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Jaco – It Is Time To Talk Gun Laws After Two Massacres

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) - So we have another slaughter. This one at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. Seven dead, including the apparent white supremacist shooter. We're told it's too early to talk about gun laws. We have a mentally unstable mother in Glendale who kills her two kids and herself. And we're told it's too early to talk about how the mentally ill can easily get guns. We have the Colorado gunman commit mass murder in a movie theatre and we're told it's too early to talk about why people need to own assault rifles with 100 round magazines.

No, it is not too early. The one thing we know. The gun used in Glendale and the weapons used in Colorado were legally purchased. And I'm willing to bet that the ex-soldier in Wisconsin had legally purchased weapons, too. This is important, because it also turns out that the vast majority of guns used in street crimes in the city of St. Louis were not stolen. They were sold out of the back of someone's trunk. They were purchased legally.

And why is it so easy? Because background checks are a joke. If you're mentally unstable, you may not be able to hold a job but you can easily buy a gun. That's because a judge has to rule someone is mentally incompetent before they're not allowed to purchase a weapon. You can even buy an AR15. You can even buy a drum clip that holds dozens and dozens of rounds of ammo.

Too many people led by the NRA think weapon ownership is a right. No, it's a privilege. Read the first part of the second amendment, "A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the survival of a free state."

They key here is, "Well-regulated." Nothing about 22 dead in three shootings was well-regulated.

I'm Charles Jaco and that's Jacology.