June 14, 2016 2:14 pm -


It take much time and vetting to come to the United States, while it takes hours to get a gun.

Generally, immigrants can get a green card in the United States through one of four different routes: employment, certain family ties, refugee or asylee status, or the annual diversity lottery.

Individuals hoping to enter the country on permanent employment-based visas — which are capped at 140,000 visas per year — must wait a long period of time to apply for adjustment of status or an immigrant visa because of per-country limits set at 7 percent for each country. It also costs them about $580 for the initial labor certification, then anywhere between $720 and $985 to obtain the actual green card…

In Florida, the state where the tragic shooting occurred this weekend, there aren’t many restrictions on firearms — particularly compared to the restrictions in place in the immigration system.

According to the Law Center To Prevent Gun Violence, Florida does not license firearm owners; does not require a background check before private sales; does not require the registration of firearms; does not regulate assault weapons, 50 caliber rifles, or large ammunition magazines; and does not limit the number of firearms that can be bought in a single purchase.



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.