Opinion – What’s Up with Gun Control?

by Grace Beight

Umpqua, Ore. Chicago, Ill. San Bernardino, Calif. What do all three of these cities have in common? A mass shooting incident occurred in each one of them in 2015. Now how is it that Chicago, a city with strict gun control laws; Umpqua, home to the college where guns are prohibited; and San Bernardino, a city in Calif., the state with the nation’s strictest gun control laws, all managed to have mass shootings in 2015? After all, aren’t gun control laws supposed to reduce gun violence? Aren’t gun free zones supposed to make America safer? If this is true, then why did the countless events such as these occur last year?

The answer is simple. Now this may be hard to believe, folks, but perhaps it is true that criminals do not follow the law. When guns are harder to obtain, it becomes increasingly difficult for law-abiding citizens to purchase guns, a tool they can use to defend themselves and others against criminals. The mass shooting in San Bernardino is evidence of this; two individuals obtained guns from an outside source and used them to harm others.

Ladies and gentlemen, to say guns kill people is like saying pencils misspell words, the stove burns food and e-mails send themselves from the wrong account. By blaming inanimate objects for tragedies and mishaps, personal responsibility is removed from society. If teachers blame students for the misspelling of words, if chefs are blamed for burned food, if Hillary Clinton is blamed for logging into the wrong account and using it to send classified emails, then why in the world don’t we blame the person behind the gun for the murders of the victims?  This makes no sense.

If we ban guns for killing people, then why not ban kitchen utensils? Carpentry tools? Writing instruments? Our hands? After all, all of these objects can be used to kill people. Once you begin banning an inanimate object because it “causes a crime,” where does it end? Eliminating someone’s constitutional right under the second amendment for the sake of political correctness does not and will not work to reduce violence. If guns are removed from society, people will resort to other means. Where there is a will, there is a way.

(Source: nationalreview.com, gunviolencearchive.org, sacbee.com)

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