Thursday, October 5, 2017

Can we curb gun violence?


On October 3 Leah Libresco has published this piece.
“I used to think gun control was the answer. My research told me otherwise.”



I had read it.
The gist of this paper is: “so many gun deaths are suicides and gang related shootings, so there I no way any gun restricting policy can do anything about it”.
The ending of this paper: “I am frustrated”.
So?
What is this paper really about?
The answer is – nothing.
It is about nothing.
It is an equivalent of giving a shrug, throwing your hand up, making a sigh, turning around, and walking away, thinking “Oh well, what you gonna do?”
Oh well.
First thing to do is accepting the fact that the Second Amendment is NOT about the right of people having weapons.
The Second Amendment is about the right of people to defend their rights against oppressive forces.
A weapon is considered to be an instrument people have a right to use for defending themselves.
The second thing to do is accepting the fact that overtime personal weapon has turned from an instrument of a self-defense into a toy, and even into a fetish. As the result, the access to weaponry has exceeded any meaningful limits.
The third thing to do is to start a discussion about restoring the original meaning of the Second Amendment and placing meaningful limits on the access to weaponry, limits which defined by the right to a self-defense.
I believe, within those limits no single individual should have an arsenal in his or her house.

This paper got almost 9,000 comments.
Many say that nothing is going to happen, that soon enough we will see the next massacre.
Agree and disagree.
I agree that nothing is going to happen any soon. But that is exactly what the gun lobby wants us to believe, so we would just give up.
On November 8, 2016 American people had demonstrated that they can do things NO ONE would expect from them!
Whether we like it or not, but that is just a fact of our history.
That gives me an assurance, that with the right approach, American people can tackle the gun lobby down.
What approach is right?
This question requires a long dispute, a hot discussion between many people who agree on the final goal – bring down the risk of mass shootings to the minimum.
I would say, the first step should be having all weapons registered, in the way all cars are registered by RMVs. At least, we will be able to see those folks who gather so much weapons that it becomes suspicious (for everyone who is not in the business of weaponry, hoarding guns is a sign of mental instability).
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