Is Gun Control Needed? Yes!
Ok, I’ve been quiet for a long time now but I must speak out on this issue. Gun control. We need gun control. I don’t know what form it will take or how it will be implemented but something has to be done. Now before you begin your rant saying “guns don’t kill people, people kill people.” Let me just say this – You are right! People do kill people but people with guns can kill a lot of people. If a deranged person decides to murder someone they are going to try to do it no matter what anyone says or what laws are in place to prevent it. The difference here is that this same deranged individual can kill 20 people with an automatic weapon in the same amount of time it takes to bludgeon someone to death with a baseball bat or stab someone to death with a butcher knife. Why do we want to give murderers the capability of killing so many people with such little effort? It makes no sense at all to put high powered weapons in the hands of anyone who wants them. Additionally, think of the fact that if a person is going to use some other means than a gun to kill someone, it requires them to be in close proximity to that person. With a gun it is possible to kill from across the street or down the block. A person can kill someone while driving by in a vehicle. A whole crowd of people can be taken out in a matter of seconds with an automatic weapon. The murderer can complete the heinous deed and be gone before anyone realizes what’s going on. How can we defend ourselves from such as this?
Recently a friend of mine said, in reference to the mass killing at Virginia Tech, “well, if everyone at Virginia Tech had been carrying guns that incident would never have happened.” Really?… Really?… Are you kidding me? Can you think of the mayhem that would ensue if this were the case? Let’s control guns by making sure that everyone is armed. I can’t even imagine how ludicrous this statement is. But, believe it or not, it is quite a common sentiment among the anti gun control group.
We must get a handle on the proliferation of guns in this country especially assault weapons and semiautomatic weapons. I believe that no one in the world, with the exception possibly of a military combatant, needs to possess an assault weapon, nor do they need to have access to a semiautomatic weapon of any sort. But, if a person is of the persuasion that they should have the right to own such a weapon, I propose that those weapons be strictly controlled, registered and locked away until needed.
Some say “well, there’s the black market… or, what if someone gives or lends an automatic weapon to a friend… what if someone steals a weapon. there are all sorts of ways for people to get weapons of this sort.” Ok, that’s possible but we must begin somewhere to get control of this situation. We need to be thinking of stringent gun control laws. We need mandatory, lengthy waiting periods with strict background checks in order to purchase a gun. Then, we need to place mandatory, stiff penalties on the improper transfer of a weapon to another person for any reason without going through proper channels.
Listen, I don’t hate guns. In fact, I once upon a time was a member of a rifle team. I think sport shooting is a great sport. I’m not a hunter but I believe in hunting for those who like to hunt. But, you don’t need an assault weapon nor a semiautomatic handgun for these things. If a person is a collector of guns and insists upon having assault weapons or semiautomatic hand guns I propose that they be required to keep these things under lock and key in a secure location away from their residence and that they be required to get a permit each time they are taken out. Frankly, I don’t know the full answer but I do know that something must be done!
Here are some facts:
On Friday morning, December 14, 2012, 27 people were shot and killed at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, CT. 18 of them were children.
July 20, 2012. 12 people shot and killed and 58 were wounded. During the midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora, CO.
May 29, 2012. 5 were shot and killed in Seattle, WA.
April 6, 2012. 5 black men shot and killed in Tulsa, Oklahoma
April 2, 2012. 7 were shot and at Oikos University in Oakland, CA.
October 14, 2011. 8 were shot to death in Seal Beach, CA.
September 6, 2011. 5 shot to death and 7 wounded Carson City, NV
January 8, 2011. Former Rep. Gabby Giffords (D-AZ) was shot in the head in Tucson, AZ. Six people died, 19 total were shot
August 3, 2010. 9 were shot to death in aHartford Beer Distributor in Manchester, CT .
November 5, 2009. 13 were shot to death and 29 wounded at the Fort Hood army base in Texas.
April 3, 2009. 13 people shot to death and 4 wounded in Binghamton, New York.
March 29, 2009. 8 people shot to death at the Pinelake Health and Rehab nursing home in Carthage, NC.
February 14, 2008. 6 shot to death and 21 wounded a lecture hall at Northern Illinois University.
February 7, 2008. 6 people shot to death and two were wounded at the City Hall in Kirkwood, Missouri.
December 5, 2007. 9 were shot to death and 4 in the Westroads Mall in Omaha, NE.
April 16, 2007. 32 people shot to death and 24 wounded at Virginia Tech. February 12, 2007. 5 shot to death and 4 wounded In Salt Lake City’s Trolley Square Mall.
October 2, 2006. 5 girls were shot to death and 6 wounded at an Amish schoolhouse in Lancaster, PA.
March 25, 2006. 7 were shot to death and 2 were wounded Capitol Hill in Seattle, WA..
March 21, 2005. 11 people were shot to death and 5 at Red Lake Senior High School.
March 12, 2005. 9 shot to death and 4 wounded at a Sheraton hotel in Brookfield, WI.
July 8, 2003. 7 shot to death and 7 wounded Meridian, MI.
September 15, 1999. 7 shot to death and 7 at a Christian rock concert and teen prayer rally at Wedgewood Baptist Church in Fort Worth, TX.
July 29, 1999. 12 people shot to death and 13 at two Atlanta day trading firms.
April 20, 1999. 13 people shot to death and 13 wounded at Colombine High School in Littleton, CO.
Just think of the lives that were lost. Innocent people… men… women… children… husbands, wives, mothers, fathers….in every one of these cases, and, believe me, this is not an exhaustive list, all because a deranged person had access to a powerful, semiautomatic weapon… Something must be done!