I find it incredible that some people in the US, particularly in government, are trying the use the terror attack in Orlando, Florida, to further their agenda of gun control. Some people are even going to the extreme in absurdity to say that guns should be banned entirely. Of course, there are quite a few facts that are being ignored.
First of all, the right to own and bear arms is guaranteed by the US constitution. To enact a total ban, besides being extremely unwise, would mean repealing a very important part of the constitution, which is the guideline of how our country should be run. Why would it be unwise to enact much stricter gun control laws, though? The answer has been shown repeatedly.
Although it isn’t very intuitive at the surface, stiffer gun laws increase gun related crimes. Countries with the strictest gun control laws also have very high gun related crime rates. This includes homicide. The same is true in the United States. Areas that are very strict tend to be among those that are highest in crimes that involve guns. Both Orlando and Berkeley have tough gun laws. Both have had mass shootings in the past year. Places that have lax gun laws haven’t had the same issue. (Note that England has very strict gun laws and a couple of days after the Orlando terrorist attack, a lawmaker in England was shot and killed.)
It might not be intuitive, but the reason this is the case can be easily understood. A person set on shooting a place up is less likely to pick a target where there is a substantial chance that someone there will be packing a weapon. The would-be shooter won’t accomplish what they are after if they get shot before they can do what they mean to do. There are areas that have a large gun ownership population and these usually have a lower crime rate. That isn’t just a lower rate of crime for violent crime, either. Consider that a burglar is less likely to try to rob a house in an area where half of the people have handguns, rifles and shotguns in the house. This stands to reason, since the burglar’s chances of getting shot are greatly increased as compared to an area where only one in ten homes own firearms.
Statistics show that this is exactly the case.
In the case of Orlando, something else enters into the picture. The shooter didn’t just arbitrarily decide to go on a rampage, he was doing the shooting because he was a follower of a radical Muslim group that has very little other objective than to kill as many innocent people as possible. I submit that if he was dead set on the terror massacre, the weapon of choice would make little difference. For that matter, if he wasn’t able to procure his own firearms, he could have easily purchased one illegally, on the black market. Money wasn’t an object. Even a total ban wouldn’t have stopped him, though it would have put the innocent people at even greater risk, because nobody else would have had access to a firearm for protection.
It could be thought about this way; I’m a peace loving, God-fearing man. However, if someone was to threaten my family with bodily harm and death, I’d use whatever means were at my disposal to stop them and to protect my family. Doing so is actually supported by biblical passages. David wasn’t a violence loving man when he slew Goliath. He did this because his people were being threatened with extermination. He didn’t use an assault rifle to kill Goliath, but there were no firearms at the time for him to use. Still, he did use a weapon…and the strength and guidance from God…to defeat a much larger and battle tested enemy. Imagine what would have happened had there been overwhelming laws and regulations regarding slings!
If there is any message that can be taken from the tragic terrorist attack in Orlando, it must be that gun controls are making it easier for terrorists to commit acts of terror. If anything, the happenings at both Orlando and Berkeley show us that we should be relaxing some of the gun control laws that are already in place.
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