Thursday, January 17th, 2019

Why every journalism school should include a day at the local gun range



Automatic weapons are already effectively banned in this country.

The National Firearms Act of 1934, the Gun Control Act of 1968 and the Hughes Amendment in 1986 have all placed limits on how automatic guns can be bought and sold, but did not make it illegal to possess them entirely.

Purchasing one requires submitting fingerprints and photographs to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, going through an FBI criminal background check, and paying a $200 tax, among other requirements. Only automatic weapons manufactured and registered with the federal government before 1986 can be bought, owned and sold.

Let me propose a gun control law:

Until a journalist, opinion or otherwise, knows the difference between automatic and semiautomatic, they should not be allowed to comment on gun violence. Every journalism school in the country should require a trip to the local gun range for students to learn about the different guns and actually fire them.

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