The majority view in Mississippi on the issue of gun control remains that it means hitting the target at which one is aiming the weapon.
Following the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history at Virginia Tech University on April 16, the Bush administration and Congress began working to get states to participate in a federal program designed to keep the mentally ill from buying guns.
The U.S. House passed a bill last month, backed by the National Rifle Association, that would require state participation in the program and provide $750 million in funding for states over the next three years. The bill faces U.S. Senate action.
Mississippi’s delegation should join the NRA in backing this bill. It’s no panacea against gun crime, but it’s aimed at the right target.