Earlier today three currently unidentified suspects shot up an office party at the Inland Regional Center, a facility that serves people with developmental disabilities in San Bernadino, California. And before the bodies were even warm, politicians were doing what they do best- politicizing another awful tragedy.
Every time something like this happens more talk of gun control comes up and more politicians begin begging for you to give them more power and take more of your rights away. They use the same talking points over and over again, claiming that if we only had more gun laws then these tragedies wouldn’t happen. I guess no one told them that California has the strictest gun laws than any other state in America.
A common argument to this is that it’s because the law is not federally put into place. There’s many countries in the world that do have strict federal gun laws-yet still a high rate of violence. The media tends to cherry pick countries that fit their narrative, without actually looking at the world as a whole. For instance, they usually bring up countries like Canada and Britain who have more gun control but less homicides than we do. They don’t like to talk about countries such as Switzerland, who has very relaxed gun laws yet a very low crime rate. Then on the contrary, Mexico who has very strict gun laws yet high crime rate. Brazil also has very strict gun laws, yet the homicide is three times higher than the homicide rate in America. Since liberals like to use Canada as their model for gun control, let’s talk about Canada. In the 1920’s, before Canada adopted any form of gun control, their homicide rate was 7% of the U.S rate. By 1986 when gun laws were adopted, Canada’s homicide rate was 35% of the United States.
Also, violent crime such as rape, assault, burglary, etc tend to be higher in countries that have stricter gun control. A theory on this would be because citizens who follow the law are able to obtain a gun legally and use it to protect themselves against these violent criminals.
So we can see there is no direct correlation with strict gun laws and lower rates of homicide and violence around the world. The media tries to pull up countries that are supposedly are more “developed” like us but in reality have little in common with us when it comes to diversity and often times geographical size. All countries are different and have different cultures. Laws often do little to change one country’s culture and social environment. Criminals will get guns if they want guns some way or another, and if not guns they will find another device to kill with.
Strict gun laws in many way hurt law abiding citizens. There have been numerous incidents such as Carol Bowne’s case, how she followed the law to get a gun legally to protect herself from an abusive ex-boyfriend, yet the waiting periods in New Jersey were so long to get a gun that she ran out of time. Her ex ended up stabbing her to death in her driveway.
People want to keep guns away from the mentally ill. It seems like a reasonable stance, but how do we determine who with a mental illness is a severe threat and who is not? 18.5% of Americans, almost one fifth, have some sort of mental illness. There’s many people who have a mental illness who don’t feel like going to shoot up a school. Are we really saying that we should deny 1/5th of Americans their constitutional rights because of a diagnosis? Also, leftists want to make it harder for people with felonies to get guns. Again, this seems like a reasonable stance, but sometimes kids make stupid mistakes that then lead to their rights being taken away as adults. For example, getting caught with a fake ID is a felony. There are plenty of teenagers who have fake ID’s, a very nonviolent crime. They shouldn’t be denied the right to have a gun because of disobeying a silly law in the first place.
“So we do nothing?” is a statement I often hear when I tell these facts to leftists. They say it in a tone as if somehow we people who are against gun control somehow don’t care about these mass murders that are happening. We all acknowledge there is a problem. Funny how most of these mass shootings happen in “gun free zones.” Criminals don’t follow laws so obviously gun free zones don’t mean anything to them. Allowing for more citizens to be able to legally conceal and carry could allow, and many cases have allowed for these killers to be stopped. Police usually take 10-15 minutes to arrive to the scene of a crime, and in that time who knows how many people a murderer could kill. Someone with a gun could stop this person in the meantime and avoid a lot more deaths. So yes I do think that these mass murders are a problem and shouldn’t be taken lightly. I am not however in favor of more oppressive and not useless gun laws that take the rights away from law abiding citizens.