Area Gun Experts Say Proposed Gun Bill Wouldn't Have Worked

By: Lauren Forsythe Email
By: Lauren Forsythe Email

"An armed society would be a polite society, if you go about it from the backdoor of controlling firearms, then the next thing you know they will have to inhibit the sales of pressure cookers," Davis says, comparing deadly gun events to the most recent Boston Marathon attacks.

Wednesday's Senate vote on gun control left some government officials disappointed.

But, area gun experts agree an expanded background check on gun purchases wouldn't have protected the people the bill was meant to protect.

Four months ago, after children and teachers were shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary, government officials started working on strict gun control legislation.

But some local gun experts say, the proposed gun control bill didn't have the right protection.

"Is this proposed legislation really going to help with the protection of children? And I think after considering the options the Senate appropriately decided that it really would not," says conceal carry instructor and attorney Phil Kimbel.

The bill was designed to expand background checks on gun purchases, to prevent unstable, dangerous people from owning a gun.

"To just do a paper check would be a very challenging thing so we don't have the resources in this community to even attempt to evaluate people who may already be known to have significantly threatening behavior either toward themselves or toward other people," Psychologist Bill Pfohl says.

"I too would like the unstable individual not to have a firearm because it's obvious that anyone that would try and commit the kinds of crimes that we've seen has to be unstable. For the people that you do infringe upon their gun rights unjustly, I don't know how you'd keep from doing that. I don't know how you'd implement something like that," says Sherwood's Guns owner, Sherwood Davis.

Experts agree implementing a law to keep guns out of the hands of the wrong people would be difficult, considering the Connecticut school shooter took the guns he used from his own home.

"I think there is a lesson to be learned that gun owners have a responsibility to protect their weapons, and keep them from getting into inappropriate hands," Kimbel says.

"An armed society would be a polite society, if you go about it from the backdoor of controlling firearms, then the next thing you know they will have to inhibit the sales of pressure cookers," Davis says, comparing deadly gun events to the most recent Boston Marathon attacks.

Experts say this issue is not about increasing gun restrictions, but keeping guns safe inside homes.

The proposed gun control bill was voted down in the senate 54 to 46.

President Obama says he won't give up on his gun safety effort.


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