Is Gun Control As Hot of a Topic As It Needs to Be?

| March 22 2013
The Hot Spot

Is Gun Control as Hot of a Topic as it Needs to Be?

It seems like every time you turn the channel someone is talking about gun control. No matter what else is going on in the world, firearms are the hot topic. Why is there so much effort trying to ban firearms when there is so much that is wrong with this country? Are we the gun toting psychopaths that some comedians and skeptics paint us to be? No. We are those who would rather be prepared for anything the future unveils for us. Most of us hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. Why is so much energy being put into dismantling our way of life?

1. Statistics - People love to throw out statistics regarding how many people are murdered with firearms. While some will try to argue that hammers kill more people than rifles, skeptics will argue the point of firearm-related murders as a whole. OK. Let’s approach this another way. As a whole, more people are killed by drunk drivers than by firearms every year, yet we sell alcohol at nearly every corner convenience and grocery store to anyone 21 and over without a background check. And this isn’t including the monetary damage and destruction that is wrought from those who drink and drive. Why isn’t as much effort put into banning or restricting alcohol as there is with firearms?

2. Changing Focus - Sometimes it seems that mainstream media puts more focus on atrocities committed from those using firearms while other instances are happening all around us. In December of 2012, the government tried to quietly pass a bill that would allow emails to be obtained without a warrant that are not older than the current 180-day requirement. How much coverage from mainstream media did this actually receive compared to the coverage firearms and ammunition restrictions received? Conspiracy theorists could speculate that the media will show us what government wants us to see in order to move the focus from the real liberties that are being stripped away from us. Could these conspiracies have more truth to them than we would like to admit?

3. The Cure - Instead of focusing attention on the tools that are used, we should be looking into the cause of the problem in the first place. When a person has the desire to kill, they will do so regardless if a gun is within reach or not. What causes people that seemed otherwise stable to suddenly decide to gun down a group of people who have nothing in common other than location? How have those who have used a gun to kill been desensitized to the death of a sentient being? Why not cure the problem instead of treating the symptom? The thing about underlying problems is that they will still cause the symptom no matter how much treatment you provide.

At the risk of offending some, many people in the country view us as backwoods hillbillies named Cletus who revel in shooting at empty beer bottles from our porches with assault rifles. That is not who we are. The attack on our protected right isn’t merely about the guns themselves. It is a symbol of government intervention into our private lives. This intervention happens all too often and there needs to be a point where the people speak out and say, “enough.”

 

Author Bio: 

Ken Myers is the founder of  http://www.longhornleads.com/ & has learned over the years the importance of focusing on what the customer is looking for and literally serving it to them. He doesn’t try to create a need, instead he tries to satisfy the existing demand for information on products and services.

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