1. Most people with guns are good. Probably the most overlooked part of the debate. There is no evidence to suggest that gun ownership makes someone violent or more prone to using a gun. This is why gun advocates say things like, “guns don’t kill people”. They are afraid that the good people will lose their guns. But that still leaves us with the bad people, which leads into my next point.
2. Very few people need high powered rifles. A true ban of high-powered weapons would probably be a good thing. However, the logistics of a ban make it almost impossible. I’m not going to get into every detail, but this article explains why an assault weapons ban is almost impossible. The short version: either government has to ban almost every gun on the market (which no one but the extreme left would support) or they have to create meaningless bans that gun makers can easily get around (which no one should support but many will).
3. A hard look at the data suggests gun laws don’t reduce crime, but gun ownership does. Guns were created so that the 6 and a half foot, 300 pound men can’t walk into the house of the 4 foot nothing, 100 pound woman, rape her and take her stuff. They are the great equalizers. A knife can’t do that. Neither can words. Except for one, all mass shootings in recent history have happened in gun-free zones where the assailant knows he can make the biggest splash. In situations where an average citizen breaks the law and has a gun, these shootings are quickly cut short. Criminals aren’t stupid; they attack children because kids can’t defend themselves.
While there is some good to the idea of gun control, it’s a logistical nightmare for politicians, it doesn’t ultimately protect anyone, and the true data suggests that when more average, good citizens are armed, these tragedies don’t last as long and don’t harm nearly as many innocent.
These are my thoughts after listening to the two sides over the past few weeks and considering the realistic outcomes of either a gun ban or a return to the status quo. I do like the idea of having smaller clips, though I doubt that would make a significant difference in the tragedy in Connecticut where no one but the murderer was armed. I also like the idea of the average citizen being trained in the art of gun use, specifically cleaning, handling, and respecting guns. Could this help take off the stigma of guns or would it train up a generation of murderers I’m not sure, but I would like to continue to talk about the idea.
Let me know your thoughts in the comments.