In an April 10 article on the 2016 legislative session, I was astounded to read that, of more than 50 bills pending in the General Assembly to reform gun laws, only three have any chance of getting to the floor.
And those three all expand gun owners’ rights.
This session is the last opportunity to pass meaningful legislation before the one-year anniversary of the slayings at Mother Emanuel AME Church, which exposed gaps in our current laws that make us all vulnerable to such attacks. You would think there would be some urgency to close them. Why have our legislators not acted?
Recent polls have shown that 89 percent of South Carolina voters support background checks on all gun sales. It only makes sense that a person should not be issued a lethal weapon until the best effort is made to determine he will use it responsibly.
The current three-day waiting period was not enough to keep a gun out of the hands of the man charged with the Emanuel AME shooting. If that time period was more reasonable, chances are the drug arrest on his record would have been uncovered and the sale would not have gone through. It is my understanding that there are currently bills in the S.C. House and Senate that would expand the waiting period to allow for a more complete background check.
We obviously have a problem. These bills address that problem. Why aren’t our legislators moving them forward? If they aren’t listening to 89 percent of their voters, to whom are they listening?
Unfair to Trump
On April 11, I attended the monthly meeting of the Charleston County GOP executive group. Various candidates for South Carolina delegate slots to the Republican National Convention spoke, asking for support.
Almost without exception the candidates’ vote-for-me pitch was to promise to vote for Sen. Ted Cruz, after dispatching their legal obligation to vote for Donald Trump on the first ballot. Several of the candidates revealed that they were running on this “NeverTrump” platform because, as they understand it, “this is what you all want,” meaning the Charleston County GOP, and apparently the state GOP, as well.
I was surprised, as my recollection is that Mr. Trump won an overwhelming plurality of the S. C. primary vote in practically every demographic, and that these Trump voters would seem to be morally owed something more than a perfunctory first ballot nod by the party regulars, even here in moderate Charleston County (where Trump was a close second behind Marco Rubio, but beat Cruz by 10 percentage points).
In the interest of transparency, I’m hoping that county GOP Chairman Larry Kobrovsky will explain to the 240,000 Trump voters in South Carolina what’s going on here.
Since no one at the meeting challenged these delegates, I’m assuming that their position is now that of the party leadership.
Shell Ring Circle