More Shooting Rampages, Still No Better Gun Control Laws
I completely agree with our Constitutional right to bear arms. Our forefathers made sure the right was on paper after being oppressed by a King and put under Marshall law. Taking away people’s weapons was one of the first things Hilter did to ensure he could control those he had overrun.
However, that doesn’t mean we need gun control laws so loose that the right can be used against us.
If You have to Take a Test to Get a Driver’s License. . .
Each state has their own regulations for finer points such as who can carry a concealed weapon and where but in order to actually get a permit for a gun its basically the same process across the board.
Here are the stipulations to getting a gun:
- Must be 21 or older
- Must not be a convicted felon (of course felonies committed as a juvie might not show up on a person’s record)
- No mental health record
- Sit tight through the waiting period of 2-3 days after filling out the paperwork
Yep it’s that easy to get yourself a blaster because its your right to get one.
The only problem is, the old saying is true ‘Guns Don’t Kill People, Stupid People with Guns Kill People’. We have to first pass a test and have a learner’s permit for a year before we can drive a vehicle on our own because cars are heavy machinery that can kill people.
So why aren’t there any mandatory tests before you can own a gun?
Even though its your right to own a gun, that doesn’t mean the rest of us should have to forfeit our safety in case let’s say, the person doesn’t know how to properly use the gun, or they actually are a criminal or they actually do have a mental problem.
It may surprise those that don’t pay attention but these individuals slip through the cracks at an alarming rate.
Fort Hood, Oregon Lab Shooting and the Orlando Office Shooting – All Within One Week
Anyone doubting the need for stricter gun control laws need only to look at the news from the past week to see why change is necessary.
Last week alone, between three tragic shooting rampages 16 people were killed and 37 people were wounded.
Here’s the scariest fact in regards to how loosely regulated gun ownership is:
According to the US National Institute of Mental Health, 26.2% of Americans have one or more diagnosable mental disorders, yet only 5% have ever seen a mental health professional.
Each one of the assailants in last weeks shootings were probably off their rockers. With exception of the Fort Hood shooting, it would be interesting to see when exactly the shooters obtained their weapons.
What Does America Think About the Issue?
A recent Ramussen Reports poll in October showed that:
- 50% of people oppose stricter gun control laws
- 39% of people support stricter gun control laws
- 11% of people are undecided
Of course, polls from this week may tell a different story.
Closing argument: We should have the right to bear arms in order to protect ourselves from organized oppression, defend ourselves and protect our property. However, ordinary citizens going about their daily lives shouldn’t have to forfeit their safety so that as many people as possible have the right to carry a weapon. A weapon operation test needs to be put in place, there needs to be a learner’s permit training and evaluation period and there needs to be a mental competency test. You can still get a gun if you want one, you just have to prove that you can own one responsibly.
Is that too much to ask?