A Time for Tighter Gun Control?

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.

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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.

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4 thoughts on “A Time for Tighter Gun Control?

  1. Wile this is a well argued post, I must disagree. A few years ago, I would have written the same exact thing. I argued against gun control for most of my adult life. I just don’t buy my old arguments anymore. There is an ocean of nuance between gun bans and total free for all.

    For example, fully automatic machine guns are totally legal in America. As are suppressors, short barreled shotguns, fully automatic pistol, etc. Nearly all small arms are legal in America. Those listed are “Class III” weapons, which require registration, extra background checks and a tax stamp from the ATF. I do not know of a single crime ever committed by a legally owned class III weapon. Ever. The extra control ensures that these firearms are used by normal and responsible people.

    We could just categorize all semi-automatic weapons are “Class III” or something near to it. It ensures full freedom of choice, but adds extra control.

    • That’s fair. I by no means support the law as it stands, and would agree that some of the loop holes need to be tidied up, such as gun shows and the likes. My argument is based off of some things I heard on multiple news channels about this being a turning point in the fight against private ownership of fire arms. While it is not based on the second amendment, Americans love their guns, and I do not believe that will ever change. We need to learn to adapt our society to a responsible ownership of firearms, not fight against them.

      Life isn’t so cut and dry, you know?

    • Also, I don’t know how I feel about assault weapons. I live in a region that happens to big time into hunting, and pro guns just goes with the territory. To me, it seems shaky, but at the same time, I can understand the novelty of the weapons we are talking about. In the right situation, nothing is wrong with them. I can understand a veteran wanting to go to the shooting rage and shoot one of the weapons he served with. I could think of many more. I think my previous reference to gun shows boils down to better background checks, and a better recognition of personality disorders in the purchasing process. We don’t need to outlaw these weapons, just be better about the sales of them.

      • This is what we need more of: a sane and non-argumentative discussion of how we deal with firearms in our society. I hope we see more of this in the weeks to come.

        You make good points, and I appreciate your reply.

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