The myth about gun laws
Am I truly a knuckle dragging, gun toting, wrapped in the flag conservative Christian because I can not see how any new gun law would stop the mass shooting’s we have witnessed of late? Even as obama said we should enact gun laws similar to those in the country of Australia, there was a mass shooting incident in Australia. Then Hillary and a few Republican candidates for President jumped on the new gun law bandwagon, because they know very well that many voters do not understand the basic truth….that crazy people and criminals will NEVER obey any laws concerning guns!
If we just step back and look at the numbers they would show us that gun laws have no measurable effect on homicides by guns. In 1950 there were 7,020 gun related homicides and in 2012 16,692 even though there were more laws put in place between 1950 and 2012. This gives an indication that there is no correlation between gun laws and gun homicides. Or if we look at the city of Chicago which now has a 45% increase in gun homicides even though it has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the nation.
Why can’t people see there is no correlation between having more gun laws and a reduction in homicide by gun? The simple answer is because there is no black and white answer to solving the problem so people will grasp at any solution they are told will work. I believe the solution is complex and will involve something most people do not have patience.
I believe ‘we’ caused the increased amount of gun violence we are witness to today, and that it is based on our actions and inaction’s with regard to how we raised our children and in turn how they are now raising their children. If we go back to those figures we see an astronomical increase in gun homicides between 1950 and 2012, we must ask what has changed in our society during those years. I know you who have followed this blog have heard me say it before but… we see a definitive lack of respect for authority and a definite lack of morality in our society.
Little by little ‘we’ have either removed or allowed these cornerstones of society to be removed from each succeeding generation. We have allowed our government to dictate to families how to raise their children to the point that any discipline now is a practically a crime. We have allowed our government
to virtually remove any mention of religious morals from our schools and at the same time allowed our government to open the door to more and more violence and immorality on television and entertainment.
So is it any wonder our children and our children’s children have no sense of what is morally right? After more than 50 years of this gradual erosion of what our children see as right and wrong is it any wonder they think nothing of seeing someone shooting another person? We have created through our own inaction this society that thinks nothing of settling an argument with a bullet.
Our parents once said
you made your bed now sleep in it,
then we taught our children that they
do not need morality or respect,
now we have to live with the consequences.
Department of Justice homicide by gun numbers can be found at: http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/content/homicide/tables/totalstab.cfm
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