Sandoval said he vetoed the bill because it was “Imposing unreasonable burdens and harsh penalties upon law-abiding Nevadans, while doing little to prevent criminals from unlawfully obtaining firearms.” Governor, wake up! If the new legislation was passed and future gun owners refused to obtain a background check and circumvented the new law, they would no longer be law-abiding citizens. That’s the point — create a law with harsh penalties and protect us from criminals, ex-felons, terrorists and the mentally ill who choose to use hand guns and assault weapons to massacre the innocents for no reason other than their own.
Governor, why is a background check unreasonable? If a gun owner is a law-abiding citizen, there is no reason he would break the law by not getting a background check. And why is getting a background check a burden? The real burden falls on the shoulders of the victims of violence. Tell the families of the four people who were randomly killed in 2011 at a local IHOP IN Carson City — not too far from where you live — that it’s more of a burden to get a background check to own a gun than it is to burry the dead victims of violence. Tell the families of the 20 fatally wounded children and 6 adult staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. that somewhere in the vacuum of your mental reasoning; getting a background check to own a gun is more burdensome than protecting our children’s lives.
Sandoval joined the NRA Mantra opposed to gun control of any kind, saying that expanding background checks represented a ”Constitutional erosion of Second Amendment rights.” Amending our Constitution reflects periodic political, economic, environmental and philosophical changes in our expanding democracy. Changing and amending laws to meet the needs and concerns of the times is not an erosion of our Constitution — it’s the preservation of democracy. Governor Sandoval should be reminded of that.
It was reported that Sandoval’s office received overwhelming support for his veto on an automated call system. No names were given and one person could call in as many times as he wanted to skew the count. No doubt, there were just a small group of NRA members and a few of Sandoval’s political pets doing what they do best —deceive the public. Sandoval made no mention of the call records during his veto message. I wonder why?
Sandoval had his named mentioned as a possible Vice Presidential candidate during the previous election. Could be he thinks he might have a better chance next time around with support from the NRA. He should forget about it though. Chris Christi has his own compound of political animals that perform their own political pet tricks.
David Farside is a Sparks resident and political activist.