Monday, January 21, 2013
A Sportsman's View On Gun Control
According to Topping, the Second Amendment is the foundation of all of our individual freedoms. "They can all be set aside if we don't have the power to forcibly resist a government action we feel is wrong and illegal," he stated. As an example, he noted that the KKK would pass by the home of someone who possessed a shotgun.
Topping is also mystified by the clamor to ban assault rifles, i.e. semi-automatics. Those are rifles that will fire when the trigger is pulled. He points out that real assault rifles, i.e. fully automatic guns, are already illegal. He also noted that it is illegal to use a semi-automatic rifle for hunting in Pennsylvania. They may only be used for target practice and personal protection.
"There's a certain amount of Madison Avenue behind these assault rifles," Topping states. "But if you take the mechanics out and put them into a nice wooden stock, it will look more like a hunting rifle."
High Capacity Magazines
"That's a tough one," Topping notes. He notes that the seven-bullet limit imposed by a recent New York law is completely unworkable because most gun manufacturers sell ten-bullet magazines with every type of gun.
"Ten is the magic number," Topping noted. "What they did in New York was done by people who don't know anything about guns."
The Obama proposal limits magazines to ten rounds.
Gun Show Loophole and Background Checks
"We don't have that in Pennsylvania," says Topping, noting that a background check is still needed.
He supports increased scrutiny.
"Background checks should be as intrusive as possible," states Topping, noting that the "mental area" needs the most work. "Society has a right to be protected from persons who should not carry firearms."
We Have a Violence Problem
According to Topping, what people identify as a gun problem is really a "violence problem" that extend to video games and even toy guns. "Personally, I don't think toy guns that look real should be sold," he recommends.
Topping notes that women are joining sportsmen clubs more than any other group precisely because there is a violence problem.
He would support increased penalties for gun law violations and agrees that more protection most be offered at any large gathering of people, from schools to hospitals.
Hellertown Sportsmen May Offer Facilities to Teachers
Although numerous details must be worked out, Hellertown Sportsmen want to offer their facilities to provide free training to Saucon Valley teachers. "Any large institution should have people who have security training," notes Topping.