While I believe all law-abiding Americans have the right to own guns, I also think gun regulations should be made significantly tighter.
Mayor Greg Fischer apparently agrees, because last week he called for state legislation that would allow cities within Kentucky to enact gun control measures that could be stricter than our current state laws. And I think that's a great idea.
Kentucky is a mostly rural state with a wide range of opinions and emotions concerning guns. I know the majority of Kentuckians have a much easier relationship with firearms than those of us who are concentrated in cities, and I accept that. But those rural attitudes work best in a rural environment, where the prevailing geography and values make guns much more a part of the natural habitat.
Our cities are a different story. There are many benefits cities like Louisville would derive from stronger gun laws requiring better background checks, reasonable restrictions on the types of weapons we allow individuals to possess, and prohibitions against guns in certain public settings.
I understand and respect the Second Amendment. But the gun violence in our city and others is getting out of hand, and I agree with Mayor Fischer that we should have the right to clean up our own house without placing undue restrictions on the people of our state who feel otherwise.
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I'm Bill Lamb and that's my Point of View.