My letter of August 30th addressed inaccuracies/exaggerations in Evan Mandigo’s many letters to the editor with a promise to offer suggestions. The glorification of mass shootings/shooters by the media (internet, newspapers, television) is a major contributing factor. I applaud the police/sheriff departments that refuse to give the names of crazed murderers.
There are several states that limit sales of ammunition and large capacity magazines over the internet and within their states. There is no evidence that these restrictions have impacted mass shootings. It is not the government’s place to determine the size of magazines that individuals will use for protecting their families.
Background checks won't stop mass shooters as many don't have a criminal record and the national database may not include all of the available data due to inadequate reporting (Mental health issues – doctor/patient privilege or juvenile records). Universal background checks are currently required in 12 states - all sales and transfers of all types of firearms.
There are “red flag” laws in 17 states whereby family members/law enforcement can petition a state court to remove firearms from an individual who is a danger to themselves/public. These laws clearly infringe on the Constitutional right to due process. California has had mass shootings after enactment of universal background checks and a “red flag” law.
Opinion polls do not offer solutions, only responses driven by the hysteria of our liberal media. Enforce the laws in place today (criminal threatening); they could have prevented the Parkland, Florida, shooting (how many police visits are needed?). The best advice is “If you see something, say something.”
Finally, to those who have ridiculed anyone who offers their thoughts and prayers to the victims and their families; prayer is powerful and the only support we can offer from hundreds or even thousands of miles away.
Rod Kuhn, Bismarck
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