The lead editorial in this morning’s Winston-Salem Journal is on the money: it’s long past time for congress — including North Carolina’s two NRA-owned and operated senators, Thom Tills and Ricard Burr (pictured at left) — to put the good of the country first and act now to ban a host of dangerous mass killing machines.
After noting signs of some tiny amounts of progress on the issue of regulating so-called “bump stocks,” the Journal concludes this way in “Reasonable gun control crucial for our brokenhearted country”:
“Congress is a long way from what’s really needed: measures such as banning rapid-fire, military-style assault rifles, their large-capacity magazines, and access to endless supplies of ammo for those magazines and body armor. These options should be limited to the military and law-enforcement. There is no logical reason for civilians to have them, potentially threatening the safety of both law-enforcement officers and civilians.
And for those who say these measures would do no good, we contend that action against bump stocks, large magazines and endless ammo supplies would have at least slowed down the Las Vegas killer, saving at least a few lives. That alone would make those measures well worth it.
We need other measures, such as cracking down on the illegal arms trade and more exhaustive background checks that would make it harder for those with mental problems to buy guns. We believe in the Second Amendment, but it must be balanced with reasonable gun control.
North Carolina’s two U.S. senators, Richard Burr of Winston-Salem and Thom Tillis of Mecklenburg County, have received criticism for the millions of dollars in campaign support they’ve received from the NRA. They should knock back any perception that they’re beholden to the NRA by helping to lead the charge on gun-control reform.”