Why is the weapon being demonized? What about the lack of morals? How about
the breakdown of the family unit? England banned firearms, yet they still have
the 2nd highest violent crime rate in Europe. Why didn't that ban work?
Now they want to ban long pointed knives. When will they realize that you
can't ban stupidity or legislate common sense.
Thank you for your courageous essay promoting a common sense approach to the
tragic circumstances that have plagued every aspect of our national life.
Whether it is a shopping mall in Salt Lake City, a university campus in
Virginia, a movie theatre in Colorado or a classroom full of first graders in
Connecticut, gun violence has intruded on the safety we used to feel.The gun rights supporters will be quick to point out that guns aren't the
problem, but people are the problem. And they are right. So let's do all
we can to prohibit those "people" who threaten our safety from getting
access to the guns that have been used to bring such sorrow and grief to out
citizens. The Constitution guarentees out right to bear arms but, as my father
used to say, with every right comes a responsibilty. And the responsible thing
for all of us to do is to support increased background checks that would stop
dangerous people from easily obtaining guns and jeopardizing the rights of law
abiding citizens who want access to guns for hunting, recreation or for thier
personlal safety. Support of such legislation is the responsible thing to do.
The real problem is violent behavior. Violent behavior is not caused by guns. By
promoting increased scrutiny of gun sales - which is not necessarily a bad thing
if done prudently - the author and others divert attention from the real
problem, which is a broad range of mental and emotional disorders in people. In
addition to ensuring that these people don't have easy access to weapons of
any kind, not just guns, we ought to understand what produces these kinds of
problems. When I look at articles about the recent mass shooters, I don't
see anything about how they were raised. Do they come from broken homes? Did
they spend more of their waking hours in day care centers than home when they
were growing up? How did they come to be so dysfunctional? What can we do
differently to reduce the ranks of the maladjusted and the mentally ill?
Amen! Congress is doing rhe bidding of the NRA and those of us who agree with
you are not showing up to vote and not making our voices heard.Re:MainlyMeThe FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports defines a
‘violent crime’ as one of four specific offenses: murder and
non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault."
By contrast, "the British definition includes all ‘crimes against the
person,’ including simple assaults, all robberies, and all ‘sexual
offenses,’ as opposed to the FBI, which only counts aggravated assaults
and ‘forcible rapes."The vast majority of violent crimes
are aggravated assaults, and this is a category that isn’t as well defined
as homicides, rapes and robberies.Our preliminary attempt to make an
apples-to-apples comparison shows a much smaller difference in violent crime
rates between the two countries, but criminologists say differences in how the
statistics are collected make it impossible to produce a truly valid comparison.
We rate the claim False.(Politifact)Furthermore--the homicide
rate in the U.S. is 4.8/100,000 while in the UK it is 1.2/100,000
How can you be so naive to think passing another law will fix the mass shooting
problem. The recent shooters at the Navy Base violated several laws already on
the books. They obviously don't care about following laws, they are evil
and evil people will never follow laws. If it were possible to get rid of all
guns, which it isn't do you think the evil would stop? No, they will use
some other means; bombs, vehicles, planes, etc. We can't enforce all the
laws on the books now, more won't help. Please wake up to reality.
I would support everything the writer has written, and I didn't even read
it, if I thought it would do anything to stop what he wants to stop. The number
of lives saved from the right to bear arms is far and away higher than the
number of lives that would be saved by implementing any policy outlined here or
anywhere else on capital hill. With all due respect, educating people about
their God-given rights and formulating a written policy from our leaders that
supports family life, prayer, and education will do infinitely more than a law
that does nothing more than lecture us that government has the answers, if you
will just get behind its efforts to take away a God-given right.
A study by Professor Michael Siegel at Boston University and two coauthors, has
been peer-reviewed and is forthcoming in the American Journal of Public Health.
Siegel and his colleagues compiled data on firearm homicides from all 50 states
from 1981-2010, the longest stretch of time ever studied in this fashion, and
set about seeing whether they could find any relationship between changes in gun
ownership and murder using guns over time.They found a robust
relationship between gun ownership and firearm homicide rates,They
found that states with higher levels of gun ownership had disproportionately
large numbers of deaths from firearm-related homicides. (Sept 2013)
Truthseeker: what percentage of those deaths are from suicide versus felony
homicides? Do those laws reduce gun-related crimes? How many crimes have been
averted because of those laws?
