- Sparking a societal shift towards a safer world will occur only after acknowledging the real issues that contribute to gun violence.
Instead of simply blaming guns and supporting legislation to limit the 2nd amendment, we need to tackle this issue on a more sophisticated level.
We need to recognize that firearms account for less deaths than traffic accidents, alcohol/tobacco use and non-gun related assaults. It’s also worth noting that gun violence is trending downwards according to the FBI’s own statistics.
Considering that America bought 170 million new guns since 1991 and saw a subsequent decrease in gun related crime by 51% and 92% of mass shootings since 2009 occurred in “gun-free” zones, one can conclude that firearms themselves are not causing the problem.
The rate of violent crime in cities like Chicago, where stringent gun restrictions are the norm, substantiate that firearm regulations only serve to stifle law-abiding citizens.
In order to adequately tackle this issue we need to look past guns and find innovative solutions. The use of psychotropic drugs contributes to the problem. The lack of any value of life within society contributes to the problem. The lack of firearm education contributes to the problem.
If the establishment really wanted to curb gun violence they’d focus on legalizing marijuana, taxing it and using the profits to fund drug rehab facilities across the country. It may not seem related superficially but alcohol, methamphetamine, cocaine, crack cocaine, and PCP are all linked to violent behavior. If we can reduce violent behavior generally, we can reduce gun violence and part of reducing violent behavior includes reducing the abuse of substances that contribute to violence.
As it stands, a drug addicted psychopath can walk onto a “gun-free” college campus and start killing people without resistance.
That’s absolutely preposterous.
“Under the U.S. founding system of First Principles, a fundamental right of the people cannot be broadly burdened based upon the presumption people will fail to exercise it responsibly”
Just because there’s criminals doesn’t mean we lose our rights.
Removing one particular tool from a killer will not eradicate gun violence. The issue will solve itself only by changing culture so that it doesn’t breed as many killers in the first place.