Today, the country was shaken, as we learned about the events that took place in Newtown, Connecticut. A gunman, a scary sounding title for such a coward, walked into an elementary school, and proceeded to to shoot and kill 26 people (6 adults and 20 children.). The horrific nature of this crime has injected a dose of terror into the American people, leading to many people calling for more strict gun laws. Sounds reasonable, right? Less guns on the street would mean less crime committed with guns, right? Over the las 5 years or so, there have been something like 20 mass shootings per year. Sounds horrifying to me, and this trend doesn’t seem to be slowing down either.
Well, as straight forward as that sounds, I would beg to differ. I do not believe that it is a easy as that. As a matter of fact, I think that is exactly the wrong thing to do.
We can look at the movie theater shooting that took place not long ago. The theater had a strict policy, no guns allowed on their property. That means that nobody, except the shooter, had a deadly weapon, with which he could inflict as much carnage as he wanted. I honestly believe that if that that policy was not in effect, and if even one person had a means to protect themselves against the shooter, things would have turned out very differently.
Now, to be clear, I am not going to preach about the second amendment, and all of that nonsense that you would hear a typical conservative spout off in a typical conversation about this topic. Let me make this clear; They are wrong. Owning a weapon is not exercising the second amendment. When you hear a conservative mention something like this, assume they are a member of a state held militia, and laugh to yourself when they get confused, for that is what the second amendment is actually about.
My point is this; by cracking down on gun laws, you make it more difficult for law abiding citizens to carry a weapon, with which they could protect themselves. To the criminal, however, they still have their guns, and will continue to acquire guns illegally (criminals don’t follow laws by definition.). By taking this route, the shooter has a higher ability to kill multiple people and inflict mass carnage, as the victims would be defenseless from those who wish to inflict harm upon them, not much different than the elementary students involved in today’s shooting.