It’s Past Time For Sensible, Intelligent Gun Control

If you listen to the Right Wing, Conservative, Pry the Gun From My Cold Fingers, segment of the political scene, odds are you think everything is fine and dandy in the Land of the Free and Armed. Maybe you think gun control is anti-American or unconstitutional and if you think these things, such is your right.

That does not however make you ‘Right’. 

I have never had an issue with people owning weapons who have a legitimate and legal reason to do so. 

It is the other people who I take issue with. Those for whom these weapons are a means to a violent, illegal end. Those who only reason for possessing a firearm is to kill other humans. You know who these people are; they make the news with terrifying regularity. Killing sprees in churches, malls, movie theaters, and town halls. The gang bangers, the drive by shooters, the ones who kill for thrill of having the power of life and death in their hands.

I take issue with violent, mentally ill people having access to weapons of any type and yes, if you have ‘anger management issues’ I think you have a mental condition which should bar you from ever owning a gun.

If you are a gun owner then it is your responsibility and duty to your community to make them secure so criminals, children, and those I have already mentioned cannot gain access to them. If you aren’t responsible enough to do that, then you certainly are not responsible enough to own a gun in the first place.  

I’m going to give links to the stories from just this week of senseless gun violence which could have been avoided through the use of sensible, intelligent laws and the repeal of dangerous legal standards such as stand your ground and conceal/carry.

Today:

Three killed in Indiana supermarket shooting -police

A gunman opened fire inside an Indiana supermarket on Wednesday evening, killing two women – a shopper and an employee – before being shot dead in a shootout with police, authorities said.

Source: Reuters

 

Mason Campbell, New Mexico school shooter, chose victims at random: cops

New Mexico state police believe the preteen assailant, armed with a shotgun taken from his Roswell home, planned his attack in advance of Tuesday’s shooting at Berrendo Middle School. The suspect, identified as Mason Campbell, faces three third-degree felony charges of aggravated battery.

Source: nydailynews.com

 

Police investigate 2 crashes involving gun violence

Police are investigating two separate car crashes on Saturday that both appear to be the result of the driver being shot

Source: ABC

 

There are many more. I did a simple Google search for “gun violence” to find these three examples.

17 thoughts on “It’s Past Time For Sensible, Intelligent Gun Control

  1. We had a case here in Pennsylvania last Friday where someone was chased down I-81 for twelve to fifteen miles, ran a person off the highway, then got out of their truck and shot the guy dead. No one knows why, and the person killed was on the phone to 911 when he was run off the road.

  2. So very well done! Reblog!! Right to the point! I have similar issues …. Why do the gun owners and believers of the second amendment fail to understand?

  3. Oh, baby, you are so preaching to the choir over here. I personally believe it’s high time to repeal the damn 2nd Amendment and ban all guns. But I also know I’m really on the fringe there, and that my beliefs on this issue aren’t realistic. (But I can dream.)

    1. It may come to a repeal one day but we should start things like universal background checks, limited magazines, and banning assault weapons.
      You know, all the things we should have had for years already.

  4. Hold on. Until these people commit atrocities, just exactly what are most of them? People owning weapons who have a legitimate and legal reason to do so, that’s who.

    In 1996 a man named Thomas Hamilton walked into a junior school in Dunblane, Scotland, with several firearms and gunned down 16 little children, most of whom were 5 years old, and their teacher, before turning one of his guns on himself. Hamilton held all his firearms, including automatic weapons, with full legality – holding firearms certificates for every one, which the local police Chief Constable had to personally sign. He was also a registered member of a local gun club, yet no-one seemed to show any concern about him owning his guns.

    How do you tell just who are “violent, mentally ill people” with firearms? Cases across the world, and particularly historically in the USA, those who have carried out gun atrocities have previously shown no indication of mental illness or anger management issues. Many indeed have been extremely disciplined, often ex-military. Both Lee Harvey Oswald and Charles Whitman (the Texas Bell Tower gunman) were former Marines, as have been a number of other murderers who used their training to carry out their crimes efficiently. Do we then treat any members of the US Marine Corps, former or serving, as suspect?