Every time a mass shooting/killing takes place we have this same
"discussion" and we get no where. For a certain portion of the
population, those who own and promote gun ownership, even those who do it
legally, are seen in a negative light because they seem reluctant to find a
solution and seem more devoted to their defensive position of staunchly
supporting their right to bear arms.It seems illogical to me that
those gun owners/supporters would not want to find a solution to a problem that
paints an unfair, negative picture of law abiding gun owners. By eliminating
the access of guns to those who should not have them for mental health or other
reasons, it will only enhance a strong gun rights position for those who choose
to own and use guns for lawful purposes. To refuse to even talk about solutions
is irresponsible. Yes, prayer, strengthening the family and
education should be promoted in the nation for more reasons than just violence,
but a discussion about how to limit or erase access to those guns by the wrong
people should also be part of our conversation.
Why have more background checks? They wouldn't have stopped any of the
recent shooters from getting the weapons because background checks only address
criminal records. Until we are prepared to address the mental
illness issue, we will not stop these killings, not even with 100% background
checks. We couldn't even stop them with a gun ban. These psychos would just
used a a different weapon, like bombs, or homemade guns.Deal with
the mental illness and you can make a real difference.
Background checks seemed to fail when it came to the killers in Aurora, Sandy
Hook and the Washington navy yard. Don't you think we just need to improve
on the background checks we already have in place before we expand them?
Well, it looks like the consensus of many is that if we cant fix the problem
100%, then there is no need to do anything. So, lets remove all
laws pertaining to drugs/alcohol, gambling and speeding, prostitution, and heck,
might as well add Murder to the list.
JoeBlow said it well. For those who live in a black and white all or
nothing world, if only the world were so simple.
I hate to break this to you Miriam, but our political leaders can't stop
gun violence. It's up to US.Our leaders can't be
everywhere at all times, and just making a law doesn't prevent bad-guys
from getting the weapons illegally. It's up to you and I to
prevent gun violence. We can't offload that responsibility to our
political leaders. Only YOU know if a family member is mentally disturbed or
would harm people if he got a gun. The Government doesn't know!WE... need to keep guns out of the hands of our family members that would
abuse that gun. Not the government.
All you naive people who think evil, criminals obey laws need to wake up. Evil
people don't go through the legal process to get their guns so adding more
laws won't help the problem. Pass all the laws you want about gun
ownership and it won't help, evil people will continue to get guns from the
black market or steel them themselves just like they always have done.One problem is there is nothing to deter an evil person from committing mass
murder by any means. The worst thing we can do to a mass murder is sentence them
to death which takes decades to accomplish. They just don't care about
their life; most of them are willing to give their life for their cause, and
many even commit suicide when they have finished their evil deed. Do you really
think they will care about any new laws you pass? Do you not realize murder is
illegal already? Let's wake up, the evil person is the problem not the
method they use to commit murder, mass or otherwise.
The right wing gun nuts have no intention of helping with this problem. They
have no solutions, no suggestions, no recommendations, other than "lock up
the crazies." But how do we know who's crazy and who isn't unless
we CHECK UP ON THEM when they try to buy a firearm? Their circular arguments
take us nowhere but back to the killing field.
The only obvious solution is more guns. Guns, guns for everyone!
Re:SEYThe study I cited looked at felony homicides, not suicides.
But they also noted:"Studies have shown that individual gun
ownership is related to an increased risk of being a homicide victim."But in a 2013 study, published in the American Journal of Epidemiology,
Dr.Matthew Miller and colleagues point out a striking statistic. In 2010, 22,000
people attempted suicide with a gun, and all but 2,000 were successful. If one
out of every 10 of those people used something other than a gun, about 1,900
additional people would have lived.AndA new study by a
coalition of gun-control groups, including Mayors Against Illegal Guns, found
that in states that have implemented "stand your ground" laws, the
number of justifiable homicides has skyrocketed.The rate is up 53
percent in 22 states, according to the study. In Florida, the average annual
rate is up 200 percent. In states that do not have those laws, the rate has
Irony Guy,The "right wing gun nutz" may not have the solution, but
neither does the government worshiping left.Like you lamented...
"how do we know who's crazy and who isn't unless we CHECK UP ON
THEM". How does the Government know they are crazy? They don't.
