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What is the root cause of easy Access to Guns in the U.S.?

Updated on June 17, 2016

The answer is simple. It is the fear of tyranny and anarchy.

When George Bush was president, Fox news did not talk about the fear of tyranny or anarchy. It was only after Obama became president that this fear was put into the Fox news agenda and was constantly repeated by the Fox news staff and believed by Fox news listeners. Mark Levin, Sean Hannity, Bill O’Reily, and the Fox news staff have all painted Obama as a tyrannical leader who will cause anarchy. They have even written books and published YouTube presentations on the subjects. The books were on the best sellers list for weeks at a time. So how does one deal with these awful notions? It’s simple, they protect themselves and their families by arming up based on the 2nd amendment and the right to bear arms.

Who are the real benefactor of these fears?

The benefactors include the gun and ammunition manufactures, the NRA, congressmen and those who have easy access to firearms. The gun and ammunition manufactures earn mega bucks from selling firearms. They in turn fund the congressman for their elections and re-elections; and the NRA further fund the congressmen via their very powerful lobby groups; and the buyers continue to buy firearms; and the cycle repeats.

Fox New commentators like Hannity, Limbaugh, Levin, and O’ Reily earn mega-bucks by plying their propaganda. Did you know that Fox News was owned by Rupert Murdoch, an Australian and Prince Al-Waleed, a Saudi Arabian Prince?

The head of the NRA, Wayne Lapierre receiving, $600,000. check from the head of Smith Wesson

The head of Smith Wesson and Wayne Lapierre, the head of the NRA.
The head of Smith Wesson and Wayne Lapierre, the head of the NRA.

Where is the Irony in all of this?

The irony is that while we are arming up and protecting ourselves from tyranny and anarchy, the terrorists, hate groups, and mentally ill have easy access to weapons to commit mass shootings and killings. But that doesn’t bother the gun advocates because they get to keep their firearms based on the rights of the 2nd amendment. The gun and ammunition manufactures continue to earn mega-bucks. And the congressmen get elected or re-elected. Nothing is done and everybody is happy, even the next mass shooter who may be a terrorist, mentally ill, or hateful person

What are the arguments against gun control?

The following is based on the many forums that I have participated in on gun control.

  • Gun advocates hate the sound of the words “gun control.” It makes them think that the government is coming for their guns and they are going to repeal the 2nd amendment.
  • The ban on assault weapons has not worked in the past, why should it work now?
  • Gun control doesn’t work in other countries, why would it work here?
  • More people are killed in car accidents yearly than are killed by guns. Therefore, we should ban cars, knives forks spoons, and all other forms of things that can kill people.
  • The inner cities are the problem. That’s where most people are killed every day. The government should do something about those issues and leave us law abiding citizens alone.
  • Why should I not be allowed to buy a high capacity assault type weapon? I’m a law abiding citizen and would never hurt anyone.
  • I only use my guns for target practice and sports.
  • I only collect guns.
  • I live in a rural area and can’t count on law enforcement to come to my aid in time and therefore I need weapons to defend myself.
  • Why should I have to register my gun(s) and myself when I’m a law abiding citizen?
  • I have to protect myself from the possibility of the effects of nuclear war or some other form of war.
  • I have to protect myself from the mentally ill.
  • Laws do not apply to criminals, therefore gun restrictions are not the answer.
  • Guns don’t kill people. People kill people
  • A gun is just a tool.

What are the arguments for gun control?

  • More guns equals more homicides.
  • More guns equals more suicides.
  • Most of the public and NRA members support background checks.
  • Most mass shootings are done using assault style firearms.
  • Banning any further sale of assault style weapons will save lives.
  • The second amendment is subject to interpretation..
  • Gun ownership per capita in the U.S. is the highest in the world.
  • Arming everyone won’t help and may create more problems than it solves.
  • Assault weapons are no defense against the military might of a country.
  • There is no need for civilians to own military style assault weapons.

Where do we go from here?

If you are a gun advocate, it’s very simple, you do nothing. Doing nothing is a choice and also a political decision. A sage person once said “That sometimes to do nothing is to do everything.”

