Instead of a long thought out post from yesterday’s judiciary panel on gun violence I’ve decided to post my notes from the panel instead. These are my raw notes as I watched the panel.
James Johnson – National Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence (pro gun control) said that the Sandy Hook shooter didn’t steal his weapons and that they were instead available to him at his house.
Diane Feinstein and Charles Shumer use their time to ask questions only for Johnson who is an ardent supporter of their efforts to enact new gun control bills.
Gayle Trotter speaking on behalf of the Independent Woman’s Forum testified that a ban on AR-15′s would impact women more because they are the weapon of choice for self defense of women due to ease of use, weight, and accuracy.
Main focus of the hearing appears to be on background checks, including shoring up the existing system and expanding it for all gun sales.
Many states are not adding mental health records to the National Instant Check System (NICS). Mark Kelly (Gabrielle Giffords husband) testified that over 121,000 records from Arizona were not included in the NICS when his wife was shot. Why can we not force states through financial incentives to put theses records in the system?
A lot of talk about how federal justice department prosecutions for gun crimes are down substantially since President Obama took office.
Lots of citations of Heller decision which affirms the right to own a gun. Still some questions on how far restrictions can go from both sides.
Dick Durbin asks Wayne LaPierre if the 2nd amendment is meant to protect citizens from the government. The question is a setup and his second question goes to James Johnson. Durbin tells Johnson that some people believes as LaPierre confirmed that the 2nd amendment is meant to protect citizens from you (meaning the police). Durbin then focused his attention on 100 round drums and why they should be banned.
Lindsey Graham brings up Loganville Georgia incident. Discusses whether or not 6 rounds is enough for self defense by saying if there were two intruders in that incident that she would have ran out of ammunition if she were limited to a 10 round magazine and that it seemed reasonable to him that a 15 round magazine would make more sense. Graham said that he believed that in a lawless situation such a a natural disaster or a riot, that an AR-15 would be much better for self defense than a shotgun.
Sheldon Whitehouse gives statistics on gun prosecutions that are completely different from previous testimony citing that gun prosecutions are somewhat steady if not up since Obama took office. Suggested that gun prosecutions were over 10,000 in 2012. Talks about training required for police and military in order for them to be issued a weapon then pivots to why teachers should not have them in the classroom.
Those are my notes for the hearing. Hope it provides some insight!