starting to realize just how porous their gun control laws are, and now they’re trying to find ways to close those loopholes.
I’d expect the proposed laws to become more and more draconian the more they comprehend how easy it is to build your own gun. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if they want to implement background checks on buying metal piping from Home Depot.