In the aftermath of the horrific mass murder at the black church in Charleston, South Carolina, people and institutions across the United States are taking action to address the toxic racial climate in this country and hopefully deter further murders of innocent people.
Some of the changes proposed and enacted have substance to them, especially those that include education and training programs for the unemployed and the underemployed in the cities, suburbs and rural areas of this mighty country.
Other proposals deal with symbols such as the Confederate flag and other relics left over from the painful days of slavery, Civil War and segregation. While it is high time to remove such symbols from state capitol buildings, courthouses and other public venues, doing so may accomplish little more than soothing citizens who feel offended by them.
Cracking down on gun sales
Authorities also seem to be cracking down on the sale and transfer of guns, hopefully to keep dangerous weapons out of the hands of people like Dylann Roof.
A recent example of stepped up enforcement of gun laws involves a case of unlicensed firearms trafficking in Alabama.
A 48-year-old man was convicted of dealing in guns without a federal firearms license and transferring a gun to a resident of a different state.
The defendant was doing business as a gun vendor on two websites considered “underground marketplaces” or “Darknet” sites because they were accessible only by shoppers using anonymous encrypted Internet browsing software.
Shipped them out of state
Investigators from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives negotiated the online purchase of two guns from the Alabama man, who agreed to ship them to Nebraska and New Jersey.
The Alabama man’s fingerprint was on the package sent to New Jersey and was used as evidence against him at his trial.
The seller has been linked to as many as 25 other gun sales. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for October 2015. He faces a possible 15 years in prison.
With the country still reeling from the atrocity in South Carolina, we can expect many more such gun cases in the days ahead.
Surely our political leaders and law enforcement authorities can find a way to keep guns away from the likes of Dylann Roof while respecting the rights of hunters, homeowners, gun collectors and other legitimate parties.