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Political white noise.

October 5, 2017

Even lifelong gun owners learned a new term this week, specifically “bump stock.”

They didn’t know the term, much less what it does, because 99.999% of all people who own guns have no need or desire to own one.

People who own firearms, especially rifles, normally use them for either hunting or target shooting, or self-defense.

In the case of hunting rifles, the idea is to kill as cleanly as possible because you don’t want to destroy the meat and hide. In the case of the competitive shooter, the idea is to be the most accurate, not to win a prize for the total weight of the bullets that strike the target.

Quite frankly, if you want a weapon to defend yourself in your home, a handgun or maybe a shotgun makes more sense.

A fully automatic rifle operating at the limit of its rate of fire capacity  is not the most accurate thing going. They  tend to be effective only for “pray and spray” situations where you are hoping that the target is just in the wrong place at the right time.

It’s already illegal for a private citizen to convert a semi-automatic weapon to full auto. It can be done, and you don’t need to buy a kit to replace the stock to do it.  You do however have to have tools and knowledge that is far beyond the expertise and especially the motivation of most people who own firearms.

There’s the fly in the ointment when it comes to gun control. Motivation.

Discussing gun control as though the mentality of a mass murderer is somehow going to be changed by a law is sheer folly.

Punishing everyone for the sins of the few or equating gun owners to crazy people is political garbage. It  never accomplishes its goal. It doesn’t make us safer.

Critics like to point out that there are fewer mass shootings in Europe because gun ownership is either banned outright or severely restricted.

On July 14, 2016, 86 people were killed and 458 injured not by a gun but by a truck in Nice, France. On November 11, 2001, in New York City, which is famous for how hard it is to own a gun or get a carry permit  2,753 people were killed by two planes.

Suicide by gun is far less common than suicide by some form of legal or illegal drug.

If someone wants to kill you or die themselves, they’ll find a way.

That said, there is common ground for some common sense legislation. It’s hard to imagine that we need bump stocks.

The Feds could also improve some aspects of the background check and share information about people who are suspected of being bad guys so that the system flags them too.

For example, we know that people who are connected with drug or human trafficking often have guns, so why not add categories for people who haven’t been convicted of a felony, but who are known to law enforcement for unprosecuted misdemeanors. If (and it’s a big if) they try to purchase a gun legally the system spits out a warning.

And there’s something else we could do as a society, and that’s to quit making excuses for and even teaching violent anti-social behavior and stop demonizing law enforcement.  We need to start teaching respect for authority and towards each other again.

This morning the lady who was removed by law enforcement at the request of the airline for being uncooperative about the way she expressed her dog allergy was on TV and the first thing she did was play the race card and scream police brutality.

Lady, we’re sorry you are allergic to dogs but damn it, when someone asks you to leave the plane, just leave peacefully. Service dogs are allowed on planes. Live with it, get some anti-allergy meds, or charter a private plane.

Having said all of that, nothing, no gun control law would have stopped the Las Vegas shooter. At worst it could have turned him into the Las Vegas bomber.

From → op-ed

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