(Seattle) Assault-weapons ban dead in state Legislature
The House Judiciary Committee, which Democrats run and has produced most of the gun-control proposals this session — including a universal background-check bill — does not have another meeting scheduled today. The Republican-controlled Senate Law and Justice Committee does have a meeting this afternoon, but even Democrats acknowledge the assault-weapons ban doesn’t have a chance there.
“There wasn’t broad enough consensus for it to have a chance of passage,” said state Sen. Nick Harper, D-Everett, who is coordinating gun legislation for the Senate Democratic Caucus.
These laws do nothing to deter crime and only anger gun owners. Far more people are stabbed to death or beaten to death than are killed with any rifle of any type.
They would be far better off enacting better mental health laws and providing care to those who need it. The shooter in Aurora was known to his university psychologist to have violent desires and fantasies. She was concerned enough to contact the university for advice on what to do with this guy. But, when he dropped out of school, the psychologist dropped the issue as well. If she would have called the police, the shooting probably would not have happened. Even if the guy never shot anyone, what kind of life would he have had with a non –existent mental health system?