- Posted January 20, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Gun control debate: Background checks
- Congratulation Nawaz Sharif on your great Triumph in free and fair election of Pakistan.
- Unofficially, once again, Pakistan may become Dominion under British, if
- “Nawaz Sharif”, I endorse the future Prime Minister of Pakistan.
- Pakistan’s former President Pervez Musharraf should have Cashed his Chips and Run…
Banning Guns will not Stop another Tragedy.
Sandy Hook mass shooting and all other tragic incidents in the past have left feelings of emptiness in the hearts of love ones while they are still trying to hold onto their hopes and faiths. They have every right to blame on guns, government, society and demand of action to end gun violence. Family members will ponder the question for rest of their lives; why it happened to them and anyone else? Why our governing system fueled by trillions dollars failed to protect us?
Criminals and killers may be dead or in the jail, labeled insane, crazy, lunatic and mentally ill; it does not matter for the families and friends of the victims while police, attorneys, and judges will be busy producing a drama for justice for months to come. Will there be ever a real solution to gun violence and crimes or will be another game of blames, finger pointing, banning guns, expanding police force, media discussion, and false hope and yet ignoring the roots of real problems. All hopes of families of victims will be lost in frivolous law suites and fund raising to erect another memorial.
There may be unintended consequences of firearms in our societies but blaming the gun ownership is a mistake. Majority of guns owners may have different explanation for their reasons to own guns but they are responsible and legal owners who do not cause any harm by shooting around in their neighborhoods. Criminals with unregistered guns, irresponsible and people with severe mental illness may be the real problem.
With respect to mental illness, I wish that every mentally ill person be afforded an opportunity to be part of our normal society but unfortunately there is not enough funding available to accommodate the needs of mentally ill and their families. Instead of wasting funds banning and policing firearms for legal and responsible gun owners, we ought to provide all the necessary funding to treat mental illness and fighting violent criminals. We must emphasize on better accountability, training, safeguarding and safety measures for all type of firearms. All owners whom fail to register their firearms should be imposed heavy fines and penalties.
Enough is enough; we cannot afford to ignore another major problem of ongoing gang violence in poor urban neighborhoods where young adults are involved in gun violence on a daily basis which may be fueled by broken families, poverty, poor education and drugs.