Why is There No Gun Control?

The old saying, "if there is a will, there is a way", certainly applies to gun control in America. It is an issue foreigners are baffled about when they read headlines of another mass murder in the USA. It certainly gives the wrong impression. Yet, the issue is fairly evenly split about this in America. Those who want gun control and those who do not.

As President Obama said after yet another mass killing, everyone talks about reform but nothing happens. This epic problem will never be solved, even a little, unless there is a will to resolve it, which there is not. The NRA and its supporters refuse to agree to many simple things to help controlling guns. They think guns should be allowed at schools and the only way to fight the issue is to have a gun in the hands of a "good" person to kill the "bad" person with a gun. Then, those who want control cite that if guns were much harder to obtain at gun stores with stricter criteria as to who can get a gun, there would be less guns in America. Some suggest limiting gun manufacturing and limit how much ammo can be bought, longer times when checking backgrounds, more thorough background checks to weed out those who can buy them.

All the suggestions are valid and they cumulatively would reduce guns. The problem is that the "genie is already out of the bottle". It has been out since"forever". There are now so many guns out in America, excluding those bought by criminals on the black market, even if all the controls were in place instantly, changing the gun culture, the problem would still occur. If all the loopholes in the gun laws were plugged and mental health issues, the problem remains. Some 40% of guns are sold now without any background check. At best, there would be only minimum control of guns available to those who want them if stricter laws were in place. Identifying mentally impaired is not easy and have a gun free zone is kinda silly. Most schools that are this, inform the public the school is in that state. This seems to be inviting idiots with guns. Having school security guards that are unarmed equally seems stupid. They should be armed as they are there to protect and defend. Statistics don't always show that if there is more gun control law, there is less deaths from guns. At times they do, but if there is a great a great example, take Chicago, Obama's home town, of sorts. They have the toughest gun control laws, yet, they have the highest murder rate from guns! It is because the gun issue is already out of control there and removing guns now is next to impossible there. In other places, it would reduce death by guns because it is not out of control.

At best, gun control will make some places in the USA, those places where guns have not been an issue (and most of America is like that), safer. For large urban areas, gun control is impossible. I have never liked guns, never owned one, but I think the gun control issue is a "little too late" to make a real difference in halting mass murders by mentally deranged people who get guns from people who have a right to them. There are too many ways today where a person can get a gun, legally and illegally.

Gun control should occur and all the solutions many have spoke of should occur. The problem is nobody does anything more but talk about solutions. So, more mass murder will occur.

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gregas 14 months ago from Corona, California.

There are too many people that as soon as they hear "gun control" their minds have been programmed to think, "the government wants to take our guns away:. The first thing that has to be done is, change that mindset. Gun control simply means that we need to control how guns are bought and sold. Yes, there is always a way of getting a gun illegally, but how many of these killings you talk about were done with legally purchased guns. Even if it was only half, that is still too many. More people need to learn " gun responsibility" along with the purchase of a gun. That's the short of my opinion on this, Greg.


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perrya 14 months ago Author

Thanks, and your right, but I still think despite what is proposed, it is a little too late. We just have to live with what we sowed.


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gregas 14 months ago from Corona, California.

You're right too. We do have to live with it, but that doesn't mean we can't teach responsibility and hold people responsible for the guns they do purchase. Still, just my opinion, Greg.

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