Gun control

The recent (and very disturbing) campus shooting is already raising the controversial issue of gun control. I don’t know what the proper course of action is, but I do agree that something has to be done to stop this kind of behavior.

Michael Moore’s documentary Bowling For Columbine examines how American attitudes, not guns, are responsible for our high crime rates. We love violence. It leads every news program, it’s featured in most of our television shows and prominently displayed in most video games. We glorify violence through our celebrations of military might and unprovoked attacks on foreign countries.

Britain has some of the strongest gun control laws in the world, and with a population of 53,000,000 they recorded only 46 homicides with guns last year. In contrast, New York City has a population of 8,000,000 and recorded at least 579 gun homicides last year. It would seem that the numbers speak for themselves, but I feel that it’s a little more complicated than that. Canada has very high levels of gun ownership, yet they are not plagued with the kinds of problems that are commonplace in the states.

Now, a bit of honesty. We have a handgun in our home. I don’t like guns, but it belongs to my partner and I won’t say that I don’t feel a little safer just knowing it’s there.

The whole issue of violence always seems to boil down to a lack of respect for others. Regretfully, until America is willing to address that problem, I don’t expect our problem with gun violence to get any better.

Author: Brian

Blogger. Bookworm. Michael Jackson fanatic. Lives in Kentucky with partner of 11 years and three fabulous felines.

7 thoughts on “Gun control”

  1. I think that we have to find the root problem. Crime is not a problem. Crime is a symptom. We have to get to the heart of WHY people are committing crimes…and then address that. All the gun control laws in the world don’t matter when someone is desperate and they believe that committing a crime is the only way, or the easy way, to solve whatever the problem is.

    Thanks for a thought-provoking post!
    :)

    1. Because the elite want it this way. They control what you think, what you do, what you watch, how fast you drive, how much schholl costs, they indenture you to servitude via student loans for LIFE! they control EVERYTHING! Wake up. They want guins gone so they can control the last vestiges of human freedom! Take our guns and then….they OWN US.

  2. Thanks for the thoughts on gun control. My father was a hunter, I hunted partridge when I was a teenager. Hunting was the reason to have guns.

    I never had a gun around when my son lived at home.
    He was too curious to trust. I did not feel the need for having one either.

    However, my partner has a couple pistols and I’ve inherited a few of my father’s guns. I don’t know if its because of my age, because of increasing crime, because I live in a different state now, but I do like the option of having one if I need it. (Being able to find any ammunition is another matter!)

    I think Heather and you make some strong points… and I need to think about this some more…

  3. I have a german shepherd, so I don’t need a gun. :)

    In all seriousness, I don’t have a gun but I do plan on getting one. I think every woman should be trained on how to properly handle a firearm.

  4. I kind of agree with Heather, “we have to find the root of the problem”; I too grew up around guns. I do not own one. I have small children and I am not comfortable with one being in my house at this time. However, I think that part of the problem is what you were talking about on how we seem to view voilence. It does seem to be everywhere. I do not agree with Michael Moore’s prospective that “We glorify violence through our celebrations of military might and unprovoked attacks on foreign countries.” I do not think that is true. Attacks on foreign countries is all about Politics.
    I too grew up around guns and many family members loved to hunt and they ate what they hunt, it just wasn’t about the trophy. However, I remember being TAUGHT to respect the power of the gun and just what it was capable of doing. It was not a toy, you did not play around with it. You definitely did not use it’s power to hurt a living person.

    I think part of the problem is our total lack of respect of others. We fail to teach our children basic fundmental values and expect them to learn them in front of a TV where voilence is glorified and alot of times people who are injured come back to life. Also, video games, I think that parents should censor what they allow their kids to play. Some of those video games are very graphic but fail to allow the person to witness the devastation that REAL violence brings. That I believe lies the true root of the problem. Owning a gun doesn’t breed violence BUT lack of respect for human life does. But that is just my opinion.

  5. I, like most southerners, grew up around guns also. Heck, in our old house my dad kept a gun rack above the couch, although I’m sure the ammunition was kept in another location. I was taught not to mess with them, so I didn’t. I’m married to an avid hunter, so there are guns in our house now. One of my first gifts to him was a gun cabinet, so they could be kept under lock and key.

    You are all right, violence is everywhere. Coming from the Nintendo era, I was appalled to see some of the games that are popular now. (I guess I’m getting old). And the stuff on TV, we only have a basic satelite package, but when we get free HBO I really have to watch what my 4 year old takes in.

    I don’t think that gun control is the answer to problems like this. If someone is so delusional to do something as outrageous as what happened in Virginia they are not going to be swayed by the fact that it’s not legal for them to own a gun.

  6. You would not BELIEVE how hard it is to access mental health services in this country – and someone who would do what happened at VA Tech obviously needed them (and more than he could get at the student counseling services).

    I know people tried to get the guy into counseling, and people seem to have recognized that he was a danger…and I think the system failed us all here. There aren’t enough resources, the laws are not there to protect the public (they protect the person who may or may not be “crazy” from receiving unwanted treatment), and people who need help the most are the least likely to seek or accept it.

    It’s a HUGE issue, and unfortunately NOT the one being discussed on talk radio and TV. Alyson gets it – someone who would murder 33 people would not care whether owning a gun was legal or not.

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