Editorial: Stop killers from getting their guns

Editorial: Stop killers from getting their guns

Suspected shooter Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa is in police custody, being taken away from the scene of a shooting that left ten dead at the King Soopers on Table Mesa Drive in Boulder on Monday, March 22, 2021. We must squeeze the pipeline that pumped nearly 40 million new guns into America last year. The reduction in gun sales through precise and narrow restrictions and reforms will not take anyone’s guns or infringe on their right to own guns, but it will help prevent weapons from getting into evil hands intent on inflicting mass casualties in America’s streets and supermarkets. First, we must limit the kinds of new guns being sold. Banning assault rifles is one route that could work, and we encourage Congress to pass a new and improved version of the 1994 assault weapons ban. However, it is important to note, that the U.S. Supreme Court may strike such a ban down, as it struck down a handgun ban in the District of Columbia v. Heller ruling noting that the Second Amendment prevents the government from banning weapons “in common use at the time.” Well, the floodgates have been open for so long that it’s hard to argue that the millions of assault rifles in the U.S. are not in common use. We’ll let constitutional legal scholars grapple with that precedent in court. So what else should lawmakers do? Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 21, purchased a Ruger AR-556 pistol six days before he is suspected of opening […]

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