With the new upsurge in violence in the news this past year Americans have found themselves looking for answers to the ultimate question of “how do we stop this?”.
Some look at guns as the problem–with the increase of ownership directly reflecting on the number of incidents–others (that own guns) fire back that people are the problem and a gun is no different than a sword, knife, or baseball bat.
When one looks at the entire picture from a pragmatic angle one realizes that there may not be an easy solution and the people perpetuating the crimes would not necessarily be deterred if there was a harsher penalty levied for gun ownership.
One may even argue that tougher laws would serve to punish those who are responsible with their weapons and not the criminals committing the crimes.
What about self-defense as a solution?
I personally wonder if we were taught as a people how to deal with the threat of a lethal gunman if the casualties would decrease. Could a number of trained victims be on top of a coward with a semi-automatic in time to stop him/her or even slow the onslaught in time for others to escape?
Would people be open to this and would they agree to having mandatory drills inside schools and at workplaces taught by cops and military personnel on how to deal with deadly fire?
Gunmen rely on panic to wreak havoc and some of the power could be removed through education.
Why more gun control is a flawed notion
If the war on drugs, Prohibition of yesteryear and DUI laws were slowing crime then I would be on board with more gun control. Restrictions only seem to work on people who set out to obey the law; criminals will still pack and the biggest difference will be the difficulty in owning a legal weapon.
One can argue back that many foreign countries with gun control laws have only 1/10th of the United State’s mortality rate for people shot but a shift to be more like them would take alteration of the Constitution, a move to collect the endless number of guns that are already out there, and a few decades of adjustment. This would take entirely too long.
Other forms of attacks may persist
In the past we have seen mass destruction wrought from other sources than assault rifles. Take the guns away from a man desperate to suicide after taking lives and he will search online for the ingredients to make a bomb. Take the bomb instructions away and you have an incident like the one in China last week where a man assaulted 20+ children with a knife. Is there a solution?
I feel as if this is one of those questions where there is no solution outside of a band-aid to quiet the knee-jerk reaction of the communities involved. I also feel that we are in an age of Twitter and Facebook where these questions are asked when the terror is fresh but in a months time it will become old news. I hope in this instance that I am wrong.
Like I said before there is no easy answer to this but maybe one of you may get us close. So what do you think would work – realistically? I’m not talking about prayer (no offense intended) please share your thoughts in the commentary.See some words or phrases that you don't understand? Check out The Dragon's Lexicon.