Following Latest Tragic Murders Gun Industry Remains Dedicated To Real Solutions®

By Larry Keane for National Shooting Sports Foundation

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Washington, DC – -(AmmoLand.com)- Some politicians in Washington, D.C., are trying to pass meaningful legislation that would help prevent future atrocities, following the tragic murders in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas. Others, unfortunately, prefer to bluster.

NSSF, the firearm industry trade association, will work with those in Congress who are dedicated to serious, sober, thoughtful, and deliberate discussions to address measures to prevent these tragedies. There can be no more inappropriate moments for political theater.

The firearm industry is – and always has been – ready to work for Real Solutions® that make our communities safer.

Agreement

There are opportunities for agreement. NSSF has been here before. NSSF worked with U.S. Sens. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) to pass the FIX NICS Act, named for the firearm industry’s Fix NICS® campaign. That law provides resources to the states and compels federal agencies to submit all disqualifying records to the FBI’s National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) so the system works as intended. Since NSSF started this effort in 2013, 16 states changed their laws and Congress took action. Disqualifying mental health record submissions increased 270 percent from 1.4 million in 2013 to over 6.14 million today.

In that same spirit, NSSF is encouraged by the Senate discussions. Thoughtful discussion is being shared to find answers, including on so-called “red flag” laws. These must include strong protections for Constitutional Due Process rights. Consideration is being given to increased mental health resources and improving security at America’s schools, including active protection for children.

This is encouraging and NSSF is working with Senate leadership to provide input to stake out common ground. NSSF has been here before and believes there is room for agreement.

Disagreement

That encouragement that the Senate can agree on these issues is boosted by the rejection of the knee-jerk and partisan calls for unconstitutional gun control measures. President Joe Biden used his national address from The White House to push for bans on commonly-owned Modern Sporting Rifles (MSRs), magazine capacity restrictions, enacting age-based gun bans, and repealing the bipartisan Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act (PLCAA).

The U.S. House of Representatives is forcing through a package of gun control measures that is entirely off-base. Those include everything the president called for in his gun control calls. Some Members of Congress who would trample on Constitutional rights are serious about these proposals. They would reduce the Second Amendment to a second-class right and usher in an era of government privileges that would quash the rights of citizens. The fact that these proposals are being rejected by Senate leaders is encouraging.

Use Available Tools

There is still room for more. Congress must get serious about enforcing the laws. The murderer in Buffalo, New York, was brought in by state police for a mental health evaluation, but never brought before a judge for an adjudication or consideration for involuntary commitment to a mental health facility. No New York authority invoked that state’s “red-flag” law to protect the community.

The murderer in Uvalde, Texas, made threats on social media that he intended to murder children at a school a month prior to his heinous crimes and again 10 days prior to his crimes. He made threats of rape and assault against former classmates and posted disturbing images on social media. None of this was reported to authorities to stop this criminal.

Tragically, the pattern emerges again that there were opportunities to use the available legal tools to protect communities, but they weren’t invoked. This must change.

Likewise, we must consider measures to protect schools with something more than an aluminum sign declaring the grounds as a “gun-free” zone. Our children are the most precious resources we have and we must protect them as such. More resources must be considered.

President Biden’s refusal to consider these measures is unfathomable. These were identified as points of improvement following previous tragedies and his outright dismissal of these considerations is unconscionable.

Dedicated to Real Solutions

National Shooting Sports Foundation has worked for Real Solutions. We have partnered with law enforcement to voluntarily secure firearms in the home when they’re not in use, so they remain inaccessible to those who should not possess them. NSSF works with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) to prevent illegal “straw purchases” of firearms and voluntarily improve security at firearm retailers. NSSF partnered with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to stop the tragedy of suicide by firearm. NSSF is invested in these answers because we know they work.

This is an opportunity to work together. NSSF is contributing to these answers and will work with anyone who would come alongside us while respecting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens.


About The National Shooting Sports Foundation

NSSF is the trade association for the firearm industry. Its mission is to promote, protect and preserve hunting and shooting sports. Formed in 1961, NSSF has a membership of thousands of manufacturers, distributors, firearm retailers, shooting ranges, sportsmen’s organizations, and publishers nationwide. For more information, visit nssf.org

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Wildman

However it’s done, providing more security personnel in schools is the best solution… ONE school resource officer is not enough. Consider this: Teachers’ number one job responsibility is student safety. During a school shooting, TEACHERS ARE FIRST RESPONDERS… Perhaps a select few of them should be vetted, trained and armed…?

Russn8r

Uvalde school district had 6 ROs, none of them were there, none did S.

2gats

I know………

1) two violent strikes your dead
2) expedited trial, appeal, review……two years max
3) expedited execution dates while the public can remember the crime
4) firing squad…….citizen volunteers…..like jury duty
5) all executions carried out live on public media at 6 pm so children can
watch with their parents…………(this is what happens to criminals son)
6) do an execution a night on tv until all death rows and max security prisons
are empty

add NATIONAL CONSTITUTIONAL CARRY

crime problem solved

john

Every gun organization from the NRA forward should be calling on congress to advance the death penalty for those who commit such acts as the murdering of children and the defenceless in schools. We in the shooting community should be asking loud a clear to harden the soft targets that evil has found to so easy to invade. Children cannot protect themselves only those who meet the danger head on will end those who insist on committing such a evil act. We the American people the defenders of the constitution should be calling out the district attorneys & judges who… Read more »

john

 Blatant Manipulation Of the Law BY Democrats Posted Again Here as a real world solution: There are now so many rules laws regulations by those elected that have so far proven that a evil person with the intent, is not stopped by any of the above. The criminal justice system is what should be under attack by every American. The release of dangerous criminals by liberal politicians , judges calls from the democratic party to reduce sentences. Those that have been charged with the worst crimes against the law abiding public are turned lose daily. The influx of illegals that… Read more »

WeWereWarned

Constitutional Americans having friends like nssf wanting to turn the 2nd Amendment into a government privilege, who needs the liberals to infringe on our rights. At least, the liberals are honest with their hatred of our 2nd Amendment rights, while the nssf stabs us Constitutional Americans in the back with their expansion of unconstitutional gun laws.

The nssf is proud that they helped lower our rights and make Americans have to beg for permission to exercise their rights. This organization exists to negotiate away our rights to protect their profits, just like the nra.

Last edited 21 days ago by WeWereWarned
Roverray

I agree. Politicians do the easiest possible thing without thinking anything though. We can harden schools without much difficulty but we can’t get it through their thick heads to do it.

WeWereWarned

Think of it like this the government has no issue with the mass killer drills, that they harm our kids with through fear, because that is social engineering to stigmatize Constitutionally protected weapons, our guns. Those drills are behavioral conditioning no different than Pavlov ringing his bell and his dogs would salivate. Only the desired goal is to stigmatize guns as the conditioned response. Hardening the schools, would mean admitting that folks with guns are what stops evil folks from harming others. Those armed folks can’t be just following orders socialists, who place their pension over innocent peoples’ lives. I… Read more »