See, in this country we avoid the stuff that needs to be talked about because a fear of stepping on someone else toes or hurting someone's feelings. Recently,there has been a breakout of violence whether it be shootings at schools or shootings at malls. Pretty much, I'm on the fence of what to do about the recent shootings. There are two main arguments brewing from what I've heard on the issue and I'd like to discuss them here. The is not a way to approach this issue is politically, so if you don't want to talk about it then it's fine by me.
First you have the NRA's point of view on the matter:
Complete NRA Press Conference: Wayne LaPierre Calls For Armed Police Officers At Every School (via NewsPoliticsNow3)
Basically what you heard from the Chief of the NRA is that we need to have armed security at every school after Christmas Break is over. LaPierre basically said that the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. If you take this for face value, it's a nice concept. It's just like the argument that we need a good guy with a guy on a plane just in case something breaks out. The problem that I find with this concept is the fact, if I'm a gunman, won't I take out the the "good guy" first before I continue to go on shooting others. This has been said by many critics of the way the NRA chief that came out and defended guns. The other problem with what he said that I find is the fact that he basically blamed everything including games, movies, and TV but wouldn't once consider the fact that guns might be the problem. Once again, if you look at his speech at face value it's a nice thought but once you think about it, it just doesn't seem possible.
Let me be clear, in no way am I saying that the US should make guns illegal, because as we saw with booze back in the 20's, you can't just make something illegal that's been in America for so long. When you do this, it's basically like telling a kid they can't have a toy. They might not have wanted it at first but just because you said they can't have said toy they want it more.
On the other side of the argument, the democrats basically are just saying that they are wrong and want more gun regulation.
Rachel Maddow Rails Against 'Atrophied' Gun Regulation: The Gun Lobby Has 'Gotten Their Wish' (via NewsPoliticsToday)
This also sounds good but my question is what's wrong with the laws and regulations that's already on the books. Why can't we just enforce those and change it here and there where it needs to be. I think another blown notion is the fairy tale that we can somehow stop all gun violence because whether we ban guns or not it's just not happening.
First we have to see why this year is this "outbreak" happening and why is there more gun violence is America then every other industrialized country, this is where I do have an opinion. I think a quote that was originally believed to be by Morgan Freeman but he denies saying:
"You want to know why. This may sound cynical, but here's why. It's because of the way the media reports it. Flip on the news and watch how we treat the Batman theater shooter and the Oregon mall shooter like celebrities. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris are household names, but do you know the name of a single victim of Columbine? Disturbed people who would otherwise just off themselves in their basements see the news and want to top it by doing something worse, and going out in a memorable way. Why a grade school? Why children? Because he'll be remembered as a horrible monster, instead of a sad nobody."
That's basically it, these types of people don't seem to care about their lives because none of them have survived the shootings, taking their own lives afterwards. They are seeing that by doing such atrocious things will make them household names and we don't even know the names of none of the victims of these crimes. As for how to fix it, I take the cynical approach honestly, how indeed do we stop this, really. You stop the person from getting the guns then they most likely have a relative or friend that has guns. But then again you ban them and they become even more sought out on the black market. If I had to say I'd lean one way then another it would probably be put security guards in every school. Then at least you have a trained officer in every school who knows what to do. I do wonder sometimes if guns were allowed on campuses like Virginia Tech, would the guy have gotten as far as he did.
But what do you think, which side do you believe has more of a point. I thank anyone who actually participates. And as always, I would like to thank everyone for reading, hope you had a good Christmas...
What do you think should be done about this problem in America?
Stricter Gun Regulation (3 votes)
The problem can be fixed as a society (5 votes)
A bit of both, explain below (6 votes)
14 total votes