posted on Aug, 18 2019 @ 09:13 PM
a reply to: Irishhaf
Politicians will always focus on the tools rather than the people because the tools don't vote. If the tools voted politicians would be kissing their
Its easy to blame the tools. The problem is that in order to do that you have to ignore hundreds of years of history. Those tools have been around and
in large numbers, easy to acquire and easy to use, for hundreds of years. The desire to inflict rampant violence at the drop of a hat is relatively
new. There have always been bad guys who commit violent crimes. I am not talking about the criminal that stands out as different from the rest of
society. I am talking about Joe Idiot down the street who flips out one day and decides killing a bunch of people in a grocery store is a good idea.
The thing is, he would do that regardless of what weapon he chose to use. London passed New York not that long ago in per capita murder amid some
stringent gun legislation. And its all happening with knives. So, of course, the liberal answer is to ban knives too. And when that fails to solve the
problem, ban the weapon of choice that day. Baseball bats, lead pipes, rocks, pointy sticks, whatever. Just keep banning the tools until by some
miracle you manage to change people's behaviour.
The big point many people try to make is that guns make it easier. I call bullsh*t. Drive a truck through a crowd of people. Rig up a bomb in a
pressure cooker. Hell, dip an M100 in plaster of paris and cover it in 1/8" ball bearings. You think that won't take down a small crowd? Guess
There will always be tools capable of taking large numbers of lives when held in certain hands. That has always been the case and it always will be.
It is the people that have changed. And this problem won't go away until people change again - this time for the better.