Congress should treat students as well as it treats ducks

Congress should treat students as well as it treats ducks

Buy Photo It is not right that students have to face possible gun death in their classrooms. As a former member of the U.S. Congress and a former duck hunter, I have some observations to share. Duck hunters’ shotgun chambers hold six shells. If one wants to hunt ducks, federal regulations require you to have a wooden plug inserted in the gun so that it can shoot only three shells without reloading. To be effective, the limitation applies to all guns no matter when they were purchased. The government does not want hunters to kill too many ducks. It is fairly easy to limit the number of shells in an automatic weapon clip, just as it is easy to plug a shotgun. Canada limits automatic weapon clips to five shells, no matter when the gun was purchased. I was greatly encouraged to find that there are bills in both the Senate and House of Representatives that limit automatic weapon cartridge clips to 10 shells. Ten is better than 30. Then I read the laws. The laws apply only to newly purchased guns. MY GOSH! Duck hunters’ limitations apply to all guns, new or old — as do Canadian automatic weapons limitations. Apparently our U.S. Congress would like to have you think they are really addressing the problem while writing a bill that exempts the millions of guns already in use. The ducks are sure glad that the current Congress is not writing the duck shooting laws. Students, don’t let […]

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