#1. “Oregon has strict gun safety laws and the incident happened in Oregon, therefore gun laws don’t work.” No matter how many times another state or municipality is inserted into this framework it’s still the southbound product of a northbound bull. Not sure? Go to this report of a study of the subject.
#2. “The shooter was a ___________” Another dropping of “product.” I don’t care if the shooter was a bright green aubergine striped believer in the Great Pumpkin. The shooter was able to secure lethal firepower all too easily and the entities which allowed him to do so are not held accountable in any meaningful way.
#3. “It’s the parent’s responsibility to instruct and acculturate their children.” Yes, and too many have decided on instructing children in the use of firearms without teaching the elements of responsibility thereof and have begat another generation, some members of which think using a firearm is a way to vent, rage, and settle domestic disputes. Again – more bull “product.”
#4. “Banning guns leaves citizens unprotected.” More male bovine “product.” Really? Unprotected from what? Criminals? A gun in the home is more likely to be used in a crime, an accident, or a suicide than it will be to protect the Castle. Need some real information? Try here.
#5. “The shooter was mentally ill.” This piece of “product” usually comes up when the shooter is a white male. (Other shooters are Black (thugs), Muslim (terrorists) or if brownish (Un-American.) So, I ask, what was a mentally ill individual doing with a lethal weapon? Did a parent allow access? Did a store fail to run a background check? Did a private seller not perform due diligence? Did the state legislature decide that only those who have been adjudicated mentally ill would be precluded from obtaining lethal weapons?
Ok, enough of the NRA publicity points, enough southbound product of northbound bulls. We can, and should, make every effort to make our country safer. We will never achieve perfection, but if we listen to the demoralizing, defeatist ammosexuals we’ll never even try. We can do something:
- Require universal background checks for firearm purchases. All firearm purchases.
- Legislate to limit the practice of straw purchases of firearms.
- Legislate to limit the amount of purchases. One gun per month seems reasonable. A person would have every right to purchase guns, just not all at once.
- Limit the magazine capacity.
- Ban the sale of assault rifles. Soldiers need them, civilians don’t.
- Keep firearms out of the hands of domestic abusers and stalkers.
- Fund and assist scientific studies into the causation and effects of gun violence.
- Repeal liability immunity for gun manufacturers, in short make them as responsible for their product and any other manufacturers.
- Enact safe storage laws.
- Pledge to vote against any politician supported by the NRA, the Shooting Sports Foundation, Gun Owners of America, or any other manufacturing lobby promoting the sales of lethal weapons in this country.
If the defeatist, demoralizing, gun enthusiasts want to keep spouting their talking points, want to keep making excuses for doing nothing – fine, however I’m tired of their defeatism, their demoralization, their ranting, and their irrationality. We cannot achieve perfection, but we can certainly do something to make this country and its citizens safer.