- Posted December 19, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Gun control debate: Background checks
My Simple Answer
Why did this happen? Many different questions will inevitably and rightfully follow when a horrific atrocity like the Sandy Hook shooting occurs. Who would have done such a thing? How can we stop this from happening again? What caused this? The answers to these questions are never simple, but always rather nuanced. Will banning “Assault Rifles” stop people in our country from killing each other? I doubt it—the will and psyche of someone who possess the capacity to murder 20 children will not stop because he now can’t get high-capacity “clips”.
And therein lay my biggest issue with the mentality that gun control laws are somehow the answer. Never mind that there are already severe penalties and numerous laws prohibiting murder. Never mind the colossal failure that the war on drugs has been (see how effective “bans” are). Never mind that Connecticut already has some of the strictest gun laws in the country.
Many liberal types like to point out how other countries have solved their murder problems with strict gun control. Those policies may work well in Japan, but this is not Japan. Our cultural values may seem somewhat similar on the surface, but the mentality of the Japanese or even the Brits or Aussies is very different and that is why those policies are effective in those countries.
Americans LOVE violence—just look at our media. We entertain ourselves with gun glamorizing Hollywood produced action movies, first-person shooter video games set sales records, football consists of basically chasing someone down and ramming them into the ground, and popular musical artists…well Chris Brown. Google him if you don’t know what I’m talking about.
Maybe we should look at more limitations to the 1st amendment.
The photo I attached is of my brother and I shooting trap at my parent’s house in Wyoming. Some guys play golf, I like to shoot. I am the son of loving, stable, and pro-gun, native Texans. I took sharp shooting classes as a kid, have hunted since I was 12, and I own several assault rifles including ones that would have been banned under the Brady act. The idea of using a gun maliciously has never crossed my mind, due in large part to how I was raised.
I think that there is no simple answer to why these mass shootings have been occurring. Banning “assault rifles” is a bit like Mayor Bloomberg thinking that limiting how much soda people can buy will stop New Yorkers from being fat. People in this country don’t need to be saved from themselves by the Government; they need to start being responsible for themselves and their families again.