How painful a tragedy– people going to enjoy a movie are killed or crippled by a lunatic with guns! Talking heads are popping up everywhere asking their representatives to “DO SOMETHING”, and “REINSTATE THE ASSAULT WEAPONS BAN”, “LICENSE AMMO”, “BAN GUNS”, and other nonsense. But, as hysteria and knee-jerking subside a bit, consider for a moment how ANY legislation would have prevented the massacre in Aurora…. or Tuscon… or anywhere else. Last I checked, it is already illegal to make bombs, booby traps, chemical weapons. It is already illegal to shoot people in movie theaters or political gatherings. So, explain to me exactly WHAT legislation would have prevented this tragedy?
If people put on their rational caps, for a moment, and consider the fact that criminals– by definition– do not heed legislation; only law-abiding people who do NOT commit these atrocities do. So, any legislation only affects the non-problem, which is why the plethora of anti-gun laws has done nothing to solve our gun crimes, most of which are a result of our misguided drug policies that have been equally effective at banning drug use.
It’s not guns or drugs that are our problems, and neither pay much attention to legislation– after all, they’re inanimate objects– plants, metals, chemicals that ignore the best-intended legislation. The problem is what people do with these substances/devices. A person owning a gun or using a drug is NOT a problem, but MISusing either is where the problems occur. So, how does one legislate responsibility? We already have laws that are more than sufficient, yet are ignored by the criminals. Robbery, assault, murder, shooing someone, etc, are already against the law, so what would another law do? And, isn’t drug abuse a medical/psychological problem? Why criminal? If someone smokes an herb, so what? But, if someone gets addicted to something and robs a store to support their habits, the laws against robbery already address that aberrant behavior. Why criminalize some moron’s stupidity for abusing drugs? Why do we keep legislating MORE laws, when the ones we have are more than adequate? Robbery is already against the law, so is murder. If we created a MILLION new laws against robbery and murder, how would that change ANYTHING????
And what would we do if the deranged lunatic, instead of shooting up a movie theater, instead drove and SUV through a crowd of people waiting for a movie? Should we ban cars? Do we need an “Assault SUV ban”? I can just see it now, “there is no legitimate or sporting purpose fora vehicle that large” or “we must register each purchase of gasoline”, and other such nonsense. Puhlease! Legislation does not work! Legislation only affects the law-abiding. If you’re wealthy, your lawyer will advice you as to how to circumvent the law. If you’re poor, you will ignore it anyway. If you are innocent, you are adversely affected by such legislation, nevertheless, but those intent on committing the crimes will. What is accomplished?
Gun crime statistics per capita do not even correlate well with legislation. California and Illinois and New York have some of the strictest gun laws on record, yet have the highest gun crime rates. Arizona and Texas, with some of the fewest gun restrictions have the lowest crime rates. Reverse correlation? Gun owners would like to think so, but sorry– when one looks at ALL the statistics, there is no correlation at all. Any rational person would see this and look elsewhere to reduce gun crime (like wealth disparity, jobs availability, drug laws), but we are seeing renewed calls for anti-gun legislation? Hullo– are we a nation of idiots?
Enough with gun or drug legislation already. It obviously does not work; never has; never will. Instead, peel the onion and find the reasons why society ignores existing laws. Peel the onion and find the reasons why people feel so desperate that they resort to guns or get themselves addicted to drugs. Peel the onion and find the reasons why gun and drug legislation has not worked in the past. Peel the onion and find the reasons for people going off the deep end.