It wasn’t more than hours after the tragic event in Las Vegas when many politicians tried to take advantage of the tragedy to score cheap political points. Last November’s big presidential loser, Hillary Clinton, blamed and attacked the National Rifle Association for this mass killing. Many politicians took little time in calling for tighter gun control laws. Late night comedians criticized politicians, mainly Republicans, for not doing anything to create new gun control laws. Yes, the same old tiring gun control debate has popped up again, no pun intended! Many people seem to feel that having tighter gun control laws will help prevent another Las Vegas tragedy from happening. But will they? This blogger feels that there is a deeper problem to deal with.
I can certainly appreciate people wanting to have a conversation about gun control and keeping Americans safe. No matter what your political beliefs may be, safety is an important issue for all Americans. But will having much tighter gun control laws will keep guns away from the bad guys? Has those tighter laws really worked in Chicago where the homicide rates have continued to reach extremely high levels? I am sure that some criminal will stop trying to get a semi-assault rifle because they are suddenly banned. There is such a thing called a black market where people can still obtain any type of firearm. It is hard for me to believe that tighter gun control laws will stop criminals from getting guns. There are just too many guns in this country and the world still available to regulate.
OK, let’s take away all the guns in this country. That will stop these horrible mass killings and life will be safe, right? If you still think that way, you are extremely delusional, my friend. People who want to do mass killings or harm may thousands of people can accomplish those means in many ways outside of using a firearm. A killer can use a bomb made easily with just a few ingredients. Or maybe or knife. Or perhaps a truck or a car. Imagine if the Las Vegas shooter had used a bomb instead? The death toll probably would have been much higher. Whenever, I go to an event with a large number of people assembled in a close area, my worry is not whether some sick individual has a gun, but perhaps they might have a suicide vest on. Mass killings and massacres can happen in many ways and guns are only a part of the problem. Maybe we should ban knifes, rice cookers and automobiles as well too, right?
What really frustrates me about these gun control discussions is that there is no talks about mental illness and the role it may cause. We do have a problem in this country with mental illness whether people want to admit it or not. A person who goes out and shoots a bunch of innocent people obviously has a mental disorder. The scary thing about these disorders is the fact that many are hidden. People with these disorders often seem perfectly normal humans until it is too late.
Our culture is another factor in these mass killings. We have shows and television programs that glorify killing and shooting people. The respect for human life is slowly diminishing. Video games are filled with violence. These things only adds fuel to a deranged mentally unstable person. Add some serious grievance the person may have to a certain group of people and you have the recipe for another mass killing.
Having tighter gun control laws will have a very minimal effect on preventing events such as the Las Vegas shootings from occurring in the future. It amazes me that these same politicians who scream and holler for tighter gun control in order to keep us safer are the same ones who do not have a problem with open borders and letting terrorists into the country. Sadly, many people do not understand that guns do not kill people, people kill people. Mental illness and our culture has a huge role in these killings as well. How are we going to deal with these issues as well?