There is no such thing as a ‘sensible’ gun ban. Nothing associated with arms and weapons can ever be sensible. Congress passed a ten-year ban on the military style weapons back in 1994 which could not be renewed in 2004 because of the lack of votes. The Obama assault weapons ban has been predicted to pass in the Senate but not in the Republican-led House.
The Sandy Hook tragedy has left many parents questioning and debating over the issue of gun control. Adam Lanza has used his mother’s weapon with which he killed her first and went to school afterwards. The family of, Noah Pozner, the youngest victim of the Newtown Shooting is calling for measures to deal with such events which include ‘mandatory lockdown drills and hiring of mental health professionals’. An interview with his mother has recently been published in which shocking detailswere given of the damage that guns did to Noah’s body. According to Veronique Pozner, ‘We all saw how beautiful he was. He had thick, shiny hair, beautiful long eyelashes that rested on his cheeks. He looked like he was sleeping. But the reality of it was under the cloth he had covering his mouth there was no mouth left. His jaw was blown away. I just want people to know the ugliness of it so we don’t talk about it abstractly, like these little angels just went to heaven.’
Disarming people to prevent crimes sounds a bit naive. A place where no guns are made available to the public will be a place free of crime is an absurd thing to assume. Many people want arms in their houses for protection. And if there will be no guns, there are always other ways to commit crimes. Criminals will be criminals, with or without guns. It is also a proven fact that anything which is forbidden is always pursued more. People who want to kill and murder people with guns will not fear any ban. And saying that a background check would help to curb violence is illogical. Any person with a good background can go crazy within minutes. A person who is cleared of all checks could still become a mass shooter. Security cannot be guaranteed with arms and weapons.
On the other extreme is the National Rifle Association, which wants to arm people to prevent Sandy Hook events. They want armed security personnel in schools and other institutions to for protection. This extreme is absolutely not a reasonable solution, especially for the surviving victims and their families. To surround their children with more guns would be the last thing on their minds right now.
This brings us to the conclusion that banning something like a gun will not be the most ideal but a viable option to curb violence. It is a better option when compared to arming people with high-tech, military style guns. Whether or not President Obama succeeds in passing the ‘sensible’ assault weapons ban still remains to be seen but this step will certainly be welcomed by the ill-fated parents of the children who lost their lives in the mass shooting.