Republicans should take the lead to stop illegal gun sales

by The Inquirer Editorial Board, philly.com, April 21, 2017

It took the 2012 murder of a Plymouth Meeting police officer to break the chokehold the gun lobby has on Pennsylvania’s legislators. They passed the Brad Fox Law after its namesake was gunned down by a man who bought a gun from a straw buyer.

These are often profiteers who buy guns from legitimate sources and sell them to criminals who cannot legally purchase guns. No good comes from this arrangement, but the gun industry’s minions in the legislature constantly oppose efforts to stop the practice.

Police Commissioner Richard Ross has cited the flood of illegal guns as a major factor in the city’s outrageously high shooting rate. In 2016, police reported 2,257 aggravated assaults with guns, making shootings a major health crisis in the city.

But concerned leaders don’t even look to Harrisburg for help because Pennsylvania’s legislators seem more interested in enabling the bloodshed than stopping it.

Sometimes, though, there are small victories of common sense over the gun industry’s greed….

read more at philly.com

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