1: The “Gun Issue” is complex (like a lot of things in life). Because people find it easy to turn on their TVs, they forget that they would have no idea how to make one. And is it really a “gun issue” or a “mass shooting” issue that bothers people?
2: Mass shootings are also complex and not the result of one issue. There is no ‘magic pill’ to fix it. Everything that one side blames that the other side makes fun of…..are almost all true to a degree. But again, short attention spans mean only knee-jerk, one note solutions appeal to people.
3: Legally owning guns is not only about hunting, or collecting, or range shooting. It is a belief that an armed populace is harder to enslave than an unarmed one. And if the people who could come kicking down your door to ‘black bag’ a loved one are carrying military weapons, do you want to try to match them with a single-shot hunting shotgun? And if you think: ‘it could never happen here’ remember who your president is.
4: Gun laws are ‘States Rights’ issues which means one state can be like NJ where you have to go through flaming hoops to get a gun (in NJ, even if you already have a Firearms ID card, buying a handgun requires a separate permit, additional fingerprinting, an application & fee, and takes a while to get. If approved the permit is good for only 45 days before it expires. And in NJ this process is the same for buying a 9mm Glock or a single-shot, smooth-bore, muzzle-loading flintlock or even an air pistol), or be like Florida, where….well you know. A reasonable Federal Law would not be a bad idea. (key word being ‘reasonable’) It makes no sense for registration to be so disparate from state to state.
5: People are generally hypocrites. They say they want solutions but if those solutions mean more restrictions, or higher taxes to pay for better programs, they balk. Think of the people who say “we need to protect the kids”………………...but if someone were to show that the BEST protection from mass shootings in schools was a system of seriously responding to reports of threats or threatening talk in conjunction with metal detectors, hallway cameras, smoke canisters, and communication links between teachers and law enforcement, would these people vote to have their local taxes go up to pay for the installation?
6: The NRA is a problem. I used to be a member until I saw through their lies. They just want money and to make that money they want free access to selling their product. Not unlike tobacco. There is more ‘theory’ than factual information on the causes for mass shootings because places like the CDC are legally prevented (through legislation backed by the NRA: the Dickey Amendment) from researching them. I’ll bet ‘big tobacco’ wishes they had been smart enough to have legislated against the studies that determined cigarettes cause cancer.
7: To deny the mental health aspect of mass shootings is as absurd as resisting reasonable gun registration.
8: To deny the societal aspect is equally absurd. Semi-automatic weapons have been around since the beginning of the 20th century. (Can you guess when the iconic Colt 1911 .45acp was invented?) How many mass shootings in schools occurred when semi-automatic weapons became available? I don’t remember worrying about it when I went to high school and I don't recall reading about mass school shootings during the gangster days in Chicago when FULLY AUTOMATIC Thompson machine guns were available. There have been big changes in our society since those days. Is there a pattern to the profile of mass shooters? Does that profile reflect something inherent in modern society? If it does, will people be willing to address those issues? What if the solution wasn’t a gun ban but a ban on the whole single-mom/baby-daddy trend? I’m not saying that’s the issue, but what if it was? Would people be willing to end this practice if it meant ‘protecting their kids’? (see #5)
What better way to conclude than with famous porn star Gigi Rivera and an AK47? A topless Mexican with a Russian automatic weapon? You gotta love it.