America's Shifting Gun Debate

Uploaded by TheDailyConversation on 07.01.2013

After the Sandy Hook Elementary school massacre, the tide has finally appeared to turn on the
issue of gun control. California Senator Dianne Feinstein will introduce strong anti-assault
weapon legislation at the beginning of congress' next term later this month. At the very least,
it will add to an already growing national conversation about the gun death epidemic
that affects the United States far more than any other developed country. Now, it's great
to talk about an assault weapons ban, but what we really need is a mindset shift--for
people to realize the world isn't the scary place the NRA wants us to think it is and
to voluntarily start giving up our weapons. Judging by the success of a recent gun buyback
day in Los Angeles, that mindset shift appears to be well underway. On the day after Christmas,
the LAPD collected more than 2,000 guns - 75 of them assault weapons - during a buyback
where grocery store gift cards were exchanged for the weapons. They even took back two military-grade
rocket launchers--although it's important to note the launchers were broken when they
were turned in. Earlier this year, another LAPD gun buyback day netted just over 400
firearms--meaning the amount of gun owning citizens ready to part with at least some
of their guns increased fivefold after the Newtown shooting. Feinstein's assault weapons
law importantly has a gun buyback program written into it. Of course, an assault weapons
bans and gun buyback programs aren't going to single-handedly solve our nation's gun
problem, but they're a logical first step to help prevent another Sandy Hook from ever
happening again.