I have been having long discussions with my peers and many in my community about the recent shootings. Not just what happened in
, but the shooting in
an Aurora, Colorado movie screening of Batman
, and the shooting that took place in a mall
. These shootings all have one thing in common: The reactionary
condemnation of inanimate objects, calls for government action, blame on political parties, and a complete lack of perspective.
We have a relatively peaceful society. Despite what many of my fellow ATSers may believe about America and her citizens, when something like these
tragedies occurs we are shocked, and rightly so, because the vast majority of us are decent people who cannot fathom the thought process that brings
people to commit such heinous crimes. We cannot rationalize what is irrational. One cannot make sense of the senseless. Often we resort to demonizing
what we feel
is the culprit for what has transpired, even if the facts are not known
All too often we ignore what works for what sounds good. The intentions are good, and everyone is looking for a method to prevent tragedy from
striking again. The fact is, lunatics, like the shooters in these stories, pick and choose their place to strike for various reasons. They are poorly
protected, they offer a confined area where victims can be easily picked off, and often suffer from documented mental health issues that authorities
are powerless to track.
Those of you that know me know that I do not support gun control, gun bans of any type, licensing, or registration. But I do support reforming how
background checks are conducted. Right now only FFLs are allowed access to the NICS system. That means private sellers can't run BGCs on private
buyers. Mental health records are also protected by law, so even if you have been adjudicated mentally ill, an already disqualifying status for buying
guns, the NICS system will not pick it up. Furthermore we do not arrest people for attempting to buy guns if they are a felon as there is no reporting
required by sellers to reports such attempts and there is no method to report the mentally disqualified either. Before we start talking about banning
stuff, which doesn't work, lets look at doing the hard work of addressing some of the problems inherent to the system already in place.
Screaming BAN IT! Does not solve the issue here. As a country we do not take mental health seriously. We do nothing to prevent these tragedies and
instead target issues that aren't even in the periphery. With economic hard times ahead, and a lack of enforcement on things that even staunch gun
rights supporters like myself agree with, it is no surprise that whack jobs like the ones discussed here are able to do so much harm to others. There
are reforms we can take to make a dent in the violence WITHOUT violating our right to arms.
Banning high cap magazines, "assault" rifles, and pistol grips will NOT help here at all. How do I know? Because Connecticut already bans these things
and it still happened. Chicago had a gun ban in place for decades and it has had the worst armed gang violence in the nation. Banning things does not
solve underlying problems. We need to change the way we treat mental health in this country. We need to strengthen the system of background checks
that have left gaping holes open for those who wish to do harm to have access to weapons. We have no enforcement against criminals and those
adjudicated mentally ill attempting to buy firearms.
We have to stop banning good people from arming themselves. Creating entire areas where people are totally defenseless does no good either. Because a
criminal or a nutjob is going to seek these places out to do their killing, it is imperative that we STOP creating free fire zones for these types.
It wasn't that long ago that America had zero armed violence in schools. What changed? How did we get here? There is something deep seeded in our
psyche, as a society, that has changed the dynamic. Our culture has changed and with it the manifestations of our criminal and mentally unstable
citizens have changed. Something has to be done. But the notion that one can control people by controlling things has got to stop. It's been tried it
Likewise creating a TSA for schools is also not the way to go. Because we are already on the verge of turning schools into prisons. The walls we build
to keep the bad people out will one day keep good people in. We must resist the attempts to destroy liberty for a false sense of security. We must
stave off the same mentality that brought the post-9/11 America to fruition, in order to prevent a post Sandy Hook America from materializing.
This Christmas there are going to be parents out there without their kids. There are toys under those Christmas trees wrapped, that will never be
opened. And it doesn't make sense. Because you can't make sense of the senseless.
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