LIMA — The United States may have reached a tipping point when it comes to gun control. The school shooting in Parkland, Florida on Valentines Day resulted in 17 people dead and a nation wondering what, if anything, can be done to keep something like this from happening again.
“I think what happened there was they got the youth involved and I think that may be the tipping point,” said Tom Baeumel, treasurer of the Tri-State Gun Collectors.
“When bad things happen, somebody wants to blame somebody, and it doesn’t happen in the right place, too many times and it seems like good people pay the price for those who make a wrong choice, instead of the accountability falling where that wrong choice happens,” said Jeff Schrock, of Wauseon, who attended the gun show Saturday at the Allen County Fairgrounds. “It’s frustrating because the good, law-abiding people are not a part of the problem.”
In the past, under former President Barack Obama, gun owners fretted that he would be coming for their guns. Ironically, it’s President Donald Trump that is raising concerns, along Ohio Governor John Kasich, a fellow Republican. Trump has proposed tougher gun safety regulations, and Kasich, just last week, backed a number of ways to strengthen gun laws.
The fairgrounds was packed with gun enthusiasts who were stocking up on weapons and ammunition they might not be able to get in the near future. AR-15s, which are often described as assault weapons, were seen on vendor tables as well as over the shoulder of buyers.
Whatever decisions are made regarding gun control, Schrock isn’t comfortable with any of the proposals to curtail his 2nd Amendment right.
“When we give in to any of it, it’s just another way to erode it,” he said.
Others, like Baeumel, sees some merits in some of the proposals out there.
“I think, first of all, they need to look at the background checks for mental issues. I think there’s room for improvement in that area. We can all live with that, and the gun enthusiasts can live with it too,” Baeumel said.
Banning bump stocks, a modification that turns an AR-15 into a rapid-fire weapon, was also something Baeumel would be alright with.
“I personally do not see a need for them,” he said.
He’s also in favor of raising the age to buy a gun or ammo to 21.
“That’s fine. I don’t have a problem with that at all,” he said.
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