If you want some type of gun control, it is much more difficult, Because as I stated earlier, there is big money behind the decision to do nothing. Any business associated with the manufacture and sale of guns and accessories stands to lose big money, including congressman and the NRA.

When enough people are fed up with the status quo, perhaps a grass-roots effort will help. But if you look at Sandy-Hook where all those innocent children and school teachers were killed, the parents and others went to Washington, but it did no good. Fear can be a great motivator to do nothing or it can be great motivator to do something. How many more mass killings is it going to take to do something?

Democracy is supposed to be based on the will and the voice of the people, but today more actions are based on the voice of money and fear. Will it be big money or fear that moves congress and the people to do something about this dilemma? Stay tuned as this saga unfolds.

Do you ever think that there will be reasonable gun control passed in the U.S.?

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What can be done to get congress to pass gun control laws?

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    • peoplepower73 profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Russo 

      3 months ago from Placentia California

      Leland: Thanks for your comments. You being a student of history may appreciate my observation.

      The 2nd amendment is the only amendment of the Bill of Rights that involves an ever changing technology that is difficult to specify its limits as it evolves.

      For example, you say, it doesn't include Pershing missiles. How about personal drones that can fire a weapon? That won't be too far in the future. Is that an arm that we willl have the right to bear?

      The remaining nine amendments can be applied the same today as to when they were first ratified. Because they are about intangible concepts. A gun is very tangible object and its technology is constantly changing. And in my opinion, the 2nd amendment is a very poorly written document that is subject to much interpretation by both sides.

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      Leland Johnson 

      3 months ago from Midland MI

      Mike: I don't disagree with you regarding certain restrictions on weapons. My contention is that the instrument is frequently blamed for the action. I know of people that are so literal in their interpretation of the 2nd amendment that they believe citizenry should have access to everything the government does. I find this problematic, and I think we would agree, because I don't think the Founders anticipated missiles that could travel 2,000 miles and destroy entire cities. However, I do believe they understood weapons would increase in both technology and availability. The Founders core belief about government extends far beyond weaponry. It rests on the entirety of the Bill of Rights- freedom of speech, freedom of religious choice, the right to bear arms- all these work together to keep government in check. The people are above the government, not the other way around. That's why, in the Declaration, Jefferson states that it is both the right and the duty of the people to cast off despotic government and establish new government for their security. How could any people do that without, perhaps not the same weaponry, but substantial weapons? It has been said, I can't remember where, that Tojo believed an invasion of mainland America was impossible largely because American citizens were so well armed. I don't believe citizens should have claymore mines and Pershing missiles, but similar to police forces? Yes. We are certainly at a different place than we were 227 years ago, however human nature does not change, and the nature of government is to expand and to exert control over the life of the governed. Let us not forget the words first uttered by the Greek statesman, Pericles, echoed down through the ages by both the Founders and President Lincoln regarding "government by the people, for the people and of the people." A corrupt government would not hand over the reign of power because the oppressed asks it to. I appreciate your response and respect your position. Thank you, Mike.

    • peoplepower73 profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Russo 

      3 months ago from Placentia California

      Leland: I agree with you. I don't believe the instrument is the cause of the problem. I believe the gun makes it much easier for depressed people to take their own lives. Pull the trigger and there is no turning back. The problem isn't the instrument until it gets in the wrong hands. Then it can become an instrument of death, either theirs and/or others..

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      Leland Johnson 

      3 months ago from Midland MI

      A study in Australia, after their gun ban, revealed that they had a higher rate of suicide, just not committed with guns. Guns don't cause suicide- depression does. That's part of the problem, Mike. People think the instrument is the cause. It isn't.

    • peoplepower73 profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Russo 

      23 months ago from Placentia California

      MizBejabbers: My dad gave me a single shot 410 when I was a kid. It was a J.C. Higgins. I think they were made by Sears. I used to use it shoot gophers in our backyard. Thanks for getting back to me. Cheers.

