The Gun Control Debate Is a Diversion From Reality
Currently the intense focus and concern of America is on how to stop school shootings after 17 innocent people were killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on Valentine’s Day.
Ever since February 14th, there have been many ways discussed how to never again allow another shooter to enter any school and murder innocent children. However, the biggest focus has been on gun control with both sides decisively set either for or against it.
In the past two weeks since the shooting, there has been a wave of efforts to push the gun control agenda as a result of the tragedy in Parkland. Even though every system in place failed, and Nikolas Cruz is the evil person to blame for murdering 17 people, guns are being blamed and gun control may be the result.
Here are some of the highlights over the past two weeks:
The gun control narrative started right away on February 21st, at the highly publicized CNN town hall show where student survivors, teachers, and parents asked questions and spoke strongly against guns and the attack on the National Rifle Association began. The theme of the night was that guns are the problem and Washington must do something. Several of the Parkland students who have spoken out in favor of gun control through CNN have rapidly become famous on social media, even acquiring the blue check marks on their Twitter pages. After the CNN town hall show other students who refused to attend said that the show was scripted to have a gun control narrative.
February 22nd the day after the CNN town hall, private companies began to sever ties and threaten to boycott the NRA, even though the NRA’s over 5 million members believe in exercising their Second Amendment right and carry firearms to protect themselves and others against bad people.
The fast growing list includes Delta Airlines and United Airlines, which both companies and customers are protected by strict safety and security laws, the TSA, and armed air marshals. Other companies on the growing list include Enterprise, National, Alamo, Hertz, Wyndham Hotel, Best Western Hotel, MetLife, and First National Bank of Omaha, which issued the NRA credit card. The response by many NRA members and gun owners throughout the country has been calls for boycotts of these companies.
February 26th, Democratic lawmakers have already introduced a gun control bill banning semi automatic assault weapons. The bill bans the “sale, transfer, production, and importation” of semi-automatic rifles and pistols that can hold a detachable magazine, as well as semi-automatic rifles with a magazine that can hold more than 10 rounds. Additionally, the legislation bans the sale, transfer, production, and importation of semi-automatic shotguns with features such as a pistol grip or detachable stock, and ammunition feeding devices that can hold more than 10 rounds. The bill has the support of over 150 Democrats, but is highly opposed by those who hold dearly to the Second Amendment.
Anther response to the Parkland shooting, is the organizing of a gun control rally set for March 24th called March For Our Lives. The Go Fund Me page, organized by Stoneman Douglas student Cameron Kasky, has a goal to reach $3 million and has already amassed $2.8 million.
Big celebrities have rallied around the cause with George Clooney, Steven Spielberg, and Oprah Winfrey having all pitched in $500,000 each. Clooney is also working behind the scenes with Scooter Braun helping with professional fundraising for the event. Other organizations backing the students march include Everytown for Gun Safety USA, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, Move On, Planned Parenthood, Women’s March LA and Gabrielle Gifford’s foundation that fights gun violence. This overwhelming support from such organizations shows a far left leaning political bias and gun control stance rather than a non-partisan solution oriented position.
February 28th, President Trump held a bi-partisan meeting to discuss solutions to end school shootings, in which the president showed interest in gun control measures that surprised Republicans.
Trump has voiced his opinion about having “highly trained gun adept” teachers and coaches who could serve as a first line of defense and deterrent against school shooters. However, in this meeting he asked that Democrats and Republicans come together to present one bill to address comprehensive gun control legislation. He called for it to expand background checks to weapons purchased at gun shows and on the Internet, keep guns from mentally ill people, secure schools and restrict gun sales from some young adults. He even suggested taking guns from mentally ill or dangerous people without going to court first and getting a court order.
Trump told Steve Scalise (R) to not include concealed carry reciprocity, which is top legislative priority of the NRA, as part of this gun control legislation, which would allow a person permission to carry a concealed weapon in one state to automatically carry in every state. Trump said it must be in a separate bill, and that it will not get passed in this one. Trump also insisted that legislation should raise the minimum age for buying rifles from 18 to 21. This is an idea that many conservatives and the NRA strongly oppose. Trump commented that Republicans are “afraid of the NRA,” adding that he noticed they have great power over Republicans but “less power over me.”
Many opposed to raising the age limit feel that law would punish young people that want to hunt, own a gun for protection, and punish good young Americans. Also, how can our country take 18 year olds into the military, train them to fight with guns, send them to war to defend our country, and yet not allow them to be able to purchase a gun on American soil for themselves?
Lastly, in the meeting, Trump declared that he is banning bump stocks by writing an executive order, and that Congress will not need to include that in the gun control legislation. What gun control legislation will be passed is yet to be seen, but it appears that President Trump is willing to sign certain things into law.
Alarmingly, what seems to be ignored in all of these decisive gun control talks and plans is that Nikolas Cruz is the one who is guilty, not guns. By all accounts and evidence, Nikolas Cruz was dangerous and would have attempted to murder people even if he never possessed a weapon. The biggest take away is that there were failures across the board that should have prevented Nikolas Cruz from taking guns to school and murdering 17 people.
What if the school counselors, mental health professionals, and police had taken all of the red flags over the many years seriously? What if the FBI had acted on the call about Cruz saying he wanted to be a professional school shooter? What if the FBI had taken the tipster seriously that called and told the FBI that Cruz said he wanted to kill people and she thought he would shoot up the school? What if the school’s deputy safety officer had gone into the school and shot Nikolas Cruz before he killed all 17 people? What about the other police that were there and reportedly did not go into the school? So many what if’s, yet the government reactions are leading into gun control measures.
Instead of comprehensive gun control legislation, why can’t there be accountability? Also, the biggest outcry from the public or at least the silent majority of this nation is to secure the schools with armed guards.
There is no amount of legislation or laws that will change bad people. That is an entirely different discussion with an entirely different approach. Also, if the current policies and procedures failed, what is to keep new policies, procedures, and laws from failing again? Taking away guns won’t stop bad people from doing bad things. Could Nikolas Cruz not have killed just as many or more if he had just waited until school was letting out and run down students with a car as they were leaving school?
The only way to stop a bad guy with or without a gun, is by a good guy with a gun. Hopefully, they remember this when they create legislation on gun control.
– Majorie Greene