Opinion: Let’s enact gun control before a racist, out-of-control vigilante shows up in Maine

Opinion: Let’s enact gun control before a racist, out-of-control vigilante shows up in Maine

In the wake of the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict, most of the reaction has been about the unequal and racist administration of justice, vigilantism, and Rittenhouse’s white supremacist views . All legit. But what’s the one thing that barely gets mentioned? Guns. The sad truth is that none of this would have happened if Rittenhouse hadn’t been legally waving a fully-loaded AR-15 around peaceful protesters exercising their first amendment rights. And the scarier truth is that this could have just as easily occurred in Maine. If you aren’t aware, Maine has very weak gun laws. In fact, there is virtually nothing on our books that would have prevented Rittenhouse from walking into a Black Lives Matter rally in Maine with his fully-loaded assault rifle, or with almost any gun. Assault weapons are legal. Unlimited magazines are legal. Our background check laws are littered with loopholes. And we no longer require you to have a permit to carry a concealed weapon. Just to name a few issues. Honestly, our laws are so lax that criminals from all over the country come into Maine to bring weapons back to their states . Two hundred sixty-two guns used in New York crimes were from Maine and almost 18% of guns in Boston came from Maine or New Hampshire. And those are just the ones we can trace. But it’s not just other states that are suffering from gun violence. The number one cause of death among domestic violence murders in Maine is from […]

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