Increased Gun Control in the Wake of Recent Shootings

Posted: July 24, 2012 in news, political

In March 2006, Mohammed Reza Taheri-azar, an Iranian-American, intentionally, as he confessed, hit people with a sport utility vehicle on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to “avenge the deaths of Muslims worldwide” and to “punish” the United States government. While no one was killed in the attack, nine people were injured (none seriously). (Wikipedia)
When the above happened, did we ban cars? Or, al least ban big SUV’s? Of course not, the car wasn’t the problem.
A teen accused of breaking into his family’s Farmington Hills’ home and killing his father with a baseball bat has a court date Wednesday afternoon. The hearing will determine whether 19-year-old Tucker Cipriano and his friend, 20-year-old Mitchell Young, will face trial for the murder of 52-year-old Robert Cipriano.(CBS) When this happened, was there an outcry to ban baseball bats? No, the bat wasn’t at fault.
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) – Prosecutors in New Jersey have released the names of three children and a teenager killed along with an adult in a fast-moving apartment fire in Newark. (USA Today) Did we attempt to ban matches or lighters? No, not the problem.
And the guns, and even the availability of the guns are not the problem here, either. The problem is the perpetrator.

Whether he is mentally ill or just evil, he is the problem, not the guns. Does anybody really think that a potential criminal thinks

“I would get a gun and kill someone, but having the gun is against the law, so I’d better not”?

Anyone bent on doing evil as this guy was, is going to do so. When we ask, as we always do, “How can we prevent this from happening again?” we are whistling past the graveyard. We can’t prevent evil crazies from doing evil crazy things. All we can do is deal with it and try to move on.
Gun control, or increasing gun control and making it harder for law abiding citizens to own guns will not fix the perceived “problem”. Three of the worst examples of mass shootings in recent times were in England, Germany and in Norway where there are MUCH more strict gun control laws that we have in the US.
I hate that this tragedy happened and my prayers go out to the injured and the loved ones of the ones that were killed, but more stringent gun control laws are not the answer. In fact, I would even venture to say that had the theater not been a “gun free” zone, and had some patrons been concealed carry permit holders, the carnage may have been much less.

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