Week 25: The Bignamis

The Sportsmen’s Heritage and Recreational Enhancement Act (SHARE) passed the House Natural Resources Committee on September 13th. Currently firearm silencers require a special license from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, but this bill would relax that requirement and instead treat silencers like guns which only require a federal background check. In addition, the bill would make it easier to transport guns across state lines and loosen restrictions on certain “armor piercing” ammunition. A second bill, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, would allow individuals to carry a concealed weapon in any state if they have a permit in their home state. Here is a petition asking Congress to oppose these pieces of legislation.

On Sunday night, October 1st, Jason Aldean was performing at the country music Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas when a gunman opened fire on the crowd, killing 59 people and injuring 527 others. Autumn and Frank Bignami are a married couple who teach at the same high school in Southern California and were attending the Las Vegas show. The Bignamis, parents of three young children, were caught in the gunfire. Frank suffered a grazing gunshot wound to the wrist, but Autumn was shot in the face and back leaving her in critical but stable condition after undergoing multiple surgeries. This week we donated to a crowdfunding campaign that was set up on the Bignamis’ behalf to raise money for Autumn’s medical expenses.

It is difficult to put into words the feelings of outrage, grief, and helplessness we feel after learning about the devastation in Las Vegas — all due to one insane murderer. As Dallas’s father Woody wrote in his powerful column for the Ventura County Star (which you can read in its entirety here) our Founding Fathers wrote the Second Amendment with flintlock muskets in mind, not modern-day assault rifles. The famed Boston Massacre, when eight British soldiers fired into a crowd of civilians on March 5, 1770, resulted in three dead and two mortally wounded. In Las Vegas, a massacre by a lone crazed gunman resulted in 59 deaths and 527 wounded. We believe that it is unconscionable and fatally irresponsible to consider loosening gun regulations in our country. We need to head in the opposite direction, tightening up gun regulations and making it as difficult as possible for crazed, violent people to get their hands on these military-grade weapons. How many more of these horrific events need to happen before enough is enough??