(PRWEB) July 25, 2012
The Batman shooting in Aurora, Colorado continues to send shockwaves throughout the Country, and one of the issues that is now being discussed is whether or not our Country’s gun control laws are doing enough to prevent situations like this from unfolding more often. According to WUSA 9, members of Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow Coalition met at the Magic Johnson Movie Theatre in Largo, Maryland, protesting for stronger gun control laws.
While situations like this certainly bring attention to these types of laws and the thought behind them, Maryland criminal attorney Maria Aspiazu is comfortable with the lengths the state of Maryland goes to control purchases of guns.
“I believe that Maryland has found a good legal framework that allows gun owners to keep their weapons, and the general public to feel they are not in the Wild West” Says Aspiazu. “Maryland requires a concealed weapons permit while allowing general possession of firearms to protect homes and businesses. It also makes sense what Maryland deems to be the safe way to transport firearms: unloaded and in a box. Compared to Virginia, where most adults can carry concealed weapons and may buy and sell guns whenever they please, and the highly regulated firearm possession laws in the District of Columbia, it is my opinion that Maryland has reached a good compromise.”
Debates about gun control laws typically follow events like this, and it remains to be seen if the massacre in Colorado will influence either state or federal law in any way. One way it could influence our everyday life is by making a common hangout a place of fear.
“Most Americans have spent hundreds of hours at the movies, sitting among complete strangers without a care in the world beyond what is being projected on that silver screen,” says Aspiazu. “Are we going to see metal detectors and security personnel in movie theaters? Is this development going to take more jobs away from teenagers and senior citizens? Will we start choosing seats strategically, as far away from exits and lines of fire as possible? Will we continue to let our kids go to the movies unchaperoned?”
The wrinkles that have emerged following from the shooting are numerous and extensive, but the gun control debate might be the biggest issue that arises from this situation. It will be interesting to see how, if at all, it changes the way Americans live their everyday lives.