President’s Message – January 2016

RonMandelbaumI recently read an article about a bill introduced in Missouri, which I felt should be shared with our members.  A Missouri lawmaker is introducing a bill that would subject gun buyers in the state to the same kind of restrictions that women face if they choose to have an abortion.  State Rep. Stacey Newman (D-St. Louis) has prepared a bill that would require buyers to wait 72 hours to make a gun purchase, which they would only be able to do at a store at least 120 miles from their home.

Women in Missouri must wait 72 hours before they can get an abortion and the 120-mile restriction is intended to draw attention to the long distances that women must travel to have one. “If the appetite is for more and more reproductive restrictions, then it makes sense to apply those restrictions to gun purchases,” she said.

The bill would require gun buyers to undergo an evaluation and receive counseling from a physician about the risks associated with owning a gun.  Women in Missouri must sign a consent form 72 hours before an abortion, be given a chance to look at ultrasound of the baby and be informed about potential health hazards of the procedure.

Under Newman’s bill, the gun purchaser would be required to tour an emergency trauma center between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. on a weekend when firearms victims are present and meet with at least two families affected by gun violence as well as two people who have officiated at the funerals of minors who were shot dead.

It’s interesting to see how Republican-led states treat gun rights and women’s rights so differently. I think such a bill should be introduced in every state legislature.

– Ron Mandelbaum

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