They can't! And if the government tries to identify every nut
who doesn't deserve 2nd amendment rights... it's very subject to abuse
(labeling someone "unfit" for speaking out on Common Core, or attending
a tea party rally, etc).IMO the government CAN'T know every
person's mental state. But WE KNOW when people we live with are unstable.
Think about it... in every case we've had lately, the perpetrator got the
weapon after passing a background check... PASSING! OR... they got the weapon
from their parents (or other relative). IMO the Parents, wives,
etc, should have known they were unstable and prevented their access to guns
(the government can't check on every citizen as frequently as we should
check on the mental state of our own children, parents, etc).Don't allow unstable children access to guns. Whether they bought,
borrowed or stole them.
In 2010, 31,076 Americans died of gunshot wounds. 73,505 were treated at
hospitals and survived.In 2009, 30,797 Americans died in traffic
accidents. No information on injured who survived.Very interesting
JoeBlow"Well, it looks like the consensus of many is that if we
cant fix the problem 100%, then there is no need to do anything."That is a big wrest from, "we will not stop these killings, not even with
100% background checks."NOt even close to what I said. I am in favor of addressing the problem, which mental illness. If we can have
the NSA spying on our every call and internet click, surely it isn't too
much to have mental illness logged.Just think, here in little
ol' Salt Lake City, we just had a mass murder averted by preemptive
intervention for someone recognized as mentally ill. So let's
do more of that, because it works!
How many law-abiding citizens have used firearms to commit a crime? The answer
is obvious. There are NO lawabiding citizens who commit crimes, with or without
a firearm, yet look at how many people want to take away the freedoms of
law-abiding citizens to somehow keep criminals from committing crimes. Is there
anything more preposterous? Why not just enforce martial law and keep everyone
off the streets? Why not just require somekind of "pass" before
we're allowed to mingle with society?People cause crimes. If
they don't use a gun, they will use a knife or a baseball bat. Criminals
don't obey laws. Passing more laws won't turn criminals into
law-abiding citizens.Of course no one wants violence, but punishing
those who obey the law will not stop violence. We have 2nd amendment rights
because the founding fathes knew that people would abandon all logic to
"guarantee" security when they wanted to feel warm and fuzzy instead of
being responsible for personal action.
Those on the left are right on one point, lock up the crazies; but are wrong on
their second point. The crazies will never apply for a background check,
required by a new law, knowing they will fail. They will just steal a gun like
they do now.
To "Miriam Walkingshaw" we already have the legal requirement to have
background checks done for gun sales. Gun dealers have it spelled out quite
clearly that they must do backgrond checks. The problem is that for private
sales, the law isn't as clear and is not enforced. The law states that it
is illegal to sell guns to somebody who cannot legally posses them. Rather than
pass another uninforcable law, how about we enforce the laws that we already
one old man,What are you trying to say? Just say it. I'm not good
at reading between the lines.Are you saying automobiles should be
Irony GuyThe right wing gun nuts may not have the total solution,
but what is the left wing gun nuts solution?How can the government
know who has bad intentions and who doesn't... just from a phone call?
I hate to be pessimistic but the only thing we're going to be allowed to do
is exactly what the politicians and the NRA who own them want us to do. Nothing.
And we shall reap the rewards of that change.
All The mass shootings over the last several years starting with trolley Square
have been in gun free zones. Given this we ought to consider making gun free
zones illegal they're just too dangerous.
Samuel Clemens: "Everyone complains about the weather, but no one does
anything about it." Please offer a workable, common sense set of actions to
minimize gun related crimes that recognizes the Constitution, ACLU actions,
mental health professionals and the fact that there are more than 300,000,000
firearms in the US.
"The right wing gun nuts may not have the total solution, but what is the
left wing gun nuts solution?"The "wing nuts" on both
sides seldom, if ever, have good solutions.
An estimated 40% of all firearms sold in the U.S. are transferred by unlicensed
“private” sellers.Gun offenders overwhelmingly obtain
their guns through private sales. A survey of state prison inmates in 13 states
who were convicted of gun offenses found that only 13.4% obtained the gun from a
gun store or pawnshop where a background check was required. Nearly all (96.1%)
of those inmates who were already prohibited from possessing a gun at the time
of the crime obtained the firearm through an unlicensed private seller.Six states (California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, New York, Rhode
Island) and D.C. require universal background checks at the point of sale for
all transfers of all classes of firearms, including purchases from unlicensed
sellers.Processing transfers by private sellers through licensed
dealers or a law enforcement agency helps to ensure that a background check will
be conducted prior to any transfer.California, Colorado, Delaware,
and New York all firearm transfers must be processed through licensed dealers,
who must conduct background checks.
