My cousin Rebecca wrote this post on Facebook and I think it’s thought provoking.
There are so many regulations around driving and owning a car, which could potentially kill many, yet so few regulations in comparison on guns.
Legitimately I don’t understand why the regulation of guns/ammunition infringes on someone’s right to bear arms. There is nothing that says the right to bear arms is an unlimited right. And if a person isn’t buying these weapons to use them against other people, then they shouldn’t have any problem with people knowing the weapons, and the ammunition belongs to that person. I don’t understand why a waiting period – a week, or a month – would be such a big deal.
I think gun manufacturers should be held to a higher standard than other industries in how they sell their products because their products are made to kill. I don’t understand why that is such a strange notion.
Cars can have deadly force but we know exactly who owns each one and require insurance and other regulations. We continue trying to make them safer. They require renewal on registration each year, and a renewal on licenses to ensure that we can still see well enough to drive and are updated on the rules of the road. Cars have to have seatbelts and airbags.
Why don’t we require more safety standards for guns? Why don’t we require regular psychological testing with gun ownership like they do in other countries? It isn’t just a once someone gains a license, but a periodic renewal process to ensure they are still healthy enough to own guns.
It has been proven in other countries that we can deter gun violence by limiting access to guns. It won’t eliminate all violence but that isn’t a reason that we shouldn’t try to reduce this specific problem with methods that have worked in other places.
It can’t be acceptable that we already have 18 school shootings in 2018. It can’t be acceptable that we have more mass shootings here than anywhere else in the world. We need to be #1 for something other than gun violence and mass incarceration. Reducing gun violence by reducing the number of guns is the first step.
Why doesn’t the NRA lead on this issue to propose good laws that will promote safety to Congress? Why don’t gun owners stand up and say we can fix this issue? Why don’t gun owners say, we don’t want guns to be used this way either? Why don’t they say, we think the risks are too great, and it doesn’t infringe on our rights to have higher safety standards for American gun owners? And we don’t want automatic, semiautomatic weapons and ammunition to be readily available to the masses.
I just don’t understand. If you would like to partner to protect each other and work to prevent gun violence, then please campaign for and vote for candidates that will work for real gun violence prevention in 2018. If you are an NRA member and want to see the organization change to help the gun violence prevention movement – please organize and make it happen.