I have been asked several times how I feel about gun control, and considering I don’t live in America and we don’t have any issues with guns in the UK or Europe, I don’t hold a particularly strong opinion on the matter - so I’ve never really bothered answering those asks.
Anyhow, to put it simply,…
How would you feel if I told you that there are more than 30,000 gun control laws in the US?
Well I still feel exactly the same, because clearly your 30,000 gun control laws aren’t working well enough.
Then what are more laws going to do? Restrict those of us that follow the law more?
Yes, those are the consequences of laws. It’s like drug laws, someone can take cocaine once and they’ll be totally fine for the rest of their life, but there’s also the chance that someone will take cocaine and it will either a) result in their death or b) they’ll get addicted or c) both and that’s why cocaine is illegal and it has to applied to everyone - regardless of whether that’s convenient for you or not.
You may follow the law, and you may be responsible with a gun but there’s also the chance that someone too young/too mentally unstable is handling a gun and it can result in the injury/death of others.
Your arguments is basically, “well I’m a decent human being who wouldn’t harm others, so why should it be regulated/made illegal/whatever?” It’s like saying, “well I’d never murder someone, so why make murder illegal?” or “I’d never steal, so why make thievery illegal?”
Now I’m not saying you should make guns illegal, but there is definitely a need for much stricter regulation on who can have access to guns. For example, why on earth is a 9 year old handling a gun? This sort of thing should be illegal, and it’s frankly astounding to me that it isn’t.
The bottom line is, laws don’t exist to punish those that already abide by them, they’re there to make sure that those who would harm others are either deterred from doing so or can be held accountable and punished by the law.
You’re literally saying “Someone is breaking the laws that exist so we need to make new ones that will stop them.”
What will a gun control law do that murder laws don’t already do? I mean if someone is willing to commit murder they aren’t gonna care about the gun control laws they’re breaking.
It would at least lessen the horrific amount of school shootings you have every few months. I was honestly speechless and disgusted when I heard people wanting armed guards at schools, and having to train kids what to do if someone with a gun attacked.
These kids should be worrying about their fucking education, not whether they’re gonna be murdered or not.
And don’t claim it wouldn’t work. There was one, just one, bad school shooting here in Britain. We banned guns and there’s not been a single one since.
You know what’s funny? Legally armed people have stopped several mass shootings at schools…
So? I’d rather go to school without worrying if I’m gonna be shot.
Your far more likely to die in a car crash. The reason everyone fears this is the media talks about it using words like epidemic.
if you want to stop school shootings, take down those useless “GUN FREE ZONE” signs. All those do is tell a criminally insane asshole with a gun, “hey, nobody in here is armed, and the average police response time is ~23 minutes or so. It’ll be a shooting gallery, go for it”.
When 9/11 happened, everyone freaked out about the possibility of more planes being hijacked, so what did we do? We started putting armed air marshals on our planes. We put people with guns on planes. And everyone felt safer. I can guarantee nobody was going on a plane thinking “oh no someone with a gun is on this flight I could get shot.” It was more like, “if some radical muslim asshole tries to hijack this flight there will be a trained professional with a gun to stop him and save our lives.”
So why not do the same thing with schools? We’ll create a government program (look I’m creating jobs) where every teacher in america, and every college professor as well, will be required to go through firearms handling courses. Not forcing all of them to own and shoot guns, because god only knows how many of them would be opposed to that (especially the professors). But look at it this way. You’re a teacher, and a student walks into the classroom and for show and tell he brought his dad’s pistol since his dad leaves it unsecured. He’s waving it all around, not knowing whether or not it’s loaded, pointing it at his classmates and you. With your training now, you will know how to safely handle the gun after to take it away, and how to safely unload and clear it, then wait for the police to arrive to confiscate it.
And for those teachers who are up for it, we’ll go a step further. Free shooting classes, for pistols, shotguns and rifles for all educators, and even free concealed carry classes for teachers. Those who complete all that training will receive special cards allowing them to carry on campus (monitored of course by local law enforcement, they’re the ones who will decide which teachers they’ll allow to carry and hand out the cards). And take down those useless “GUN FREE ZONE” signs and instead put up some signs that say something to the effect of, “THE FACULTY ON THIS CAMPUS HAVE BEEN TRAINED TO HANDLE FIREARMS AND ARE AUTHORIZED TO CARRY ON CAMPUS, IF YOU ARE HERE WITH THE INTENT TO HARM INNOCENT LIFE, THEY ARE AUTHORIZED TO USE WHATEVER MEANS NECESSARY TO STOP YOU. HAVE A GOOD DAY.”
That’s my idea at least.