Stricter gun laws won’t stop violence
Published: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 23:09
The shooting at a Washington Navy Yard that left 13 dead, including the gun-wielding assailant, is being touted by the left as the most recent evidence for more gun control.
On Sept. 16, Aaron Alexis, a 34-year-old former Navy reservist and contractor, opened fire inside a headquarters building using a shotgun he had legally purchased sometime earlier.
It didn’t take long for liberals to capitalize on this tragedy, using it as a stair-step onto their anti-gun soap box.
Only hours after the incident occurred, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney spoke about the President Obama’s views on gun control after commenting on how any such talk would be “inappropriate.”
Carney said, “This is why we should take action to reduce gun violence.”
He went on to talk about what Congress should do to reduce gun violence, using the descriptive term “common sense” more than once.
Politicians on both sides of the argument are now gearing up for debate over gun control.
It is interesting to note that Carney and other Democrats say they want to address gun “violence” when their supposed solutions merely address the tools used in violent behavior.
That is not what I would call “common sense.”
It has been said time and time again, yet it still remains true: Stricter gun laws only hurt law-abiding citizens and do nothing to deter evil men who are determined to perpetuate violent acts.
The Navy Yard shooting, along with the other mass shootings that occurred in gun-free zones, should be case and point to this argument.
I do not know of any other place that could have had stricter gun laws than where this shooting occurred.
It happened in a city where guns are banned, on a military base where personnel, who are trained to operate firearms, are not allowed to carry weapons.
These people were defenseless, minus the staff security guards who were understaffed due to government budget cuts.
Out of all the things that failed that morning to stop Alexis, weak gun legislation was not one of them.
A flawed mental health system, lacking ways to identify and help those with conditions the like Alexis’ takes part of that blame, as well as the base security system that somehow failed to keep him out.
Ultimately, the blame should fall on Alexis himself.
In their efforts to address the issue, many people start blaming the victims or whomever they can instead of facing the fact that this world is evil.
It is full of evil men and women who will carry out evil actions regardless of the consequences.
As National Rifle Assocation and news commentator Billy Johnson puts it, U.S. lawmakers need to shift focus off of the “tools” of violence to study and react to the “logic of violence.”
Only then might we be effective in not only suppressing gun violence, but violence of all kinds.