The United States has just passed a gun control bill. It doesn’t do all that much, though it’s still an infringement on our right to keep and bear arms.
However, for many, it’s nothing but a first step, a good start toward still more regulations imposing on our right to keep and bear arms.
Over at the BBC, they ask what’s next for gun control here in the US.
Last month, US President Joe Biden signed a landmark gun-control bill into law.
While the legislation, which was passed with bipartisan support, has many limits, it was a step in America’s efforts to tackle escalating gun violence. Meanwhile, the Supreme Court issued a decision that cast the future of more strict limits on gun ownership in doubt.
So where does gun control go from here? Here’s a look at some solutions that gun-control advocates and gun-rights proponents say could help stop escalating gun violence – and our North America correspondent Anthony Zurcher assesses their chances.
The future of red flag laws
Red flag laws, also known as Extreme Risk Protection Orders, allow police to temporarily seize legally owned guns from people who a judge has ruled to be a danger to themselves or others.
A judge’s emergency order can be issued even in cases where a gun owner has no criminal record or history of mental illness.
Opponents say this violates the right to due process, as the orders can be issued by a judge without the subject present to object.
They go on to bring up things like assault weapon bans, gun buybacks, new rules for younger gun buyers, and a bunch of other things.
Now, in fairness, they also mention arming teachers and hardening schools as well, but not until the very end and even then, the story drips with bias and disdain.
However, all of this ignores the political realities gun control measures face here in the United States.
In other words, it’s easy for the BBC to ask what’s next, but the truth is that the Biden administration has gotten all they’re going to get. You know the gun control side asked for much more, but what they got was the totality of what they were going to get. There’s nothing left on the table.
Even Sen. John Cornyn, who sold us out, has said there’s nothing more that will be done.
So while the BBC can ponder the future of gun control, it’s nothing more than journalistic navel-gazing. It’s an exercise in what might have been and nothing else, because we’re not interested in giving up more ground and the gun control side is only interested in gun control. They don’t care about kids, they care about taking away our rights.
If they were, they’d at least be open to hardening schools. The fact that they’re not tells you they don’t care about dead kids, they care about taking away your guns.
The BBC can ask the question all they want, but we all know the real answer here.