- So you think making laws does not stop criminals from getting guns? Ok, so might as well stop making laws criminalizing murder and theft and hard drugs; laws for drinking and driving. No issues, I’m sure people will all show personal responsibility and safety and look to their own high morality to not steal, kill or sell drugs to children. Also, then let’s not hide behind a ‘law’ or 2nd amendment to keep a gun.
- So you think guns don’t kill people, people kill people (or in cases lately, little school children). Ok, then let your toddler use knives, let him drink, let him smoke, let him drive. If you toddler cuts his hand once with the knife, you really shouldn’t take away the knife. If your teenage driver gets a DUI, don’t take away his car from him. IF your kids poisons his lungs with cigarettes, it’s really not the cigarette’s fault! Don’t restrict access!!
- So you think that guns have been around forever and nobody should change or challenge your right to own a gun (automatic or otherwise). Ok, let’s go back to having lead in our paint, texting while driving, not wearing seatbelts, having viruses and bacteria thrive our drinking water, smoking when pregnant, smoking next to children. Absolutely no need to change lifestyle in face of proven data. What is 38000 gun deaths in US in 2016 …not a public health concern.
- So you think it is a Not having God in schools issues? Ok, sign up all your kids for Sunday schools, no problem. OR even better, sit everyday with your children and pass on your ideas of God to them. Their religious upbringing is not the responsibility of a public school, it is solely yours and whatever Church /temple/ masjid / gurudwara (who also get a tax break) you follow. There is barely enough funding for arts, science, language and math. I’m sure you’d like to pitch in more with your taxes and your time in making sure there is God in your child’s life.
- So you think it is the media’s fault and all the violent video games? Ok, then stop buying them for your children. But also, be prepared to throw away the gun you own. If you have a casual willingness to keep and use a weapon that can kill someone, it would be a little hypocritical to not let your child grow up thinking the same.
- So you think it is that you need a gun to feel safe and secure and to defend yourself? Ok, stop your tax dollars from paying police officers whose only job is to make sure you are safe and secure. Infact they place their life in danger, daily to make sure you are safe, they’ll be happy to know you don’t need or trust them. Why waste all that tax money when you know you are a better shot than the average cop and certainly have better judgment and timing. However, keep in mind, majority of police officers wish you didn’t use a gun and trusted them to do their job.
- So you think it is a mental health problem and not a gun problem? Ok, then stop electing people who will restrict access to health care and definitely stop people from cutting Medicaid benefits for people who don’t have a stable job or a home. Stop celebrating small tax cuts that take away funding from social services that are almost 85% government funded because private insurance is going to take ages and a lot more legislation before it finds a profitable way to “help” those who can’t afford the premium.
(And also, when you say ‘solve mental health’ – keep in mind, social workers and non-profit agencies everywhere will tell you, it takes years to collect data about the problem, understand it and then find a way to write a law that pleases both parties to enough to sign it. And it takes one executive order to rescind it – look at HR620 and how it will set back rights of people with disabilities, apparently to make business run smoother. Providing care for mental health as a public health problem will take months and years to shape and absolutely needs to happen but simultaneously wouldn’t it meanwhile make more sense to stop putting guns in hands of people who have mental challenges? Who benefited from rescinding bill signed by President Obama that strengthened need for background checks before buying firearms and block sale of firearms for people with certain mental issues? The government? You as a gun owner? NRA?)