POSTED: Monday, May 3, 2010 - 10:36pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, May 5, 2010 - 10:41pm
Last year at this time, gun owners were nervous.
A new Democratic administration had taken over, and many feared their gun rights would be under assault again.
So where do we stand?
There’s not much that can get the old liberal/conservative juices flowing as much as the subject of gun control
“We think that we have had for a long time,” says Peter Hamm of the Brady Center for Handgun Violence, “a debate in this country that gets away from reality.”
“They have made laws,” responds Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America. “Well, they shouldn’t have. The courts shouldn’t have allowed it. And it’s time for the states to start taking things back.”
An age old question over the meaning of the Second Amendment, as a personal or a group right, has been settled. On top of that, President Obama has approved the carrying of guns in national parks and on Amtrak. So gun control folks must be disappointed.
“The purists here,” says Hamm, “still maintain that they think that the Supreme Court’s decision was wrong. But the more pragmatic among us feel that let’s move forward, this is the law of the land and we have to respect that.”
And pro gun groups must be elated…right?
“We spent so much time on it precisely because they tried to bedazzled us with the collective theory.” Pratt says.
“There have been some positive things since a year and a half ago,” according to Mac Woods of the Shootist Gunshop. “But everybody’s very interested in how things will go in the next year.”
But the so-called gun show loophole continues to be a point of division.
“There’s been a big push in Congress,” Hamm told us, “for a bill that would close the so-called gun show loophole. Private sellers can sell firearms without the Brady background check.”
“Closing a so-called loophole in Washington,” said Pratt, “is just another way of eliminating one more freedom. I think we’re in a heap of trouble with these folks.”