Things I Am Thinking About
Chris Reich, General Commentator
April 1, 2018
Are Guns the Problem?
Takeaway: There’s a big push to pass gun legislation and we need it. I don’t believe legislation will solve the problem of gun violence.
Since the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, there is a new push to restrict gun ownership. There are too many guns in the wrong hands. But will changing our gun laws do much to fix the epidemic of gun violence? I don’t think so. Our society is in love with guns and the violence that comes with them. I live in a community where people shoot guns for entertainment. We have given our military another massive budget increase and apparently unlimited time to kill people in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria. There isn’t mass reaction when the police use excessive and deadly force as they recently did in Sacramento. There is something wrong with our culture and new laws won’t change that.
Again, let’s be clear. I am not opposed to banning specific makes of firearms. Better background checks are a good thing. Raising the age at which a person can buy a gun to 21 might help a little. But unless there is a change in our relationship with guns, restrictive laws probably will not accomplish much.
Look up the CDC data on gun deaths and you’ll see a startling statistic. 2/3 of the gun deaths in the U.S. are suicides. I doubt many of those were carried out with an assault-style weapon. That statistic does say a lot about the mental health of the U.S. society. Right?
“Look up the CDC data on gun deaths and you’ll see a startling statistic. 2/3 of the gun deaths in the U.S. are suicides.”
I will say more about this over the next few weeks. If we can change the culture, we will do more good than legislation will acomplish. Perhaps legislation will cause us to think about our relationship with guns and maybe that too will change the culture. As long as violence is the answer, people will find a way to kill.
Here’s a Totally Unrelated Image from Chris
Our very “own” creek. It was really going in the fall of 2017.
Photograph by Chris Reich, TeachU, All rights reserved
That’s what I’m thinking about today. You may not agree with me but hopefully this might spur you to join the conversation.
Care to comment in the gray area? Comments welcome.
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