Congresswoman-elect Lois Frankel would like to see new gun safety laws, but she thinks the objective will be extraordinarily difficult to achieve.
“I definitely think there should be stronger gun safety laws, including prohibiting the sale of assault weapons, probably banning the sale of certain magazines that allow you to fire a large amount of bullets. Closing the gun show loophole would be a good thing to do. I think those kinds of things,” she said in a telephone interview.
What critics refer to as the gun show loophole is the exemption from background checks for people who purchase weapons at gun shows.
“Now, what do I think is realistic? I think it’s going to require a huge push by the public to get the Congress to do anything. And maybe it will reenact what was done [the now-expired assault weapons ban] under the Clinton administration.
“I do feel strongly that we should do something. Even though there is not a magic wand to stop every crazy person…. I’ll give an analogy. When you prohibit people from driving while intoxicated, it doesn’t mean you’re not got to get anybody [driving drunk]…. Does that mean you shouldn’t have a law? No. You should have a law.
“If folks were prohibited from buying these assault weapons, the mother of this suspect that killed all these kids [in Connecticut], maybe she wouldn’t have had all those weapons in her house,” she said.
Frankel, a former Florida House Democratic leader and former mayor of West Palm Beach, is sworn in as the new member of Congress for the Broward-Palm Beach county 22nd District on Jan. 3.