With the recent shootings that took place in two places where Americans should always feel safe, a movie theater and a place of worship, those who live on the Gun Control bandwagon are undoubtedly taking full advantage of these recent events to promote their agendas. Is Gun Control Needed? First of all, let’s take a look at the history surrounding Gun Control and it’s effects over time.
We must first point out that clearly defined laws were broken in both of the recent cases. It is illegal to discharge a firearm in a movie theater, yet James Holmes did it anyway. He acquired his AR-15 legally but made an illegal modification to convert it to a fully automatic rifle. And while we’re on the subject, it is also illegal to open fire in a Mosque, yet that didn’t stop a man with ties to White Supremacy from doing so. While these tragedies took the lives of innocent Americans, it was not done so “legally”.
Those that believe that making it more difficult to purchase firearms will somehow make this situation better. The fact of the matter is, people who lose their grip on reality are not concerned with breaking laws in order to carry out their agendas. In fact, history has shown that thugs, criminals, psychopaths, and the just plain evil people of the world show absolutely no regard for laws when they go on their rampages of terror.
Let’s look at this in a very rational way that makes sense. If to ban guns would make our citizens safer, shouldn’t we also ban all knives and sharp objects as well? There are hundreds of deaths annually from these types of objects, yet they don’t receive the same press as guns do. While we’re at it we need to lower the speed limits on our nations highways to 15 miles per hour so there are no more traffic fatalities on our nation’s highways. We should most definitely prevent people from living in earthquake prone areas, but that doesn’t seem to carry any priority either. No, it’s just the poor ole firearm that carries the brunt of the wrap for the folks in the press and in government that just don’t get it. Tell you what we should do, let’s make owning and possessing a gun illegal in Washington DC. Thus encouraging would be criminals who carry guns illegally to basically take over with absolutely no fear of being shot back in defense. Here is a good read for data based on fact: ”On its initial publication in 1998, John R. Lott’s More Guns, Less Crime drew both lavish praise and heated criticism. More than a decade later, it continues to play a key role in ongoing arguments over gun-control laws: despite all the attacks by gun-control advocates, no one has ever been able to refute Lott’s simple, startling conclusion that more guns mean less crime. Relying on the most rigorously comprehensive data analysis ever conducted on crime statistics and right-to-carry laws, the book directly challenges common perceptions about the relationship of guns, crime, and violence. For this third edition, Lott draws on an additional ten years of data—including provocative analysis of the effects of gun bans in Chicago and Washington, D.C—that brings the book fully up to date and further bolsters its central contention.”
Is gun control needed? Most definitely to prevent recorded criminals from owning a firearm. But do we take the pistol away from the hard working husband with a wife and three children who wants to protect his family from the nut cases on the street? Absolutely not! Life on this planet can be a dangerous venture, and it’s been that way since the beginning of recorded time. People were killing each other on a grand scale long before the Chinese invented gunpowder. As much as we hate to admit it, it’s the Human Condition we must endure, not the tools some use to do harm.