- Posted January 25, 2013 by
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Gun control debate: Background checks
The Gun-Law Debate: My Take
I also understand the gun debate, from both sides. Both democrats and republicans want to get rid of gun violence, but both have a different way of looking at how to do it. I believe gun violence needs to be addressed, but I don't agree with what the current administration is doing.
SIGNING NEW LAWS WILL NOT LESSON GUN VIOLENCE.
Let's look at this rationally, please. The new gun laws signed by Executive Order (and even new proposed laws) will limit the types of guns that are legal, the amount of ammunition that can be purchased, and the amount of guns and ammunition someone is allowed to have. While that sounds good, how does it help stop shooting, crimes with guns, and mass-shooting? It makes no sense. I'll break down what I'm talking about:
The laws are about what is LEGAL when it comes to guns. So my question is:
- If a person decides to commit a crime (already illegal by law)
- That person decides to commit that crime with a gun (also already illegal)
- That crime involves bringing a gun into a gun free zone (also already illegal)
- That person decides to use said un, in said crime, in said gun-free zone and open fire on innocent civilians (also already illegal
- What the hell makes anyone think that if a person decides to do ALL OF THIS - which is already illegal - they will stop, before committing the crime, and say to themselves "hold on. New law. I can only have a hand gun and only seven bullets!"????
Does that make any sense? Gun laws are already in place and people chose to break them. How are these new gun laws going to change any of that?
THE PROBLEM: is not legal gun ownership. It's ILLEGAL gun ownership. Creating laws to make owning a gun, LEGALLY, harder doesn't do anything to combat the illegal gun trading, nor stop someone who intends to break all of those laws anyway.
So yes, I agree with the NRA and gun supporters that these laws don't make us safer and all they do is make it harder for law abiding citizens to own a gun if they choose to.
To stop gun violence, crimes, mass shootings, etc; you need to combat the illegal arms trading, clean up illegal gun ownership, get unregistered guns off the street, etc. It's just like drugs. Congress can sign all the pieces of paper on drug laws all they want, but drugs are still around, people are still selling/using drugs and people are dying from drugs.
Al law does ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to stop peopole from purposely breaking it. Enforcing the law also does nothing to stop those that intend to break it. They're looking at the gun problem the completely wrong way and these new laws will change absolutely nothing.