“It’s my right to own a gun. Nobody can tell me how many to own.”
“People are going to kill anyway so guns are not really the problem.”
“You wouldn’t want someone limiting your right to freedom of religion”.
These are some actual quotes people have written to me in response to my stand that higher end weapons should be banned (or at the very least, heavily regulated). I also expressed that there should be a more streamlined background check process and those who buy up large arsenals should be tagged as suspicious.
“I’m sorry sir, it shows you’ve already bought too many.” That’s what they tell you when you try to buy more Claritin-D than they think you need. But guns? Buy as many as you want. I’ve already talked about this so let’s address one of the other quotes.
The one about religion.
The argument is that the right to freedom of religions is not infringed and neither should guns. I would like to counter that. It is true we have the freedom to practice religion how we see fit but if your religion calls for human or child sacrifice, the Feds would bust down your door and put a stop to it. Religious cults that practice child sex and child marriage are infiltrated and busted up all the time. So while we have “freedom of religion”, we also have restrictions on the most extreme cases. This is what many of us propose with the gun laws. We don’t want to take all your guns away. We just want to regulate the extreme cases that can cause severe loss of life.
I am not sure how this can be in any clearer. Sure, deadly people are going to be deadly no matter what. But the severity at which their actions are deadly can be diminished.
We have nuclear regulations worldwide for obvious reasons. Nuclear arsenals in the wrong hands would be catastrophic for the human race. Just because rogue nations such as North Korea get their hands on a couple of nukes doesn’t make the world rethink their regulation on nukes. We stick with it because as long as it is heavily regulated and restricted, the likelihood of it falling into the wrong hands is lessened.
While we’ve never actually had a suitcase nuke go off in an American city, I realize the thereat is still there. But could you imagine the threat level if we lifted sanctions and regulations on creating nuclear weapons? I feel that it would become a common problem rather than something that is rare.
So I concur. We won’t stop everyone from obtaining high powered guns and lots of ammo. But we can make it harder for them to get and transport. The harder they are to get, the less impact they have. Instead of mass shootings occurring every year, maybe we get them down to every 5 or 10 years. It might not be ideal but at least it’s something. Anything…ANYTHING is better than doing nothing.
One other quote I would like to address: “Look at Norway”. OK, in 2011, a mass shooter killed 77 youth at a camp. In 2011. It hasn’t become a trend like it has here. You can talk about Norway’s 2011 massacre all day, but I give you Columbine (1996), Newtown (2012), Pulse (2016), and now, Vegas (2017).