Less Guns

Thinking out loud:

A number of Americans want more gun control.  Other nations are looking down their noses at us in horror as multiple killings hit the news.  Victims (understandably) are demanding change.

I won’t go over the statistics on guns again (please see previous posts).  Today we are going to ask questions?

How will we limit the number of guns?  Many of the mass killers have qualified to purchase guns under the current application process.  Should the application process be more stringent?  Should there be a mental evaluation for every gun purchase?  How about high taxation on guns?

Should we outlaw the sale of handguns?  Semiautomatic weapons? Sport weapons?  Any type of gun that is not used specifically for hunting?

If the country wants less guns, will we stand by and allow government officials go door to door to remove guns from our possession?  Will we require a forfeiture of weapons?  Who will be allowed to keep their guns?  Who will decide who can keep their guns?

Maybe we should make really harsh laws for gun owners who allow access to their guns – i.e. children who steal parent’s guns and kill someone – maybe the parents should rot in jail for life because their guns were accessible?

The long standing thought in America has been, “if you make guns illegal, only the criminals will have guns.”  Limiting “anything” in America has not been very successful.  We tried it with alcohol and that was a disaster.  We have tried it recently with sugar sodas and that didn’t go over well.  The one positive effort has been cigarette smoking.  Although smoking hasn’t been eliminated we have successfully stopped it in public areas and made it more difficult and expensive to buy cigarettes.

We have always been a nation with guns.  We can turn and begin limiting the number of guns but it will need to be well thought out, well planned and it will take a long steady effort with a great deal of patience and understanding from both sides.  300 million guns and counting.  Don’t expect it to change soon.  The hysterics of screaming “get rid of guns” is not helping.  It is too complicated an issue to make rash knee jerk reactions.  The situation can be improved but bully pulpiting is not the answer.



About Brian Fulmer

Brian is the owner of Crossroads Property Management Inc. (www.crossroadsproperty.com) He writes six blogs and has written two books. He also works with various missions around the world. His first love is Guatemala.
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2 Responses to Less Guns

  1. 3boxesofbs says:

    If the nation wants less firearms there is the solution in itself — the nation will buy less firearms.
    What is really being pushed is an element — a very small element — of the population is pushing not for fewer firearms but more restrictive legislation.

    There is a major difference. You don’t want sugary sodas; don’t drink them. But don’t pass a law limiting my access to them.
    Marko Kloos published a great blog post “Why the Gun is Civilization”

    Human beings only have two ways to deal with one another: reason and force. If you want me to do something for you, you have a choice of either convincing me via argument, or force me to do your bidding under threat of force. Every human interaction falls into one of those two categories, without exception. Reason or force, that’s it.

    When you pass a law limiting my rights; you are not using reason, you are using the force of the government. — Force backed up by firearms; fully automatic firearms of the government. So the very people who ‘want less guns’ are advocating the use of MORE guns.

    Should there be a mental evaluation for every gun purchase? How about high taxation on guns?

    You are exercising one of your rights – free speech – here; should you have to have a mental health evaluation before each blog post? How about before each conversation you have an home or in public?
    And before you claim it isn’t the same; free speech (Lynch that PERSON…Kill all the “X” ….) has been responsible for more deaths than firearms. Religion? How about a tax on going to church or not? Surely religion (see history) has been at the root of countless deaths?

    The issue is hidden when people focus on ‘firearms’ instead of the RIGHT to own and carry firearms. It is the Right which is being threaten — a right that pre-exists the Constitution.

    Nor does the focus on ‘firearms’ address why.

    Why is Chicago more violent than Fort Worth Texas ? Surely Fort Worth has more firearms, laws which are more lax, etc — so shouldn’t Fort Worth be the place to avoid instead of Chicago?

    Firearms aren’t the cause of crime, only the tool. Focus on getting rid of the causes and leave the firearms alone.

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