Following the Dec. 2 mass shooting in San Bernardino, CA gun advocates continue to bombard us with arguments that guns are somehow not to blame for gun violence.
As we've reached the point where there have been more mass shootings in 2015 than days of the year and shootings have killed more people in the last 50 years than any war, it’s probably safe to say that pro-gun arguments are rubbish. In fact, they are a slap in the face to all the victims and people injured as a result of gun violence.
Gun advocates' number one argument is, “Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.” The obvious way to debunk that is by pointing out that triggers don’t pull themselves. Furthermore, although people can and do kill with all kinds of weapons besides guns, the folks racking up double-digit death counts and destroying hundreds of lives in a matter of minutes are usually using GUNS.
Gun advocates also LOVE to throw the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution around.
The Second Amendment was written hundreds of years ago! The type of deadly weapons manufactured in this day and age didn’t even exist when the Second Amendment was written. Beyond that, all rights are subject to limitations and this is one that’s in serious need of some extra restrictions.
There are also those people who suggest that good guys with guns can stop the bad guys with guns. That may be a valid point IF there was any recent case in which a shooter was stopped by an armed civilian.
Civilians who have thwarted shooters, such as earlier this year on a French train, were not armed with guns at all. So, where are all the “good guys with guns” when tragedy strikes?
When will they stop blaming mass shootings on “mental illness?” Where is all this talk about improving mental health care during times of peace? Politicians have the ability to make this an ongoing initiative, but yet it only seems to be a “serious” problem when a shooting occurs, because of course … mass shooters are always “mentally ill,” particularly the white ones.
It's just an excuse and a deflection from the REAL problem at hand which, if it wasn't made clear above, is GUN CONTROL.
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