BUZ LIVINGSTON: Guns and the New Year: Looking forward and looking back

Published: Sunday, December 30, 2012 at 05:09 PM.

January derives its name from Janus, the Roman god of beginnings and endings. Ancient Romans paid homage to Janus when faced with life transitions. As the New Year rolls in, we can reflect on the past and make plans. 

Obscured by the horrific tragedy in Newtown, Conn., was a shooting at the Treasure Island Mall in Newport Beach, Calif.  Someone stupid with an automatic weapon busted off 50 rounds, fortunately missing everyone, ricochets included.  At my house it was a big deal; our son was shopping at Treasure Island shortly before the shooting.

Sure mental health screenings would reduce future mass shootings.  This strategy costs money and the mental health lobby doesn’t garner much financial support. Looking at our dysfunctional Congress, it seems a bit ironic to underfund mental health but we do. One of the easiest entitlements to cut is mental health; it’s reality.

Limiting magazine capacity is a more cost-effective way to reduce mass killings. Smaller magazines, fewer bullets — it’s math. 

A seven round semi-automatic sidearm, courtesy of John Browning, served my Uncle Bob well on Iwo Jima.  In Georgia, hunting regulations limit semi-automatic shotgun capacity — one in the chamber, two in the magazine.  By design, rifles used for large game don’t use high capacity magazines. Limitations on high capacity magazine are a non-issue for sportsmen.

We struggle keeping guns from people with mental health issues, so the least we can do is minimize potential damage.

People should be able to enjoy hunting. Our pretty grandbaby has outgrown one pink camo outfit but her daddy made sure she has one that fits. 

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