June 13, 2018 ~ The American Medical Association put forth what they believe to be common sense gun laws calling for the confiscation of guns from some folks, and requesting a ban on other types of America's favorite guns. This news comes on the heels of multiple gun control laws pushed throughout the country, at local levels, as the gun control debate continues on, full steam ahead.
The following quote is pulled from the AMA website:
People are dying of gun violence in our homes, churches, schools, on street corners and at public gatherings, and it’s important that lawmakers, policy leaders and advocates on all sides seek common ground to address this public health crisis …
While the AMA are clearly not lawmakers, they do hold a position of some power and medical associations are directly responsible for some laws that have been passed in recent years, especially those regarding child safety in vehicles.
But guns? What basis do they claim to be able to give advice on firearms? Apparently, if you call something a “public health crisis,” you're allowed to suggest policy changes. Here is a list of the items that were recently brought about, some that were recently changed, and some recommended previously. While it's all worrisome, I highlighted in red some things that really concern me:
- Establishing laws allowing family members, intimate partners, household members and law enforcement personnel to petition a court for the removal of a firearm when there is a high or imminent risk for violence.
- Prohibiting persons who are under domestic violence restraining orders, convicted of misdemeanor domestic violence crimes or stalking from possessing from purchasing firearms.
- Expanding domestic violence restraining orders to include dating partners.
- Requiring states to have protocols or processes in place for requiring the removal of firearms by prohibited persons.
- Requiring domestic violence restraining orders and gun violence restraining orders to be entered into the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.
- Efforts to ensure the public is aware of the existence of laws that allow for the removal of firearms from high-risk individuals.
- Advocate for schools to remain gun-free zones except for school-sanctioned activities and professional law enforcement officials.
- Oppose requirements or incentives of teachers to carry weapons.
- Ban the sale and ownership to the public of all assault-type weapons, bump stocks and related devices, high-capacity magazines, and armor piercing bullets.
- Require the licensing of owners of firearms including completion of a required gun safety course and registration of all firearms.
- Support banning the possession and use of firearms and ammunition by unsupervised youths under the age of 21.
- Support banning the sales of firearms and ammunition from licensed and unlicensed dealers to those under the age of 21—excluding certain categories of individuals, such as military and law enforcement personnel.
- Oppose concealed carry reciprocity legislation that would require all states to recognize concealed carry firearm permits granted by other states that would allow citizens with concealed carry permits in one state to carry guns across state lines into states that have stricter laws.
Thankfully, the AMA isn't a board filled with law and policy makers, but physicians. However, this is still a concerning development as more people of power refuse to look at facts and doing what will actually work, as opposed to these freedom-ceasing proposals.
Let us know in the comments what you think about this news, and as always, stay alert.