You could almost see the steam coming from the head of our president during a press conference the other night. Just a few hours earlier, several people lost their lives to a crazy young man in yet another mass murder involving a firearm, and the president once again had to bring up the old topic of tighter gun control laws. One has to wonder if he and the rest of his liberal buddies will ever be satisfied with our gun control laws!! Probably not until there is a permanent ban on all guns in the United States. Just maybe that will make them happy!!
The fact that the president decided to partially blame lawmakers for this and other mass murders in this country because they will not pass tighter gun control laws is absolutely outrageous!! Just how would tighter gun control laws have prevented this and several other mass murders from happening? How are we to know that someone is mental head case and does not deserve to purchase a gun? The fact is that we have many tight gun control laws in this country. Ask the people of Chicago how those tough gun control laws are working out for them? Chicago is still one of the leading cities in homicide deaths by gunfire in the country. There are several areas with tight gun control laws and they continue to see an unbelievable level of gun violence. Oh sure, I suppose the criminals will follow the laws in trying to purchase a gun in this country. Sadly, some people actually are delusional enough to think that everyone will gladly follow our laws. I have news for those naive folks, it ain’t going to happen. Criminals will always get their guns and the law-abiding citizens who purchase guns legally will suffer.
The fact of the matter is that we need much more than tighter gun control laws, we need greater people control in this country. These mass murders by troubled individuals is a very disturbing trend that shows no sign of letting up. Some kid sees a violent mass murder at a school and thinks that it is very cool to do the same thing. He or she wants to be famous and feels the need to go out in a big blaze of glory. What is being addressed to have a greater knowledge of the warning signs for these individuals. Of course, their civil rights will probably be thought to be violated if they are targeted too much by law enforcement officers. In many of these mass murder cases, there are many warning signs that get bypassed and that needs to be change.
Our culture nowadays only feeds these troubled people. Many of these people are easily influenced by the stuff they see on television and the internet. This can only fuel the hate inside them. You have to wonder what type of upbringing these disturbed people come from. Obviously, they are not taught to respect by their parents, if they are even around!
Radically changing a basic constitutional right of all Americans is a totally naive way of approaching this troubling trend of violence in our country. Guns don’t kill people, the person behind the trigger is the one responsible. We need to take a very deep look into why more and more young people feel the need to commit such awful acts. Those who feel that producing tighter gun control laws is the answer are totally divorced from reality. Sadly, some of them are running this country.
Yes! That topic is back! It seems like whenever there is a mass shooting in this country, the topic of gun control surfaces. People are very outraged over the latest tragedy in Newton and many want all guns to be banned and the NRA to disband forever. Somebody has to be the scapegoat and it seems the NRA is a prime target of many people. I doubt that organization will be getting many Christmas cards this week! Many people have the immediate knee jerk reaction that we need tighter gun control laws but is that the solution to these mass shootings? I have my doubts and think there are a number of things that contribute. I will just discuss a few.
First of all, let’s look at the facts behind gun control. In states with strict gun control laws like Illinois, crime has actually increased in the past year. Just look at the violence taking place daily on the streets of Chicago and tell me how that strict gun control is working out. Colorado is another example and look what happened last summer with the theater shootings. There is absolutely no proof that increased gun control will cut down on the violence. None whatsoever. States with less gun control actually have less crime.
It is sad that many people in the media are not discussing our changing society as the reason behind many of these shootings. Look at the video games on the market these days. So many are filled with nothing but violence and kids start to get influenced at such an early age and it builds throughout their teenage years. Kids get the idea that a human life is about as valuable as some ant crawling across the floor. There is no question that video games along with many of the increasingly violent movies have a very negative impact on a person’s view of life and the world.
I find it very interesting that many of these mass shootings started as the internet started to take off in the mid 90’s. The first big publicized school shooting was the Joneboro, Arkansas event in 1998 and the Columbine shooting in 1999. I personally believe the internet plays a huge factor in influencing violence. Don’t get me wrong, I think the internet is a wonderful thing but it can be equally harmful for many people with all the negative stuff that is out there. People especially kids are very curious about things and the net can totally destroy the mind of a young person.
Lost in all this talk about gun control and violence is the role of families in this country. In any good society are people of good character and values. How do they achieve those good values and character? It is usually comes from being raised in a strong, stable family where the parents teach the children about right and wrong and discipline them when they go astray. It seems like more and more families are being split up these days and that will have a terrible impact on our society. Show me any gang member who commits violent acts and I will show you an individual who comes from a broken home. We all need to do our part in raising our kids the right way so they grow up to be good law abiding citizens. Even if you do not have children, you can always be a mentor to some kid. It is very unfortunate that many parents simply do not bother to spend time with their children because they are too busy pursuing their own interests or agendas.
Gun control certainly will be a hot topic in the next few weeks but let’s remember this. Guns don’t kill people, people kill people. You can ban all the guns you want but if anybody thinks that tighter controls will stop the violence, they are highly delusional. Criminals and people bent on causing destruction will always get their weapons. The real issues that should be discussed are the lack of morals, broken families, violent video games and movies in our country. Those are the real problems, not having too many guns or easy access to them.