Gun Control – Needed or Not?
Random post here folks.
As I sit here reviewing some morning news feeds before I start my day, I cannot help but be shocked, concerned, saddened, and angry over all the crazy articles calling for gun control following the latest shooting at a Texas church.
I am deeply, deeply saddened by the tragic events of this past weekend’s shooting in Texas and I pray for all those that have lost loved ones or were injured by this senseless act of random terror. However, is gun ownership or gun possession really what this is about? I think not.
Most of the recent shootings, minus the randomly occurring gun violence throughout the world, has been the result of mentally ill or deeply stressed individuals who just happened to use a firearm as their preferred method of inducing death and destruction. The shooter (I will never give a shooter credit by saying their name) in Las Vegas this fall obtained guns legally and had been for many years a quiet recreational firearms owner Until…… So, what happened? The guns did not go off the deep end.
Another intriguing point that seems to be missed by our “neutral” media. The latest Texas shooting involved concerned citizens who came to the aid of the innocent people being gunned down inside their church – a place of holy refuge. These citizens just happened to be law abiding gun owners who engaged the shooter and chased him from the scene where he could have inflicted much more destruction. I do not know if it has been proven as yet if the citizens that engaged the shooter were responsible for the fatal gunshot that ended his life or not, but I think any of those church goers would say they are glad someone came to their aid. Maybe I am wrong.
Gun Control? I don’t know. Maybe, maybe not. Criminals will always find a way to obtain weapons – Gun control is not an answer in itself. There are so many other things that have to happen in my opinion for ANYTHING to change in this country regarding gun related violence and death by firearm.
My opinions, and they are only that – opinions, are that there needs to be much greater law enforcement in this country. People, we have to pay for protection! Cities, Counties, and States are being forced to cut law enforcement due to lack of funding and a variety of other reason. Safety costs money.
Secondly, I think there needs to a more responsible manufacture and distribution of weapons. Weapons are just too accessible in this country. People might argue that, that is gun control – not really. Is it really necessary to be able to walk into the largest discount retailer in the world and buy a firearm? I pulled it up on the website – cannot buy one from the web through a retailer, but is that where firearms should be marketed? I have nothing against this retailer at all – just that a discount retailer of every type of product and master of none should not be the place to buy a firearm. Additionally, to my point on manufacture. Why do we need such radical weaponry in this country? Now, I do not own a firearm, however, I am a strong Second Amendment supporter. I used to own firearms many years ago but just choose not to now. I know, I should not be criticising any gun owner if I don’t own……I’ve heard it all folks. It is a choice for me not to own a firearm. I support my friends, family, and any other legal gun owner in this country. I just think the manufacture of such sophisticated weaponry for the general public is where there needs to be some change.
Lastly, this country needs to find a way to better monitor and treat people at high risk for violence. Granted you never know when that will occur. Terrorists are not going to let us know when they are going to strike, however, most people or terrorists that are getting ready to strike exhibit changes in behavior or will make statements. Think back to the most recent shootings – most of them or all of them that I can recall now had changes in behavior, posts to social media, or other strange activities just before striking that someone should have noticed. We sure notice it when it involves a “known” terrorist group or “watched” group. I believe much more can be done than what is.
As I close, I want to leave one last comment, and it is very disturbing. Just after the events unfolded this past weekend in Texas, I was traveling home with my wife. As she was reading me some updates from the web regarding the shooting and some of the known details, I shook my head and said to her “yeah, the shooter is probably a young, white male, with a history violence or mental illness, and is or was likely abused”. That comment was several hours before any news hit the media regarding a profile of the shooter. It is a very disturbing thing to me, that a common guy like myself can guess with pretty good accuracy the likely profile of this type of crime. It’s really a very sad thing that we have come to this.
Lord have mercy on us all
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