Sunday, January 9, 2011

Take the Guns. Is that the Answer?

Gun control and the mention of Gun Laws are usually guaranteed to spark some heated conversations.  Individuals are usually very passionate in their beliefs.  With the tragedy that occurred in Arizona yesterday I guarantee there will be renewed and vigilant push for tighter control and more laws.  There will be ambassadors from each end of the spectrum taking their point of view to whoever will listen.  These scenarios play themselves out each and every there is a horrific act involving a gun.

A horrific situation like what occurred in Arizona is terrible.  The 9 year old girls that was shot killed, Christina Green, was an innocent bystander.  Her birthday was on a tragic history changing day, September 11, 2001 and the day of her death has also become a black mark on our history.  I can’t imagine what her family is going through.

Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold of Columbine infamy, Seung-Hui Cho (Virginia Tech), Mark David Champman ( Shot John Lennon) and John Hinckley (attempted to kill President Reagan) are all names of deranged lunatics who have committed senseless and shocking crimes with guns.  They have fueled the fire for gun control.  I can see it where it may be easy to hop onto the bandwagon in these cases.

However, the underlying issue here is yes the guns did facilitate the shootings.  But, these guns did not break free from their owners, run away and commit monstrous crimes.  The psychos behind the triggers killed the people.  To blame the gun would be along the same path of suing the pencil companies because you misspell words or as a comedian said blaming Playboy for his carpal tunnel.   At no time in history has a firearm loaded itself and attacked someone.  There is not one documented case of this, ever.

Gun laws are for law abiding citizens.  In the years of being a police officer I never, not one time, took a gun from someone that was obeying the law.  I took plenty from criminals.  The bottom line is the bad guys, the criminals and the nuts could not care less if there are guns law prohibiting them from doing whatever has landed in their twisted mind.  They don’t care.  Period.

There are more statistics available as to Concealed Carry laws, do they prevent or promote crimes than you can wrap your head around.  You can find them to render information in any direction you want.  There are plenty of news stories as to how a victim fought back because they were carrying.  Good for them.    The answer is not more laws or restrictions.  I am not sure if there is an answer or solution.  People have killed people since the beginning of time and will continue to do so till the end of time.  It is horrible and each case is a tragedy.  But, those who decide to commit these acts don’t care about laws, consequences of their actions or who they hurt.  Additional gun laws will never reduce the crime rate.
So, I ask you step back and think about the next time you hear about the push for “taking the guns”.  What you will really be losing is a constitutional right, not just you gun.  If there is a ban on guns, then only the criminals will have them.

1 comment:

  1. Nice piece. Iowa just passed in Nov. and it became effective Jan. 1, a law that makes it easier for the law-abiding population to carry handguns in the state. There are exceptions to this from what I understand, individual businesses can ban handguns in their establishments. I have always been pro-carry for concealed / unconcealed.