Everybody just take a deep breath.
We go through this every other week it seems, to the point where people don’t have time to give sympathy, because they are too concerned about their “hot takes.”
26 people in Sutherland Springs, Texas were murdered by a 26-year old crazy white guy. While most of us have barely wiped away the tears from the previous tragedy, a lot of folks use moments like this to criticize those who have been deemed an opponent.
People like to spout of “we need gun control”, but at the same time, do they ever give any solutions?
Of course, we aren’t much better ourselves. I can’t deny that I like to battle my peers when it comes to the topic of the second amendment, but what good does that do?
Shouting at one another gets us nowhere, but that’s the culture we live in. While many people will need a while to grieve following this attack, we also need to be understanding of those hurling insults at gun owning Americans.
If you think about it, how often does a non-gun owning American think about owning a gun? Would a person who has never owned a gun even be aware of the laws, and regulations that are involved in owning a firearm? Probably not.
Devin Kelley was an Air Force veteran who was discharged after assaulting his wife, and child back in 2012. According to Texas governor Greg Abbott, Kelley had been denied a gun permit in the past, so it was illegal for him to even own a gun in the first place.
“He was rejected either because he did not fully answer all the questions that are required to get a Texas gun permit, or he answered those questions wrong, that we still don’t know.”
Culturally, it seems that we as a people would rather tip-toe around a subject than give a hard truth.
The truth is, there are laws against what this man did. Another truth, it didn’t appear that the deranged killer had any intentions of following the law.
Putting more rules, and regulations may “feel” like the right thing to say, but once you have applied critical thinking to the subject, you know those “common sense” suggestions are more like Huffington Post talking points.
Murder is against the law, in case liberals were unaware. In the United States, it is unlawful to murder another person. So there is one law that was broken.
Oh, and we’ve already mentioned that the shooter didn’t have a gun permit, so there’s two rules broken.
Yet, somehow, people genuinely think putting more laws on the books would have prevented something like this from happening. If anything, more laws would have led to more carnage.
A widely ignored fact about what happened in Texas on Sunday is that the shooter was taken down by two other gun-owners. Had these men not acted quickly, there could have been even more damage done.
As a culture, we demand quick solutions. We are a society of people who demand instant gratification, and when tragedy strikes, we immediately start trying to find a solution.
It’s easy to say “well, if only THIS law were in place,” but there is no law to fix evil. Bad people will find a way to be bad, because that is what they do.
The nice thing to do would be able to say “here’s how you fix this,” but obviously mass shootings should be taken on a case by case basis. In this particular instance, the law should have been enforced, and the shooter shouldn’t have obtained a gun.
The law that already exists was not enforced, and now people are calling for more laws to be put in place. Had the government already been enforcing the laws, the shooter wouldn’t have been able to get a gun from a sporting goods store.
As we saw in Las Vegas, a crazy person who wants to kill will go through a lot of trouble to obtain a weapon(s). Putting more rules on the books, and making it harder for people to defend themselves, is not the solution.
We don’t need MORE laws, we need the ones that exist to be enforced.