A Sensible Ban

Here’s what President Barack Obama said to open his State of the Union message Tuesday night:

“And as we mark this occasion, we are also mindful of the empty chair in this chamber and pray for the health of our colleague — and our friend — Gabby Giffords.”

Obama noted that the wounding of Giffords, a Democratic congresswoman from Arizona, reminded Americans that we all share common purpose. A fine point to make.

But here’s another point Obama should have made: “And so, my fellow Americans, we need to put in place sensible laws to help honor Gabby’s sacrifice. That’s why I support the idea of limiting the sale of extended magazines for handguns.”

No reasonable person is suggesting a ban on weapons. They are suggesting a ban of a particular accessory to a weapon — the 30-round magazine allegedly used by Jared Loughner to kill six people and injure 13 others in Tucson on Jan. 8. In a matter of seconds, the shooter squeezed off all those rounds and was attempting to load another large magazine when subdued.

Paul Helmke, president of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, was critical of the president’s comments about the dreams of the 9-year-old killed in Tucson “without talking about the gun violence that destroyed those dreams.” New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Obama “missed an opportunity.”

White House officials said Wednesday the president would address the issue soon, but they wouldn’t say how. Such a ban would not have spared Giffords, but it might have saved others. Civilians do not need extended magazines. They should be banned.

Republished from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, distributed by creators.com

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Chuck Briese, Oak Ridge Now

[avatar user="cbriese" size="thumbnail" align="left"] Chuck Briese has been a resident of South Montgomery County since 1988. He and his lovely and patient wife, Leslie, have six sons, with only one left to finish high school. Chuck has been a Cub Scout leader, a Little League baseball coach, a church youth leader, and a general troublemaker over the course of the past 25 years. He is obsessed with his lawn, and likes restaurants that serve food that fills up the plate. He has a tendency to tilt at windmills, which may explain why he started Oak Ridge Now.

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