More Shootings, Less Security

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Over the weekend, we heard of two mass shootings, one in El Paso and the other in Dayton, and people on both sides of the gun control issue are up in arms, if you’ll pardon the expression. And even if you don’t pardon it, I’m using it, so there. Pro-gun control advocates scream about needing tougher gun laws, up to and including confiscation. Pro-gun advocates scream about the Second Amendment and Leftists wanting to take away their guns.

And neither side is looking to change a thing.

To be quite clear on this, I am a Second Amendment supporter even though I don’t own nor should I own firearms. I do not advocate violence under most cases, and I definitely condemn any and all mass shootings. The fact I have to make this statement in the first place is indicative of the stupidity of the current political environment where an absence to condemn is “evidence” of support. But that’s neither here nor there.

There is something that has connected the clear majority of mass shootings over the past few years, but very few people have recognized it. Contrary to current sentiments, they weren’t all white nationalists, Republicans, Democrats, Leftists, Islamists, atheists, and most of the other descriptors being thrown about like candy at a parade. The connection is obvious, even stated, but not even considered when devising “solutions.”

The clear majority of recent mass shooters obtained their guns legally.

Think about that for a moment. The shooters all beat the system government put in place to protect us. And no one else sees this?

Right now, we have tens of thousands of gun laws on the books at every level from city to federal, so any gun owner who wants to legally own a gun have to run a gauntlet of regulations, background checks, and monetary investments just to get the government’s blessing. And yet, in spite of (or perhaps because of) this, people who perhaps shouldn’t be able to get own guns are getting and using them for nefarious purposes. And that’s not even taking into consideration those who circumvent the system altogether and obtain their guns illegally. For now, though, let’s deal with the legal path because that’s where the failure is more evident.

After so many recent public failures, one would think the first place people would look for answers is the system responsible for the failures. That’s where people familiar with the private sector (i.e. not Congresscritters) or common sense (i.e. not Congresscritters) would start, but that doesn’t work for pro-gun control folks. The system isn’t the problem; it’s the lax gun laws! And the solution? More gun laws! In other words, strengthening the system that continues to fail with deadly results.

The irony is the pro-gun control side says we can’t keep doing things the way we have been while being absolutely inflexible when it comes to what needs to be done. They aren’t willing to look at the system they’ve created and promoted as the solution to the gun violence problem as the problem that adds to the gun violence problem they’re allegedly trying to resolve. When you dig down into gun control, you see a lot of ideas, but not a lot of depth to them. It’s mainly catchy slogans, like “sensible gun control” with only occasional references to actual confiscation or making it harder/more expensive to get bullets or some other nonsensical options.

On the other side of the equation, anti-gun control folks don’t do the movement any favors by becoming live action examples of the caricatures gun control folks paint of all gun owners. Just because you can pack heat in public doesn’t mean it’s appropriate in every situation. Yes, I know shootings are happening in unlikely places, but most of the time you won’t need to draw and fire. And as much complaining as you do about what the hoops you have to jump through in order to get a firearm legally, I would think you would be the first ones to look at the system and want to do something about it.

Unfortunately, neither side wants to address the system. Gun control advocates want to keep their power and gun advocates want to keep their bone of contention against gun control. And of these two groups, I have more faith in the latter group to come to its senses sooner than the former. However, I will be glad to be proven wrong.

So, who wants to be the first person in power willing to take on the failed system in place? The lives you save from pushing for reform in this area will be more than worth the heat you’ll take by those who will reject it. 

Author: Thomas

I'm a small town boy living in the heart of Iowa watching the world go by with my wife and dog.