Violence has existed for thousands of years, as noted in the biblical story about Cain killing Able, and it continues to this day with the USA alleged as one of the most violent nations on earth. Government studies identify high crime rate communities across this country, but, continue to struggle for solutions.
The latest tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut is stirring up the gun debate once again after more innocent lives have been lost. Viewpoints from all sides will hopefully insure that no workable solutions are overlooked. Current issues listed in the media are; background checks, magazine clip capacity and a ban on so called “assault” rifles.
Revoking public purchase of certain gun models and magazine clips is not the solution and will only create more bureaucratic and unenforceable federal laws. Mental illness is the prime denominator in mass shootings and effective deterrents must be designed to filter out such individuals before purchasing a weapon. Well-designed background checks can be widely more effective than gun bans.
Chicago is the best example of a community experiencing massive gun violence where state wide Concealed Carry is illegal. The staggering murder rate of over 500 people in 2012 illustrates banning guns for law abiding citizens only denies them self-protection. Criminals acquire most of their guns illegally and will continue to do so regardless of new laws banning assault rifles.
Gun ownership must begin with the integrity and responsibility of the prospective gun buyer. Background checks can serve as an effective deterrent to wrongful gun ownership. Taking away guns and accessories from law abiding citizens will only ignite a nightmare of illegal gun traffic like the out-of-control Mexican gun smuggling plus drug and illegal alien problems that exist today.
Vicious crimes originate in the mind of the perpetrator and a pro-active means is required to identify these individuals. No system is perfect, therefore, back up measures such as full scale electronic surveillance systems plus trained and armed personnel must be added to public institutions. It’s pitiful that we must take such measures; however, it appears that mass school shootings, bombings and community violence will continue.
The police can’t do it all and it’s the responsibility of ordinary citizens to become more involved and report any suspicious crime issues from suspected mentally deranged people, terrorists and other criminals. Let’s also help our law enforcement officials go after the criminals by supporting effective “background checks” that deter violence without more costly and ineffective gun legislation.
Do you have an idea…let’s hear it?