I wrote this in response to one of my centrist buddies on a local blog Ive hung out in for years. She's a good woman but she has bitten the "For Our Own Good" apple a few times too many. She's clueless to cause and effect, conditioned well by Republicrats to beg them for the answers that only we ourselves can provide.
There were very few gun regulations and not many "Mass Shootings" the day I was born. 51 years later, we have lots of regulations, more on the way and lots of murders and other sad events almost daily. Add to that the biggest criminal mass murder events that have occurred during my lifetime were committed with poison, Fertilizer and Boxcutters and Im sure were chasing the wrong ghost.
Times have changed but we dont have an increase in gun ownership to point our fingers at, percentages of owners are actually down to the lowest rates in 4 decades- http://www.nytimes.com/2013/03/10/us/rat....wanted=all&_r=0 .
So why the increase in gun related murder when we have less guns percapita than 1961? Some blame military technology advances like the ARs and AK's as the biggest cause but the Browning Machine Gun and Thompson Repeater and others have been around decades longer than I have so that cant be the problem. The Thompson was a huge player in the last major mass killing fields in the USA but that was during Prohibition (now were getting somewhere).
Others blame Crazy folks for causing the increase in these crimes but thats nothing new. Weve had loonies in our midst's since the beginning of time. Something that has changed on that front is the medications we treat crazy people with are relatively new. Most of which have warnings on them that are worse than what they were meant to fix. (More direct linkage with the real issues).
Some blame the lack of Capital Punishment as a reason folks go Gonzo but because most of them kill themselves or die via "Suicide By Cop" before they receive their punishment, that really cant be the problem. Its interesting to note that most of the punks that do kill others have a record a mile long before they do their final act, few ever spend any time in lockup, most get released and commit even worse crimes. (This is a smoking gun if Ive ever smelled one).
Bad times get lots of finger pointing as the culprit but most of those who commit crimes against innocent kids and others dont come from poverty. The poor people cant afford 1000 rounds of 5.56 and a $1500 "Black Military Style Weapon". Poor criminals use cars, bats and knives to kill. Even Gang Bangers are more likely to do a NY Reload than use a High Capacity Magazine and a long rifle (NY Reload is having 5 or 6 cheap revolvers in your high capacity pockets). Thugs sell drugs and sex and will do anything to protect their business interests.
50 years of more anti gun laws and all of that time, these tragedies keep increasing right along with it! Can you show me a single law that has lowered the instances of these crimes. There hasnt been one because there have never been more of them than today. Exactly the same as gun laws, there never been more in this country than when the British owned us!
What has proven to stop violence of all types?
1- Natural Rights and Freedom cured oppression and enslavement for us and our slaves! The end of Prohibition put the last breed of Drug Dealer out of business but when we tried to ban drugs and sex for sale, we gave them a whole new trade!
2- Drs with less mental health training than a nurse need to Stop giving our children fistfuls of Psychotropics without requiring them to be monitored by someone with the appropriate training and background.
3- Troubled Children only turn into troubled adults! Teachers, Parents and other professionals working together not fighting like children. Troubled children need to be removed from public schools before they go gonzo. Teachers and other students most often say things like, "He was always a screwed up kid" after one of these things happen.
4- Put the onus of good and bad on the person, act and deed; not the tool they use as against helpless children. Junior wasnt a horrible kid because shot Children, he was terrible because he Injured and Killed Children. As fast as we try to remove possible tools of destruction, Junior will find another way, hes crazy, not stupid!
5- Restoration of unalienable rights not limitating rewards the civil, not the criminal. United we stand and behind a single set of rules we all must live by, our BOR's. Shouting Fire in a empty Movie Theater isnt an Illegal act, no laws are broken unless your actions violate another Humans BOR's.
Unfettered is unfettered, freedom of speech is not to be limited; where no crime is committed, no punishment is required; restriction or withholding on a humans Natural Rights is a crime punishable equally under the law of man.