Can Congress really stop mass shootings?

In the wake of yesterday’s horrible double mass shootings, a number of politicians made some rather interesting comments after offering their prayers and support for the communities involved. You guessed it, it was the need for Congress to finally act and do something to keep Americans safer. “We must act before more innocent lives are lost” was the common theme among nearly all those who made comments. Interestingly enough, our President was not among those who called for tighter gun control laws. All of the Democratic candidates running in 2020 were the ones calling for tighter measures. Never let some awful tragedy prevent you from scoring some cheap political points. My question is this. What can Congress do to stop these increasingly horrific events from happening? Do people really think that members of Congress can just wave some magic wand and stop gun violence across this country? What new laws can they pass that will prevent events like these from happening? I have some serious doubts that any new law will come close to stop the violence. Do you think for one minute that some deranged person or criminal will stop using a banned gun if it were outlawed? Where there is a will, there is a way.

Before I go any further, I would like to extend my deepest condolences and prayers to the victims families and the communities involved. These people killed are my fellow Americans and nobody should have to lose their life on some Saturday morning shopping trip. These events could have happened anywhere in the country including my or your hometown. I have blogged about too often about mass shootings and these events should never happen in the greatest country in the world.

Sure it would be nice to have a bunch of new laws that would make it almost impossible for some bad guy to get a gun. What new laws would have prevented these two killers from getting a gun in the first place? Is there some way to determine the mental capacity of someone who wants to purchase a firearm? These are some questions that I find would be very difficult to answer. Even if you had some prior criminal record and could not legally purchase a gun, there is a huge black market out there to get a weapon.

I find the biggest problem we are dealing with today is the culture of our country especially our young adults. We had the same number of guns some 20 years ago and never had the number of problems with guns and mass shootings that we are facing today. Does anyone see a correlation between the rise of the internet and social media and these awful events? It seems as though those troubled individuals are inspired by what they read and see on the internet. The recent mass shootings will only inspire other would be killers to do the same. Heck, the killers involved in yesterday’s shootings will be heroes to them.

The only way that you will ever stop gun violence in this country is to confiscate all the guns. By some estimates, that would be around 350 million guns. Good luck with that idea! I will say it myself, it is absolutely impossible to get rid of all those guns. Even if you did, the bad guys could still find other ways to kill. Making a bomb, that could blow up a whole building, could do even more harm in a quicker amount of time. Maybe we should consider banning certain materials that are involved in making a bomb.

Thinking that Congress and the government is the solution to preventing these mass shootings is being extremely delusional. Preventing these events from happening starts with normal everyday people like you and I. If we see something suspicious, we need to contact the authorities. Forget about offending someone. You might save several lives in the process. Put the ball in the court of the law enforcement agents.

Congress and many lawmakers will no doubt use these latest events to try and look good by saying that we need tighter gun control laws. I say that we need better people control laws. There are many good law abiding citizens who own guns and why should be they be penalized? There are far deeper issues involved in these mass killings and I hope our lawmakers can figure that out.




A very unlikely place for a mass shooting

When one thinks of places for a mass shooting to take place, heavily populated areas usually come to mind. I think of a large concert hall shopping mall or sports arena where many thousands of people are gathered. Any evil nut or terrorist would have a field day with that many people gathered together in such a short space. Usually those settings are in some larger city or area. I don’t know about you, but I never feel totally safe in those situations. Odds seem to be higher in those places that something bad will happen. Now on the other hand, if I were to attend any church service, especially one in some small rural area, I would feel extremely safe. In fact, there are very few places that I would feel safer. This is why last Sunday’s awful church shooting in Sutherland Texas is so shocking and disturbing. It is about the last place on earth that you would expect something like a mass shooting to happen.

I know for a fact that people of faith and church goers are becoming increasingly targets of violence. Never mind that many who attend church are people who are among the finest people we have living on this earth. So many want to make a huge positive difference in this world. Why on earth would someone want to shoot up a bunch of innocent people including many children in a small church? What exactly was their crime? The more I think about this awfully tragic story, the more it makes my heart sink.

The scary part of this story is that every one of us is a vulnerable person. You or I could have been shot and killed by this deranged person. If this is going to happen in some small rural area, it can happen anywhere in this country. Tomorrow is not a given for anyone. We could be sitting in our favorite restaurant with friends and having the time of our lives when suddenly, death comes knocking on the door. And believe me, more nut cases like this gentlemen are probably out there just waiting to snuff out more innocent lives.

Is there anything to make us safer and prevent these terrible incidents from happening again? Probably not. Evil people are going to find some way to strike whether it be with a gun, bomb, vehicle or knife. I hear people talk about how this event shows that we once again need stronger gun control laws. Instead of showing concern for the victim’s families, they seem to be more concerned with scoring cheap political points. The fact is there is very little any new law could have help in this case. A procedure in place was not followed and therefore, this madman was able to obtain a gun.

As a fellow church goer and person of faith, my thoughts and prayers go out to the many grieving families of the victims. America and the whole world are behind you guys. It is sad that in today’s society, attending a church service is not safe anymore, especially in a small rural area. Very sad indeed.