Helmke to speak on guns in Indianapolis
Helmke is scheduled to speak on what he calls weak guns laws in Indiana and the nation at the Lecture Hall building on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis beginning at 6 p.m. The event is being sponsored by a group called Hoosiers Concerned About Gun Violence.
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#1 Aug 15, 2009
There are quite a few gun laws even in Indiana. And before more laws are added unless those new laws are aimed specifically at criminals who use guns in their crime, then the courts need to insure that existing laws are enforced.
This includes curbing or even haulting the back-room deals the lawyers of criminals found guilty of gun crimes are allowed to cut. And prison time for anyone who maimed or killed an innocent while commiting a gun crime should be more 'difficult' than time for more petty crimes.
It seems the answer from big government for select problems seems to be creating more and more laws without enforcing the ones already on the books. And when the next round of gun laws is enacted but doesn't live up to the hype used to get them passed, then more will be on the way.
New laws can give politicians a boost in their popularity and a false sense of security to many. But if a criminal is crazy or desperate enough to maim or kill with a gun, then they're crazy or desperate enough to do most anything including harming or killing someone using something else.
Push for tough sentences on gun crime using the existing laws first.
#2 Aug 18, 2009
You mean instead of punishing those who own guns we punish those who commit crimes with guns?
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