Gun Control: The Slow Chipping Away

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Here we are, back in the great debate, the imposed gun control saddle again, after the heart-breaking and tragic school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

It is a heartbreaking story; there is no doubt about that.

Fifteen, sixteen, seventeen, and eighteen-year-old students are appearing on television program after television program, claiming this and that in their present emotional state. Sure, it is moving. All of it. Sure, we grieve for them, their classmates, the victims and families of that horrible situation. Sure, their pleas for change and help are courageous. Sure, we wish this did not happen and we feel for all involved.

But the gun did NOT shoot the kids and teachers that wretched day. The SYSTEM of Parkland failed to deal with a mentally ill individual, whom then shot, killed and injured teachers and students that day. He should have been properly dealt with long ago, by local and state authorities and this would have never happened. The gun did not go in and kill 17 innocent victims. The shooter, as we now know, was on local police and FBI radar. He was reported to police 39 times– over a seven-year period, previously held a gun to students’ heads, had sent multiple death threats. THE INDIVIDUAL did. And THAT is what needs to be dealt with.

How do we make our schools safer and/or hardened against crimes like this?

The school walkouts, the marches, and the interviews, with the students demands, have diverted and obfuscated the real issue and are giving a pass to all law enforcement, government agencies and other people of authority whom had ample opportunities to intervene. The main stream media has been complicit in advancing this narrative.

At present there has been and still is a pressing debate on gun control. This is the default position of the left whenever a tragedy of this kind occurs. It happens over and over again with each new mad man tragedy we face in our broken world. And that is the reality. Not everyone is happy in this world. We encounter people on a daily basis whom are unhappy, who are suffering. What can we do to help these people? This is a key resolve in preventing future tragedies. To not face this reality is like brushing the dirt under the rug. But this is the dirt that needs to be dealt with.

The individuals and groups vocally fighting for gun control are not thinking clearly, are missing the key issues of what needs to be worked on or changed, but greater maturity is always available in order to both problem solve in this situation AND fully live the tenets of our beautiful Constitution. Nor are they aware that on September 13, 1994, there already was an experiment on banning assault weapons. At that time, the United States Congress passed a 10-year ban on civilian use of certain semi-automatic firearms it defined as assault weapons, as well as certain ammunition magazines.

This ban followed the 1989 Stockton, California shooting when 34 children and one teacher were sadly shot, ending in the death of five children. The perpetrator used a semi-automatic AK-47 style rifle. In addition to this incident, the Luby’s Shooting in October 1991, which left 23 people dead and 27 wounded, was another factor. Last, the July 1, 1993 101 California Street shooting also contributed to the unprecedented passage of the ban. Eight people were killed and six were wounded. Two of the three firearms he used were TEC-9 semi-automatic handguns with Hellfire triggers.

The ban was completed in hopes of positive change, to have a positive and lasting effect.

But a 2004 critical review of firearms research by the National Research Council committee said that an academic study of the assault weapon ban “did not reveal any clear impacts on gun violence outcomes.”


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