Gun Control Demands
Posted by Jeff Condon on December 23, 2012
Liberals are in a froth over a new gun ban on semi-automatic rifles (fire once per trigger pull). While these are powerful and dangerous weapons, I flatly don’t believe this new ban will have any impact at all on violent crime. Like so many things from the unbiased media, I cannot see any logical path that achieves their stated intent of reducing public harm. A new regulation based on banning of one completely-fake classification of gun, can’t do much when there are so many smaller, faster, and more easily concealed weapons. Yes, the primary design purpose of an “assault weapon” is killing, but it is also the primary purpose of any pistol ever made. In reasonably practiced hands, pistols have more potential to be dangerous to the general public, just because of their size.
Sure you can ban “clips” or “high-capacity” magazines, but there are so many already available, how would that stop a crazy person from purchasing them? Of course it won’t. Small magazines might limit the number of people killed in one of those rampage style slaughters, but I doubt it actually would. Motivated people are smart enough to find a way. Mass injury is actually done quite effectively with knives in China, because gun ownership is not allowed and civilians are often too impoverished by the communist system to actually purchase an illegal gun. Tax the ammo is another “solution” offered, and all you do is make it expensive for good people to shoot and for the insane to accomplish the same thing.
There is another relevant secret in America, which is rarely reported by the unbiased media, our jails are full of people who suffer from psychological problems. I’m not just talking about criminal murderers, but everything in the spectrum of the low-functioning mind. From dimwits to violent outbursts to thieves to killers, the jails are a catch-all for people who cannot “think” of a better solution to their lives. Our jails have replaced our otherwise rudimentary mental health system, and today America imprisons more people than any other nation. Oddly enough, it is usually conservatives who primarily support this draconian system.
Yet our crime rates are still high. To me, it is an example of another government solution, which doesn’t really work.
Americans have a lot of money or at least that is what the world tells us. All of us can purchase an item for $1000 — if we really want it. We are not an island, can own boats and planes, and can travel on the ocean without restriction. Travel across a border is as easy as finding a vehicle. What would happen if we banned all guns in the US, not just a fabricated class of “assault weapons”? Would that stop criminals and gangs from owning weapons? Would that law stop anyone with intent, from finding a gun and taking revenge? I don’t think so, I think a complete gun ban would generally empower those with criminal intent, because they know that the victim is likely defenseless. Like the control aspect that psychologists say drives a rapist, a full ban probably even encourages some types of defective personalities to be violent.
We should never forget that despite their best intentions, the typical role of the police is not to protect you. They usually investigate, and subsequently ruin the life of whomever they decide did something wrong, well after the event actually occurred. Evidence of crime is perception based, so the rule of law is far more flexible than people in general typically grasp. The protection aspect of the police is therefore primarily driven by fear of their power. In practice, it is actually up to you to protect yourself. People of all viewpoints often make the same mistakes on this and demand more severe punishment to maximize an already frightening deterrent, without considering what sort of people actually violate the rules. The point is that when someone makes the decision that they have nothing left to live for, or to lesser extent that they want to commit an illegal act which they will get away with, the police and law for that matter become completely moot.
Do you need an “assault weapon” to protect yourself from what is essentially a person bent on kamakazi attack? Nope, any gun will do the same.
Will banning “assault weapons” protect our defenseless from attack? Nope.
Will a ban reduce the danger of the attacks? Nope, not according to the data.
Is it ok for everyone to carry a weapon? Nope.
This is the point where every article tells you that it is a “complex issue” and that lawmakers will be working on the solution. Trust me, their solution will be nothing but more government spending and crap. A useless weapons ban, with useless people to enforce it, etc… The NRA issued a statement regarding the recent murders, which while mostly reasonable, was flatly stupid in its solution. We cannot afford to place full time police in every school when we already overspend the government budget by stupidly large margins.
However, we do have teachers who are apparently willing to throw their bodies between guns and our children. We know that teachers are generally people who would never intentionally harm our most valuable assets, and they already protect them all day long. The leftists insist, against all forms of logic, that these same people remain unarmed. Amazingly, the left-leaning politicians further demand that all schools are gun-free zones, which of course applies only to law abiding citizens, including teachers and administrators. The situation is now obviously stupid to the point were it is dangerous, yet the same leftists react by demanding “gun bans”. How many times do you stick your finger in the empty light socket before you realize it is on?
It is obvious that America needs a proper mental health care system, as well as protection for our schools and public areas. Since a mental health system is more than a slow moving object, I demand reasonable and proper correction of the predictable outcome of the no-guns-at-school laws. I demand that an absolute minimum of two, trained first responder, concealed carry, teachers/administrators are on property at all times. I demand that my state-educated children are protected by armed and vetted “good guys”, whom we already pay for, at all times.
In my opinion, this is no longer a negotiable issue. When they are home, my children are protected by numerous child-safe firearms. Both they and you are safer from harm where I am sitting, than at my son’s elementary school, and that is a completely unacceptable situation. Even if the leftist media succeeds in creating support for a ban of all weapons including sharpened chopsticks, I demand the same thing. Gun-free policy has made the schools, stadiums and theaters the targets of choice, because everywhere else in America is personally dangerous to the untreated psychopaths who snap and wish to maximize law abiding citizen’s anguish.
Do what you will with gun bans, but remember that until we do something reasonable to physically “defend” our children, they are nothing more than low-hanging meat-targets for the insane.