    Just as the vast majority of spree killers and serial killers are rarely the “crazed loners” sitting in their little rooms. Most are family men, or at the least in a relationship. Yet it is men living alone who immediately become suspect, despite presenting no danger to society. I am sure that there are many reading this will recognise that fact all too painfully.

    And this is where there is a direct correlation between the crazed gunman and the paedophile, or any other abusers. They are often extremely manipulative and charming and able to pull the wool over the eyes of others.

    As a Scot and not a US citizen, it is not my place to judge the Second Amendment. Indeed, a former Texan girlfriend of mine not only keeps a gun in her home, she has trophies for her marksmanship. If anyone comes through her door, it would be over very quickly for them.

    But when you talk of keeping guns from the mentally ill, I’m sorry Kira but I fail to see how you would ever achieve that without everyone buying or owning a gun undergoing a full psychological assessment, which may have to be repeated periodically. And if that were ever mooted, then I can hear the protests from the a-holes in the NRA and the Tea Party already.

    1. No, you are not going to catch every potential killer out there even with universal background checks, but giving authorities the ability to do such screening will bring more to light than the current system does, which is no often enough.
      Here in the US there is almost two guns for every person in the country. Naturally, not everyone owns those two guns, the are in the hands of a relatively small group.

      They are often unsecured which makes them accessible to children and criminals, two groups who should have the greatest difficulty obtaining weapons. Making gun owners responsible for those unsecured weapons would again reduce to number of them in homes.

      Also, can you give me one good reason why someone needs a 100 round magazine to target shoot or for self protection? I can’t. The Sandy Hook Shooter had high capacity magazines which allowed him to kill more children in a shorter amount of time. Children were able to escape when he needed to reload, which means more children saved the more times he reloaded, which would have happened if he had access only to smaller capacity magazines.

      The truth is, nothing is going to be 100%, not even a total ban. There isn’t a system developed by humans that cannot be bypassed by a determined individual. That’s really not the point though. All we can do and should do as a society is put responsible measures into place to reduce the risk as much as possible.

      1. On that you and I are agreed Kira; there never is going to be a 100% failsafe, and there is no need to have high power automatic weapons. However, modern handguns can kill just as effectively and those are the weapons most people own.

        I recall stating to one redneck Republican on the gun issue once “I do not believe in taking away the right of the citizen for sporting, for hunting and so forth, or for home defense. But I do believe that an AK-47, a machine gun, is not a sporting weapon or needed for defense of a home.”
        He replied that if you take away the right to automatic weapons, “you are already disarming people.”
        I replied, “Oh so you don’t agree with that statement I made then? Well, just for your information those are not my words but what your poster boy, Ronald Reagan, said on 6 February 1989.” 😉

      2. Ah, revisionist history, you just have to love it. Especially since it seems to be conservatives bread and butter these days.
        On the issue of handguns. Your right, most gun violence involves them. Again though, restricting the size of the clips they can use reduces the number and speed at which people can be mowed down. In the hands of a skilled user, maybe not much, but if it saved even one innocent life, isn’t it worth it? Just as with assault weapons, I cannot see the need for a 30 round magazine for a 9mm handgun. I owned one many years ago and I thought such things were excessive. If I can’t hit my target with nine rounds, I shouldn’t own a gun anyway. That’s just my thought on the matter.

  5. I am tired of saying this, but every time something tragic like this happens, the response is to clamor for more laws and giving the government more control over our lives. Has it stopped the violence? Not one iota!! For every “solution” more problems are generated as a result. I am not going to just stand by and wait for a solution because more laws and more control is not the way out. The only way to end hatred and violence is to practice non-violence every single day in thought, word and deed, just as Gandhi and MLK have tried to teach us by their examples. Please don’t let them to have died in vain.

    “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” -Mahatma Gandhi
    “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

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