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“This Gun Killed Someone”

Twindaddy:

This sums it up nicely. Gun control is a noble idea, but guns aren’t killing people. People are killing people.

Do we have a responsibility to do our best to keep guns out of the hands of people who would use them for ill? Absolutely. Is banning guns going to stop crimes like Sandy Hook from happening? No. It hasn’t in England and it hasn’t elsewhere. Guns are not the problem, people are.

As my buddy Elyse has pointed out to me, you can get rid of guns, but you can’t rid of people. This, unfortunately, is true, but we can choose as a society to pay more attention to mental illness; the diagnosis, the treatment, and the symptoms. I can tell you for a fact that society as a whole does not take mental illness seriously and most people do not get treated properly for it, and up until recently I was included in that group.

So, let’s put the focus and keep the focus where it belongs. On people. On mental illness. And on finding ways to diagnose and treat people with mental illness.

*steps off soapbox*

There, I feel better now.

 

Originally posted on Little Miss Wordy:

The instructions read: Connect the dots to see the picture, then draw something you might see in it. He drew a picture of a gun floating in white space, with the word “News” above it. When asked to explain his picture he said, “The news is on TV, and this is a picture of a gun.” As his homeschooling teacher and more importantly his mom, I asked him to elaborate. He went on, “The news is reporting that this gun killed someone.”

(Insert screeching sound of tape rewinding)

When the heart wrenching tragedy occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary, in Newtown, Connecticut I made a decision to shield my children from that news. I don’t watch the news often. I don’t enjoy it and seek my news updates via other channels. I didn’t feel the need to unnecessarily scare my children with the details of a man who took it upon himself…

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18 thoughts on ““This Gun Killed Someone”

  1. I’m not firmly on either/any side of the gun issue and still have much to learn and wrap my head around about it. I definitely agree on the points made about mental illness. I have a question about the sentiment that banning guns doesn’t help anyone. Why then, are fully automatic weapons and other artillery unavailable? If the inanimate object is not the issue, why can’t I own a rocket launcher? I’m not trolling; it’s a sincere question. Thanks for posting this interesting topic.

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    Posted by ohiasia | January 14, 2013, 10:17 pm
    • Hell, I don’t know why certain weapons are banned and why some aren’t. I don’t even have any suggestions for gun control reform.

      What I do know is that eliminating guns will not stop murderers from murdering. It will not stop thieves from stealing and it will not stop rapists from raping.

      We’re focused on the symptom rather than the cause. Guns aren’t the cause. They don’t pull their own triggers. People do. If guns aren’t available, people will find another tool to carry out their violent ambitions.

      Unfortunately, I think some people are just born that way and there’s nothing we can really do to prevent it. Others would probably do well with proper psychiatric treatment.

      I don’t have any answers, really. I just think that focusing on guns instead of what’s causing people to become violent is rather naive.

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      Posted by twindaddy | January 14, 2013, 10:31 pm
  2. People who purchase guns through proper channels are ones who have taken courses and treat guns with respect. They lock the ammunition separate from the guns and keep all away from children. The people who steal the guns have had no back ground checks, no gun safety courses and no concerns about anything that has to do with gun safety or gun control. Making tougher gun control laws is not going to stop the thief from being any more irresponsible than they already are. Sad but true.

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    Posted by TammyeHoney | January 14, 2013, 11:20 pm
  3. Consider this: the intentional homicide rate in the UK and other WEstern European countries is 1.2 per 1000 people or below (thank you Wikipedia). In the US, it’s 4.8, which groups us with a bunch of third world countries. It’s just not true that people will kill people at the same rate no matter what weapons they have available. Guns make it a lot easier to kill people, including oneself.

    We have the highest rate of gun ownership in the world, about 89 per 100 people. The next highest country is 55 guns per 100. In the US, with less than 5 percent of the worlds population, we own 35-50 percent of the guns in the world. That’s just wack!!

    Other first world countries require training, licensing, and registration of guns. We have a lot of catching up to do. Why does anybody need a semiautomatic assault weapon?

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    Posted by Kylie | January 14, 2013, 11:23 pm
    • I have no idea. If you ask idiots like Alex Jones its to ward off a tyrannical government, but I can’t truly answer that.

      I think a total gun ban is asinine, but stricter regulation is needed. Also, identifying those with mental disorders and treating them ASAP is the biggest issue. Banned or not, people who would use them for ill will get them. The people have a right to defend themselves when that happens.

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      Posted by twindaddy | January 15, 2013, 6:31 am
  4. The minute I see a gun loading itself, aiming itself and pulling its own trigger will be the day I check myself in.

    You are spot on about mental illness. There is such a stigma attached even today. It really is unfortunate. Tests aren’t infallible. With some people you can’t tell that they will snap until they do.

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    Posted by 1jaded1 | January 14, 2013, 11:47 pm
  5. Gun control will not stop murder. It will lessen it. No matter how you look at it, that is a good thing. Guns in the house increase homicide, accidental shootings and suicide. Guns that shoot lots and lots of bullets can kill lots and lots of people.

    The second amendment provided for a well regulated militia in a time when there was no U.S. standing army. When muskets were used.

    It is time for people who like to play with guns to do it in places where they can do so without harming others. Not in schools, shopping malls and cinemas.

    What if it had been one of your kids? Or mine?

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    Posted by Elyse | January 15, 2013, 7:05 am
  6. That’s what I’ve been screaming.

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    Posted by twindaddy | January 15, 2013, 11:07 am
  7. Very well said. There seems to be to o much blame on various areas; guns; television, movies and video games, just to name a few. In the end the responsibility lands on the people. It could be a parent of a young child who cannot separate reality form virtual reality, or an adult who has misplaced emotions. If we had better methods to detect mental and emotional instabilities perhaps we could improve the amount of violent events in the world.

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    Posted by Animockery | January 15, 2013, 7:55 pm

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