I am not in favor of gun control. Not only because it is a right for us to own and carry arms but because there is no logic in them. Laws are created knowing that someone will break them. They are passed, not to prevent behavior, but rather because the behavior will, in fact, happen. Because it will happen a means must be created in code to manage what to do with such a person. Laws don’t stop people from speeding, raping, stealing, murdering. Since laws for all of these things exist and these behaviors still exist, we can clearly and logically see that laws cannot stop the thing from happening. A man willing to shoot hundreds of people isn’t going to rationalize that he cannot because murder is illegal, nor is he prevented from obtaining a means to carry out his murder just because the instrument is illegal.
In the Garden of Eden God gave Adam a commandment.
“And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” Genesis 2:16-17
He knew Adam would eat. He gave the law, he gave the punishment, in full expectation of the behavior. We should expect no less that our laws will be broken than God knew his would be.
“my colleagues and I at FiveThirtyEight spent three months analyzing all 33,000 lives ended by guns each year in the United States, and I wound up frustrated in a whole new way. We looked at what interventions might have saved those people, and the case for the policies I’d lobbied for crumbled when I examined the evidence.”
What about Australia?
Many point to Australia, who took guns, and their murder rate as the example of successful gun control. However, they must ignore the fact that the number of murders in the US fell at the same rate. In fact, as gun ownership in the United States has risen, the murder rate has dropped. The facts do not support the fiction that gun control is what is needed. The death toll in Vegas, while terribly tragic, happens monthly in Chicago, a place with some of the tightest gun laws in the nation. Criminals don’t care about gun laws.
But, much like an airplane crash gets a lot of attention even though flying is still safer than taking a car, because the death toll is high at a single event people think it’s worse than it is.
“I researched the strictly tightened gun laws in Britain and Australia and concluded that they didn’t prove much about what America’s policy should be. Neither nation experienced drops in mass shootings or other gun related-crime that could be attributed to their buybacks and bans. ”
No one needs an assault rifle!
For those of us who keep guns and learn about them we know that things like “assault rifles” don’t really exist. All guns are assault weapons, all guns are defense weapons. Assault rifles are a category created by Congress to describe a certain kind of feature. In all honestly it has more to with how a gun looks to them, than how it performs. The law allows guns much more deadly and powerful because they have a nice wooden stock instead of hard plastic. If it looks like it came with a GI Joe action figure congress calls it an assault rifle.
Those who shoot, can perform a tactical exchange on the magazine rather quickly meaning that limits there are also meaningless. Silencers, as the author points out, aren’t silent at all. It’s not “like the movies”.
The author of the below article comes up with the real root of the so-called gun problem in the US, “… I found the most hope in more narrowly tailored interventions. Potential suicide victims, women menaced by their abusive partners and kids swept up in street vendettas are all in danger from guns, but they each require different protections.”
Trump is literally a Nazi!
The conservative estimate is that there are more than 300,000,000 guns in the united states. Given those numbers and the right to bear arms codified in our Constitution and national psyche talking about restrictive gun laws is already a lost cause. An honest look at statistics shows that such laws aren’t effective.
If you are one of those people who run around saying Trump is a literal Nazi and the government can’t be trusted this is seems utterly foolish, set aside illogical, but utterly foolish, to want to take guns away from citizens and leave them only in the hands of the “literal Nazis”.
If you take guns away from the people then the government is the only one left with the guns. The 2nd amendment exists just so that won’t happen. Those who say things like, “you don’t need 30 rounds to hunt a deer” are playing word games. They know full-well the right to bear arms exists, not to hunt, but to overthrow our government should we need to. The Founding Fathers were not shy about this. I believe leftism is about power and control. I believe that is the actual root for their desire to ban guns.
Ban video games and movies!
While the left prattles on about gun control the right prattles on about how movies and video games have corrupted our youth. They talk about banning those and restricting access. Once again, they fail to recognize that behaviors are going to happen. For them it is also about control. The left thinks people shouldn’t have guns, so, don’t let the people decide this. The right thinks people shouldn’t play violent video games, so don’t let them decide this.
I’ve had the opportunity to speak with Lt. Col. Dave Grossman on this subject and he makes a compelling argument that there is a connection between video games and movies and at the very least the drama these killers create. Meaning, they may not be driven to kill by the media but how they go about killing is influenced. I recommend his book, “Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill” which goes into some details that I think will convince you of this connection in at least the cases he examines.
Though I do think some connection exists I do no believe that connection equals a mandate for the government to step in and ban these things. No matter how one slices it up banning things isn’t the answer. Criminals don’t care about laws. That much should be the low hanging fruit of common sense. If criminals kept the laws, they would not be criminals. It becomes a matter for the people, for parents, for consumers, not of laws.
Then what is the answer?
Nut jobs have always been with us. I don’t see them going away. But inasmuch as these crimes are being committed by nut jobs (that’s my impolitic term for the mentally ill) we should address that issue first. I use the term, “nut job” by the way, for a very specific reason. Not to be derogatory or mean to those with mental illness but rather to convey to the reader that these are people for whom normal logic and rules do not apply. I think when we say a person is mentally ill, or disturbed or some other term that glosses over the facts we don’t do the condition these people are in justice. We are talking about someone for whom the old terms “insane”, “nuts”, or “bat #%&* crazy” apply.
Stop thinking of these people as people who can be controlled with laws and reason. They aren’t. They are broken people who need fixed. Availability of the things that fix them will do far more than gun bans will to stop them. I’ve mentioned several times over the last few weeks that there is a difference between security and defense and that I believe it is government’s job to provide defense but our job to provide security. I believe that.
I first mentioned it in relation to TSA meaning that I think TSA should be replaced by private security and passengers should be empowered to affect their own security as needed. This is true of hotels. Hotels especially have long had their own security including what is colloquially known as the “house dick” or house detective. Government doesn’t need to step in and take guns. People can run their businesses in specific ways. People can arm themselves. More guns!, the heck you say? Yes, more guns.
There is one thing these people have in common, they aren’t looking for a fight. They aren’t looking to be confronted by police. They are looking to kill helpless people. When they are aware they cannot do this, they will go elsewhere for victims.
Oddly enough more guns is likely the best solution. More guns, and fewer violent movies and video games for youth.
That of course, does not cover a 64-year-old man. Video games didn’t exist when he was in his formative years. However, his father was a violent criminal and known sociopath. Which means the same rules likely applied during his formative years, violence begets violence. I feel strongly that the solution is to resist the urge to say “Congress has to do something!” and instead start thinking, each and everyone of us, “What can I do?” For each of us, there is an answer that fits us as individuals and as Americans.