Re: Assault/military style weapons - what we can do to control them
posted at 12/17/2012 2:31 PM EST
In response to CablesWyndBairn's comment:
I'd like to agree that some sort of higher form of gun regulation in the USA is the answer. And then I read that there are upwards of 200+ million guns out there in the country, a lot of which are on the black market. So if you want a gun, chances are you can get one. For lawful gun owners, it should come down to responsible gun ownership -- keeping your guns where other people cannot get them. But who can say that a lawful gun owner will never be involved in such a tragedy? Even lawful gun owners have used them for wrong in the past -- and not just owners of assault rifles. That being said, guns that this CT kid got, even though they were lawfully owned, were too readily accessible to him. If they were the mom's guns, how about trigger locks, locking them in a safe, etc?
I am not convinced that this country has the wherewithal or the stomach to do something about guns. There are a lot of people who like to hunt, target shoot, etc., who are responsible people and who keep their guns out of reach from those who shouldn't have access to them. And then there are those who see guns as all bad and want to outlaw them. How do you get those polarized groups together to have a productive dialog around the 2nd amendment and the fact that there may need to be some kind of change needed to keep movie theatre, mall and school shootings from happening? Even if there was a dialog, are the solutions that easy?
I see no panacea, and I firmly believe as soon as one political faction moves to open a dialog the other politcal faction will move as fast to reject it. We are a polarized country in lots of ways, and gun control is right up there. Look at the backlash that Obama got in some circles for speaking on the CT tragedy. He was accused of using the camera time for political gain. I see it as he is the President of the USA and HAD to address it and let the families know WE ARE ALL mourning with them.
The reason nothing will happen is because both sides are entrenched and neither will give on this issue. Either that, we'll get another Brady Bill or some other token legislation to appease everyone but that will have minimal effect and will not change things at all.
Yeah the country is polarized. But please, let's not use that as an excuse for apathy. If people like you (and there are millions of them) who are "resigned" to things not changing actually put pressure on the people who represent you, things could change. But you can't start with the assumption that nothing will ever change and then decide that therefore there's nothing you can do. You have more power than you think . . . if others who think like you also give up on giving up.