U.S. House finally moves on guns, and voters need to remember
The House approved the first major piece of gun-control legislation that has advanced in Washington since what seems like the dawn of time.
With every Democratic House member from Illinois voting in favor and every Republican voting against, it sent the Senate a common-sense measure to require that all gun buyers clear a background check, instead of exempting those who make their purchases online or at a gun show. (Here's the roll call.)
But how many shootings have we seen in this country caused by people who clearly should not have had guns? Why should they be able to go online and order the personal arsenal of their choice?
A different side came from newly elected west suburban U.S. Rep. Sean Casten. He’s the guy who defeated Peter Roskam—father of that new law limiting your income tax deduction for state and local taxes—and Roskam almost certainly would have voted against this gun bill.
In a floor speech, Casten pointed to the Feb. 15 Aurora shooting in which five people were killed by a man who legally should not have possessed a fire arm. Passing this bill would not necessarily have stopped this shooting, but Casten noted: “If 100 million guns were taken off the street tomorrow, we still would have more guns than any other country. We need to do more.”
Amen. And this is a start.