In the past few months, there has been a spike of violence throughout the country. Although this isn’t my usual type of post, I would like to offer my take on several events that have occurred recently. The gunmen in LA and Orlando, and recently at a movie theater have caused a spark in the idea of gun control. Even in my home town of Syracuse, NY, there was a near riot the other night because a police officer shot a father in the back. In all fairness of the officer, however, the man was armed, and had an argument with someone at the party.
This spark in violence has caused Republicans and Democrats to be very divided on the issue of gun control, as we’ve seen in the last congress session Wednesday. It would seem simple to just ban those on the no fly list from buying guns; if it weren’t for the second amendment. This guarantees citizens the right to protect themselves from foreign or DOMESTIC influences that might threaten them.
Now, some people may argue that there is no reason to worry about our own government, so there should be no guns. This argument is false, because people don’t believe there could ever be martial law; and that’s their first mistake. We have already seen martial law in the event of Hurricane Katrina, and the more recent violent storms and wildfires. But we’re not talking about disasters here; we’re talking about an all out takeover of the American people.
I know what you’re thinking. Here he goes again about some crazy conspiracy theory like aliens taking over, or a world war. But it’s not as far fetched as you think. Isis is training people here everyday, and gaining power everyday. Even though the gunman in Orlando wasn’t directly connected to Isis, his father was, and he was obviously brought up to believe that this sort of violence is acceptable behavior. And we know the gunman in LA was directly connected to Isis, and was planning the attack for years.
So what do I think about all of this? I don’t like guns, but they are a necessary evil. I’ve even toyed with the idea of applying for a pistol permit myself, although I would have never considered it when my daughter was growing up. As we’ve seen many times, loaded guns and kids are a bad mix. If you own guns, the best place for them is a locked gun cabinet, and if they must be loaded, they need to be in a safe place where kids can’t gain access to them.
Gun safety is especially important. I’ve seen kids who handle weapons well, but only after they’ve learned safety and how to respect the rules; not aiming a gun at someone, whether loaded or not, and not using them to settle anger issues. When I was a kid, at my school, I don’t remember settling any fights with anything else but fists. Now, if you look at someone wrong, they could pull a gun out and shoot you. What has happened to this world?.
One possible cause is the surge in diagnosis of mental disorders, and psychotropic medicine. Some antidepressants have the adverse effect, causing patients to become violent and uncooperative. I feel that more thorough background checks for mental issues needs to be addressed. Gun control isn’t the answer. New York has some of the toughest gun control laws in the country, and still has one of the highest murder rates as well.
Now, I’ve probably lost a lot of you that are totally against guns, but I can sympathize with what you’re saying. But remember what Ben Franklin said about corrupt governments. “Those who sacrifice liberty for safety deserve neither.” Smart man, Ben Franklin, too bad he wasn’t alive and running for president. He’s a better choice than what this election has to offer. Have a great weekend, and if you’re in the Syracuse area tomorrow, please join me for our local author book signing with nine local authors.