The Democratic Party and anti-gun organizations, in large part, would have constituents believe that passing more gun control legislation and infringing upon the 2nd Amendment rights of Americans, would curtail mass shootings and other homicides involving firearm, but their arguments are fundamentally flawed.
These organizations and politicos are under the assumption that those past criminals and current would be criminals that have not obeyed the existing laws would all of a sudden and magically abide by any future proposed legislation. Criminals, by definition do not obey the current laws. Are those in power naive enough to really believe that the criminals will obey the future laws?
This article is not intending to trivialize or downplay the horrors of mass shootings and other violent crimes, but is calling attention to the fact and truth that America does not have a gun problem, it has a social, mental health, lack of education, and oversight problem. Shifting the bulk of the blame from the perpetrator who takes their own life to the gun industry is ludicrous. The crimes are being committed by individuals and not the manufacturers, but when the individual is no longer with us to be punished, who is left to be held responsible?
Many of the perpetrators in recent mass shootings would not have had access to firearms had the owner properly secured them. Sharing information of poor and problematic military conduct of individuals by military agencies on a background check would have helped eliminate some recent mass shootings. It is a people problem. Those individuals and agencies are not promoting and providing responsible behavior and practices. It is not the gun’s fault or the manufacturer’s fault. It is the lack of efficient procedures, improper implementation of current procedures already in place, and lack of accountability of those in charge of existing processes that continuously allow horrific assaults on the innocent at large.
These same organizations and politicians say that guns kill people. A number of bills have been proposed in Congress to hold the firearms manufacturers responsible for the deaths when those same firearms are utilized in a commission of a crime. Using this logic, all manufacturers of silverware should be held responsible for the obesity rate in this country; manufacturers of pens and pencils should be held responsible for all of the spelling errors we come across every day, and all automotive manufacturers should be held responsible for all of the drunk driving deaths due to automobile accidents. The ridiculousness should be obvious. Guns are neither safe nor unsafe by themselves. When gun owners learn and practice responsible gun ownership, guns are safe.
The firearms manufacturers, the NRA, the USCCA, and a myriad of other gun industry agencies pour millions and millions of dollars every year into educating, promoting responsible and safe practices, and lobbying efforts to maintain American’s rights and yet the politicians would restrict the rights of Americans and remove free will instead of addressing the true contributing factors of crime. The myopic view that the media and politicians have does not reflect the reality. Rather than work with the firearms industry agencies to promote and institute a requirement of proper training for every American purchasing firearms and requiring continued proficiency testing, as police and veterans need to satisfy, politicians want to take the extreme action of eliminating guns and your rights.