@Mainly Me"England banned firearms, yet they still have the 2nd
highest violent crime rate in Europe."There's no way
England is higher than a lot of the former Soviet bloc nations. Do you mean
Western Europe because I'd be inclined to believe that?@banderson"The number of lives saved from the right to bear arms is
far and away higher than the number of lives that would be saved by implementing
any policy outlined here or anywhere else on capital hill."I'd like to know how allowing high capacity magazines for public purchase
helps make anyone safer.
Gun violence problems are cultural and moral and educational not statutorial.
"Let's find solutions to gun violence"The answer is
quite simple...Since the Constitution allows everyone to 'keep
and bear arms' and it also allows for amendments... it would seem that an
amendment to Amendment two which would limit arms to some degree, such as
required background checks, would be in order. As it now stands no one can be
denied keeping and bearing arms. Not even criminals or the insane.But, our politicians continue to hide under their desks in their offices on
@RedShirt:"The law states that it is illegal to sell guns to somebody
who cannot legally posses them."Here's a revelation...
everyone can legally possess a gun. Says so in the US Constitution's 2nd
Amendment. It says '... the right of the people to keep and bear arms
shall not be infringed.'@2 bits:"Are you saying
automobiles should be outlawed too?"Good point. Automobiles
kill more people than guns.
@the truth:"Gun violence problems are cultural and moral and
educational not statutorial."Gun ownership is not statutorial
(whatever that is). Gun ownership is Constitutional as you'll see by
carefully read the 2nd Amendment.
@Mainly MeWhen you can get a standard definition of "violent
crime" then you can compare statistics. The US counts around 4 crimes in
that definition. The UK counts around 25. "England banned
firearms"Better tell that to some of my friends who go hunting.
Apparently their legally owned rifles and shotguns are illegal according to you.
They will no doubt be upset.
What I can't wait to see is President Hillary in 2017 propose a mental
health policy to address the issue of continued mass killings, and then watch
all the gun rights advocates go nuts over the despotic and Nazi like proposal.
@NeanderthalIt means it is not a problem that can be fixed by
creating more laws. It is not a problem because of laws. It is a bad people
This article is written like a gun control enthusiast would want it written;
devoid of accurate facts but full of supposed facts based on poll numbers.Facts come from the DOJ and other sources gathered and reported in an unbiased
manner.Polls are written in such a way as to influence answers given the
way polsters want them spun.The facts state that the majority of the
horrific mass murders committed in recent years were done so by mentally ill
persons who were known to be mentally unstable but not institutionalized and/or
not entered into a database that would keep them from buying a weapon. As
the facts point out, cities with the strictest gun laws, that already require
the most stringent background checks and the harshest penalties for crimes with
guns, are also the ones with the highest murder by gun and crime by gun rates in
the nation.Current laws need to be inforced before more are inacted. We
don't need more laws, we need more enforcement so I disagree and the facts
support my disagreement.
for all the correlation between guns and violent crimes please remember a
cardinal rule of Statistics: Correlation Does NOT equal Causation.
Obviously, more guns will do the trick. The guns nuts in my family have run out
of room and and now giving guns as presents. Buy a gun save the world?
There is simply a violent past, present and future to human nature. If you leave
guns around your home in easy access even to yourself you are increasing the
risk of the amount of violence one can do when set off.It's
fairly naive even at this point in history to say that only abnormal human
psychology results in homicidal violence. NORMAL human psychology very often
results in violence.What we have the opportunity to do now is use
more sophisticated DEFENSE strategies and tools to keep ourselves safe.But keeping you and your family safe isn't really what it's all
about is it? You always want a bigger gun don't you but it's never
enough? But scared women buy exactly 1 gun, and they don't
going spouting off about them because a male gun nut has an entirely different
need being filled by his guns. It's not about safety to gun nuts, it's
about filling an evil hunger that can't be filled. All vices are the same
The founding fathers already figured it out. Get yourself all signed up in the
state military. Done. Switzerland guarantees the right to own a gun,
but they also require military service.