... and my buddy was shot dead by an attorney. Tom had no weapon of any kind...
I would hope that the justice system did it's job, and that this attorney who murdered your buddy is now rotting in prison for a long time, for his crime.
As for the current debate regarding the perceived need for new gun control laws, it is very apparent that the advocates for stricter laws are unwilling to acknowledge that so many of the laws currently
on the books are not
being enforced. For example, if a convicted felon is denied purchase of a firearm through the National Instant Background Check system, he has in fact broken Federal law by virtue of merely attempting
to purchase a firearm... yet these felons are not prosecuted under the existing law.
While lawmakers can create and pass all the new laws they want, until the decision is made to enforce those laws (and existing laws) nothing will change. A new so-called Assault Weapons Ban
would amount to nothing more than a "feel good" law which will temporarily appease the left wing gun control lobby, until the next madman steals firearms and commits mass murder. One cannot legislate morality and sanity. The guy who has been convicted of 7 DWI offenses, and has lost his D/L, can and will get behind the wheel drunk and kill some family on their way home... all the laws in the world won't change that, until those laws are seriously enforced. Putting that guy with 7 DWI convictions in prison for a good long time, will save lives.
We as a society are too soft on crime. The piece of sh!t who shot Gabby Giffords, and killed the others in Phoenix copped a plea deal for life in prison... 100 years ago when swift justice was the law of the land, he would have gotten what he truly deserves... publicly hanged inside of a week of committing his heinous crime.
Tougher laws, or more laws?... How about getting tough regarding the laws we already have?