Are we ready yet?
After yet another mass killing by a bad guy with guns, are we ready?
After more kids have been terrorized and more innocent Americans have been killed, after yet another angry citizen decided to shoot up a group of average people in a seemingly safe place, are we finally ready to ask the question?
“Should we try to put some limits on the guns that people can legally wield in our country?”
Within a half hour of the most recent shooting, just like the last one and the one before that, I have heard NRA spokespersons giving the usual tired and empty explanations.
“If we make guns illegal, then people who are determined to do harm to others will just do it with illegal arms. Making guns illegal won’t stop all the violence.”
Well, duh, as the fifth grade would say.
No kidding; if you make something illegal, the bad guys will still find a way to do it.
If you pass a law to try to stop violence, you won’t actually stop every act of violence.
No shit, Sherlock.
Is this REALLY your best argument against sensible gun laws? Seriously?
OK, let’s take your argument to the next level, shall we?
Given that people continue to exceed the speed limit, even though there are laws defining that limit, we should just get rid of the law, and let people drive as fast as they possibly can on our crowded roadways. Sure, people will be killed, but what can we do?
Given that people continue to steal goods and money from others, even though there are laws making that behavior a crime, why don’t we just eliminate all of the laws against larceny? Sure, weaker people will be robbed blind by stronger ones, but what the hell? Laws can’t actually control behavior!
And how about this one? Given the fact that people continue to assemble in public places to protest against both government and special interests, even though there are countless laws, both old and new, which try to make those protests illegal, maybe we should get rid of all of them and just let people gather together and demand change. Making something illegal doesn’t mean that it will go away!
Let’s get rid of tax law, since everybody tries to get around it. Let’s get rid of all of the laws making violent crime illegal, since clearly there are still too many violent crimes.
NRA, is this SERIOUSLY your best argument?
Are we ready yet?
Before there is a shooting in my town, my church, my classroom, I am more than ready to bring up the topic of logical, sensible gun laws.