There are studies from both sides - all with statistics (and charts and graphs) "increased gun ownership means more killings" vs. "more handguns in the hands of private citizens prevents violence!" Yet what those studies don't tell you is they are generally based on association, pass Law X and you get Y Effect. But they don't tell you that the Y affect was solely because of X. Y could happen due to X but it could also happen due to changes in demographics, economics and other factors that have no bearing on Law X.
When it comes to gun violence, the media's focus is pulled understandingly towards the appalling mass shootings in community gathering places, schools and government buildings, where firearms are banned, and where all should be safe. Such events are indeed heart-rending.
But where the biggest loss of lives occur, on a daily basis, is in the cities, especially,the one where I make my home, one that has an incredibly high level of violent crime, even having some of the most strict gun laws on the books.
The media has often neglected to tell this tragic story, Yet the truth is that homicide in America is largely driven by day-to-day gun violence in poor, minority communities that the media fails to report. The majority of America's mass shootings don't happen on a college campus or in a movie theater. They happen at family cookouts, on basketball courts, and at block parties, in housing projects and in poor but tidy neighborhoods . They happen in places where I would not safely pass and in places where in broad daylight a mother believes her child is safe to walk to school.
For example, a total of 90 people were killed in mass shootings in 2012, including the horrific assault weapon massacre at a movie theater in Aurora, CO. That same year, 2,363 young people, mostly minorities were murdered in gang related homicides (www.nationalgangcenter.gov). In 2014, 82 people were shot in Chicago over the Fourth of July weekend alone. Most who are arrested with illegal weapons serve the absolute minimum sentence allowed by law and then are released.
More gun laws.
How simple is that. I'm all for reducing violent crime - why didn't I think of that?
Because the whole "murder is illegal" kept Columbine from happening, Newton, San Bernardino, Aurora, Fort Hood. Right?
So make it EXTRA illegal to have a firearm, or own a particular type, and that's sure to stop these mass murders in gun free zones and we can see a major shift in the loss of life in Chicago.
If you're going to follow THAT particular line of reasoning, - we need to look even beyond things we can buy.
Does that make sense to you?
Me either, that's just silly.
Firearms are currently the Pandora's Box of all political parties. The box is open - and you can't force it shut with by simply enacting further laws, added to the current laws which are neither followed or strictly enforced. We need to do more than blame the tool. We need to address the source of the lawlessness and the terror that's behind it, keeping our eyes open to the ideologies of those that wish to harm us, support proactive mental health assistance in this country, as we work as a community to support and establish programs that keep kids in school and off the streets.
All are equally important for sensible gun laws alone are not going to take care of the root cause behind the violence.
A piece of paper won't deter those who don't obey the laws - that's something we can never forget.(c) www.mausersandmuffins.blogspot.com