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      23 months ago

      Just getting back to you Peoplepower to answer your question. The first incident, I had my antique Crescent 410 gauge double barrel. the Crescent Firearms Company went out of business in 1912. My father bought me that old gun when I was 9 years old and I still have it although I would not want to shoot it again because of its age. The second incident I had a 22 revolver that my father had given me for protection. It probably would have stopped the intruder only if I had shot to kill, but it was chrome and looked fierce.

    • peoplepower73 profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Russo 

      23 months ago from Placentia California

      Thank you Shyron: It truly is a dilemma. I don't know when enough is going to be enough? When gun advocates hear the words, "gun control", they immediately think the government is coming to confiscate their guns. I think this mentality and Trump have been caused by years of right wing propaganda and now we are seeing the effects of it. Always good to hear from you and to read and comment on your hubs. Kindest regards.

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      Shyron E Shenko 

      23 months ago from Texas

      Mike, to answer your questions Do you ever think that there will be reasonable gun control passed in the U.S.? not if a Republicans have control of the House and Senate or the Presidency.

      What can be done to get congress to pass gun control laws? Elect reasonable people to the House and Senate or the Presidency.

      Do you believe the 2nd Amendment is subject to interpretation? No, the 2nd Amendment was written for a different time and world. It was written at a time when people needed it for protection and for hunting for food, not the people killing machines of today that should be banned they are made for making money and killing as many people as quickly as possible. I agree with Larry Rankin also.

      Blessings my friend

    • peoplepower73 profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Russo 

      2 years ago from Placentia California

      Larry Rankin: I agree with everything that you said in your comments. I think the NRA started out as a gun safety organization, but when Wayne Lapierre came on board, all of that changed. Thanks for your comments and dropping by.

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      Larry Rankin 

      2 years ago from Oklahoma

      Very thought provoking article. We've talked about how we're alike and different on this topic before.

      I got no problem with gun ownership, but I do have some ideas about what guns are appropriate for citizens to own and how easily they might be gotten. I also absolutely detest the NRA. I wish a more liberal gun organization could be started that is predicated on moderation and safety, not paranoia and ignorance.

      To me the most significant current problem, besides that some of the guns we have access to are efficient for nothing but mass murder, are the gun shows and any loopholes where we can acquire guns without having them be registered.

    • peoplepower73 profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Russo 

      2 years ago from Placentia California

      MizBejabbers: I understand your situation completely. I grew up with guns. in fact I still have two Winchester Model 12 shotguns. I don't know what type of guns you used to defend yourself, but a military style weapon is not necessary to defend ones self. I agree with you. I don't think private citizens should have the right to own or use military style weapons. In this day and age, there is a price we pay for that freedom. Thanks for your comments and dropping by.

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      2 years ago

      I don't see any reason for private citizens to own assault weapons. I also don't see any reason for police departments to be arming themselves with military style weapons. I don't see disarming the people who keep reasonable caliber handguns and hunting rifles, as long as they pass criminal background tests and are not mentally ill. I'm not a neo-conservative either, just a Southerner who was taught to shoot at an early age and to use guns wisely.

      As a woman alone, I was in two situations in which I felt my life was threatened and I scared off the intruder by showing that I had a gun. The first time I was a young pregnant woman in Lubbock, Texas, and my husband was at work at night. The second time I was a single woman in Little Rock, and I'd just come home from work at midnight. I'm not sure that I would be here today if I had not shown these would-be intruders that I could defend myself.

    • peoplepower73 profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Russo 

      2 years ago from Placentia California

      Thank you Jodah. I hope many people see your comments. So far you are the first to comment. I think the 2nd amendment causes us to walk a fine line between common sense and the right to bear arms, especially with military style weapons. Smith and Wesson stock this morning is up 6%. Thanks for dropping by and your comments.

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Mike, I couldn't have said this better myself. I commend you for taking this stand as I am sure the hub will receive a backlash from gun supporters. I can see the problems from the outside looking in but it appears most of us from countries that already have gun control have a different psyche and it seems to be an argument that can never be won..no matter how many killings take place. Good hub.

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