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3 Thoughts on Gun Control

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.

4 Responses to “3 Thoughts on Gun Control”

  1. Ixnayonthetimmay December 22, 2012 at 12:03 PM #

    I’ve been thought­fully checking out mentally from the debate in light of the recent tragedy, because all I have been hearing from both sides are the same old bumper-sticker/facebook image talking points. I can’t really respond to all the stupid stuff being flung back and forth on my own, so it’s just been easier to keep mum about it, but it has prevented me from formu­lating my own thoughtful opinion on the matter.

    My political views are ideally anarcho-libertarian, but prac­ti­cally on a spectrum lying somewhere between that and where our government/society are now. I believe that it is a right for anyone to own whatever they want just as long as it isn’t used to bring harm to another person. Some may say I’m being disin­gen­uous to say that since guns are designed to bring harm to another person, but to say that ignores intent versus actual action. A car in the hands of a bad person can kill people; same with many things we are allowed to own.

    But the flipside is this. Though it is incon­sis­tent with the idealized views I have, I think that given that there are bad and crazy people out there, restricting the most dangerous amongst us from owning guns is probably a worthy goal. However it is never as simple as that, because much like with drugs and pirated media, simply outlawing it doesn’t make it go away. Thus like with drugs, I feel that instead of crim­i­nal­izing ownership/use and coming down with a heavy hand,he govern­ment would be best to focus on seeking out and helping the people most at risk for harmful use and only when they act to harm someone else (or are at an imminent risk) should their freedoms be deprived.

    P.S., statis­tics that cite other countries with stricter gun laws having lower gun violence are falla­cious, since they don’t look at violence overall. Though I don’t know the numbers off the top of my head, I bet attacks with knives and other weapons are more frequent per capita in Britain than here.

    • Alex Humphrey December 24, 2012 at 9:01 AM #

      As always, I deeply appre­ciate your thoughts, Tim. I think this is the big question, “Most people are basically going to do the right thing, but what do we do about people who won’t?”

      It’s a very difficult question to answer. Ulti­mately, dealing with those people either becomes something the govern­ment is heavily involved in (oblit­er­ating much of the consti­tu­tion to accom­plish this goal) or it becomes something the indi­vidual citizens band together and accom­plish (more or less without the hand of government).

  2. Mike Luna December 22, 2012 at 1:21 PM #

    One of the afternoon radio hosts on 105.3 has been vehe­mently arguing against gun ownership for about a month now, so I’ve been hearing a lot of this stuff.

    What really bothers me about his argument is that he wants all the guns to just go away, as if there’s some magic switch that will uninvent something that was invented thousands of years ago.

    It’s completely illogical and hardly anything resem­bling a solution.

    Person­ally, I don’t want or need to own a gun at this point in my life. That being said, I don’t really think it’s my business to just demand that gun owners give up their guns.

    I tend to fall in line with the thinking that, if you take them away from the good people, only the bad people will have them. There’s got to be a happy medium between nobody gets guns! and everybody gets guns!, though nobody seems partic­u­larly inter­ested in finding it.

    • Alex Humphrey December 24, 2012 at 9:03 AM #

      Very true. To create a true gun ban would require 100 years to complete (gathering all the guns, destroying them, etc). A solution, but is it realistic?

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