Okay, too many people in America get shot.
We as Americans disagree on how to deal with this.
Some people seem to think that giving more people guns will help somehow. I don’t see how this will help at all. After Columbine (so long ago now), there was a large increase in posting armed police officers at schools. Doesn’t seem to have prevented any school shootings, but they do seem to hassle and arrest students.
Arming teachers is another suggestion, but it’s really just to distract people, so the government doesn’t actually have to respond to anything practical. The suggestion is so ludicrous it’s akin to expecting people to ignore a hippopotamus juggling knives on a unicycle entering while C-SPAN is on TV.
I live in an area where mostly law enforcement and criminals have guns. No one hunts, and realistically, a gun for self defense is more dangerous than not having one. People would be more likely to shoot their neighbor by accident than to shoot an intruder.
Crime, actually, is much lower than it was in the past-we just have more access to news about crime than we once did, so people are more aware of it, and are more likely to be fearful.
I’m aware that in other parts of the country, guns are much more of a part of the local culture. But at this point I don’t think the lives and safety of the people of this country are worth that.
We, in the common parlance, are a first world country. How many people are hunting for food? Those who are will need a suitable weapon, but you wouldn’t use a gun that fires multiple bullets a second for that purpose-it ruins the meat. So that leaves self defense-but since a gun stored in a safe way, i.e. unloaded and locked up, would be basically useless for that purpose unless you had advance notice, self defense is a moot point.
So then what do we have? People using guns for fun-but guns are weapons. Not toys.
Whatever dressing you put on them, guns are tools meant to kill, and some are meant to kill as many people as you can in as small a window of time as you can. That is what guns are for.
I see people grab at the Second Amendment, but we have made changes to the Constitution before, and those that wrote it suggested that the Constitution be revisited and revised for the changing times. When the Second Amendment was written, owning a gun was meant for a member of an organized militia.
(And this remained unchanged until Scalia’s idea in 2008, and I will express my opinion on Scalia thusly: PFFFFFFFFFFFT)
But also a gun at that time took a few minutes to reload, and could only fire one shot at a time. It was still a weapon, of course, but compared even to a modern handgun, the amount of people one could kill with one in a short time was small.
I feel a modern weapon would be the stuff of nightmares.
And, let’s be frank. Even the most well armed civilian isn’t going to be an obstacle to the American military, and to pretend otherwise is silly.
So no civilian has any real need for a gun, and going by what statistics and research we have available (the NRA famously lobbied against any research on gun violence until recently, and there is still a lot of work to be done), people are much more likely to kill themselves or be shot by their own weapon than to use it in a defensive manner.
Now I’m going to say something that is mostly likely going to offend people.
This doesn’t surprise me, because a lot of people are lazy, stupid, or care more about their ego and belief than what is actually true.
People keep loaded weapons in their couch cushions. That’s idiotic.
I recall a woman being shot by her toddler, due to the fact that she had a handgun in the backseat of her car with said toddler. The handgun was loaded with the safety off. Why anyone could possibly think that it was sane, much less safe, to leave a loaded handgun in the backseat of a car with a toddler riding in said car, astounds me. The woman in question did not die, but I do not know if she retained custody of her son. I have to hope not, because anyone with judgment that terrible should not be trusted with raising a child. The child could have shot himself, killed her, and then she very easily could have crashed the car and killed or injured other people. Because she couldn’t be bothered to put the safety on a handgun and put it in the glove compartment.
Just today I saw a story about a teenager taking a gun to school and accidentally shooting himself in the hand. Where is a teenager getting a handgun? Why did he take it to school? He should not have been able to have access to one. But he did.
Things like this shouldn’t be happening. But they do.
My other issue with this?
WE DON’T HAVE A GUN ISSUE-IT’S MENTAL ILLNESS!
- First off, this only seems to apply to when mass shooters are white men. All other acts of violence are terrorists or just thuggish.
- This makes mental illness scary. Media already makes mentally ill people scary-this doesn’t help. Police don’t know how to deal with mentally ill people as a rule, and the average person is largely ignorant about mental illness, so all that does is make mentally ill people targets.
- Okay, yes, we do need more access for mental health care, but this is just another distraction! Stop that!
This is so much smoke and mirrors, trying to cover up the fact that no other country on Earth with sufficient gun control has this issue. We have so much inconsistency with our access to guns, and then GUNS GUNS GUNS are so entrenched in our culture, especially for a lot of men.
And a lot of people are paying the price with their lives.
This isn’t acceptable.
In many states it’s harder to get a driver’s license than to buy a gun, and I’m of the opinion that no civilian should be able to buy a weapon that makes it easy to kill in a process that’s less complicated than getting a license to operate a car that will take them to work.