We wander down the lane of those that listen and those that might
if they did.
The problem is not guns it's the people that often are criminal to
start with that have them despite many layers of laws imposing
sanctions on their actions. It's real easy to blame the NRA. It's
also just that, the lame blame game. There is NO correlation
between guns and death that is unique to guns. There is a very
strong correlation between violence and death. Guns are a
means, not the cause.
People even make up stories about lax gun laws. Yet here in
the USA in Chitown where gun ownership is was banned, DC
and NYC too, yet bad guys do criminal things. Doesn't
work, never worked. Here in the volksreplubik of MA the laws
are draconian regarding guns yet criminals still hurt and maim
some with guns most without. The most common shootings
happen to be criminal on criminal and ignoring murder it's
illegal in all 50 states for a criminal to possess a firearm and in
many cases a weapon of any form. Generally the criminals
involved are out on bail or even parole.
So far the most horrid examples of violence were often committed
in one of two cases, in declared gun free zones (gee can't criminals
read) and by criminals on criminals. Like drugs which are illegal
yet any fool can easily buy them, banning guns will work at least
as well. Not going to work. Best example, prohibition, then we
only tried to ban booze.
As to gun play being "shocking, deplorable, preventable" We
react the same way to the first two, but prevention is best left to
jailing (not a slap on the wrist) the criminals and becoming s
elf aware enough to know the wolf exists and likes his sheep
docile and defenseless. Murder is still a capital crime and
carries one of the highest criminal sentences. Yet we have killers.
You do have violence I really don't care if its gun, machete, or
baseball bat in the bad guys hands it's still mayhem and death
about to happen. The first problem is violence and usually
unless it's a insurgency problem, the cause is local and criminal.
There is no 100% solution, look at all the shootings is England
and Austraila. Then look at the violence there, the non gun type.
Look at the people committing the crimes and not how. In the
end the kid that was busting heads then going on to robbing the
corner store and ends up moving on to bigger and worse criminal
activities before he/she either gets killed or finally incarcerated
for a long time.
Evil exists, it is the hand and the rest of the body holding a weapon.
It's not rational, nor frequently correctable or predictable. Most
people choose to wander through life and say it does not exist in
their realm, that is mostly due to statistical luck and faith in
fantasy. The choices are there, but the first step is be alert
and aware, avoid those places and times. When all else reaches
ends you may find you need a plan that does not include running.
If you say that will never happen, I offer the this, Virginia tech.
In life always, never, and can't often sneak up and get real
because they don't reflect the exception nor reality.
None of this is to say packing heat is a solution. For some it's
an unacceptable one and others are better off without anything
dangerous including a car. The reason is they all imply
responsibility and require being aware. In this case
responsibility is not who we blame but the obligation to
insure what they do is conducted safely without undue
risk to others.
Ponder that, going though life trying to not induce undue
risk on others.
As always keep the powder dry and the family safe.
Oh, I forgot what is YAAGT.. Yet Another Anti-Gun Troll.