FIrst, we must understand that there is a difference between gun control and gun prohibition. Put bluntly, prohibition doesn’t work. They tried that with alcoholic beverages in the roaring 20s. We are still trying it with cocaine, heroin, and meth. Prohibiting something simply fuels the desire for it and creates an underground marketplace controlled by criminal elements. Prohibiting guns has done the same thing where it has been tried. Look at Chicago and Detroit. Two cities with the toughest gun control laws and now the highest crime and murder rates in the country. Calling for gun prohibition simply confuses the issue and creates further resistance to those actions that may work to reduce events such as Las Vegas. It even brings out the crazies that want to grab a few headlines. One Democratic legislator recently said that “if no one had guns then the bad people would simply lay down their guns and go home”. Another elected idiot said that “all veterans are unstable and should not be allowed to have guns”. Now those statements take stupid to a new level and add nothing of value to solving the problem (s). Comments like that simply provide a series of distractions and increase resistance to positive change.
As one legislator recently commented, “you can’t regulate against evil”. The problem really isn’t guns. The problem is that our society has become so violent that the idea of using things as weapons against others is almost commonplace. Guns, knives, bombs, vehicles, rocks, bottles, and 2x4s are fair game in attacking police and looting stores. Maybe more effort should be made in finding why our culture has become so oriented to violence. Maybe that is one of the core problems, not guns or knives. Another core issue is identifying and treating those with emotional and/or mental problems. There is a stigma relating to those issues and families, and even doctors often hide those away with devastating subsequent results. We need to stop focusing on issues that are not core problems. This isn’t a police violence issue. Certainly, there is the occasional “bad cop” just like there are bad doctors, business leaders, and lawyers but by and large, cops are dedicated professionals and the last thing they want is violence. This isn’t a race matter. Over 90% of blacks that are killed are killed by other blacks. Those, like Sharpton and others, that want to make the violence into a race issue do a grave disservice to all Americans and most particularly to minorities.[su_spacer]
And, perhaps the most frightening core problem of all that we can identify, is that we continue to elect men and women to leadership positions that have their own agendas and do not have the best interest of our country and its citizens as a basis for their actions, or lack thereof.[su_spacer]