Stricter Gun Control Laws: Does it really make us “safer”?

According to the article from July 2012 by Ezra Klein, entitled “Six facts about guns, violence, and gun control”( http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2012/07/23/six-facts-about-guns-violence-and-gun-control/ ) , it states that “states with stricter gun control laws have fewer deaths from gun-related violence”. While the logic of this might make sense, it is not true. The school and other public shootings that have taken place have caused an uproar in wanting stricter gun control laws, but look at WHERE these shootings are taking place; in a gun prohibited building where the shooter only stops by either commiting suicide or when someone with a gun shows up. Essentially these people purposely choose locations where they know they won’t the be stopped right away. Wouldn’t it make more sense to arm the people in the building and allow firearms on the premises?

I have read about possibly allowing teachers to carry or keep firearms in their classrooms. I think this is a wonderful idea. The reason I feel this is a wonderful idea is if another school shooting takes place, the teachers and staff in the school will be able to act accordingly and save not only their own lives but the lives of their students. For example, the shooting in Newtown, Connecticut at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Maryrose Kristopik, a teacher at Sandy Hook, heard what was going on and acted quickly by hiding all 20 of her students in a closet. When the gun man came to her room, she informed the shooter, Adam Lanza, that her kids were at gym and not there. Unfortunately she was shot and killed. Had she had a gun, she could have hidden her kids, gotten her gun and taken him out herself. Saving not only her own life, but who knows how many after her.

One of the biggest arguments that I keep hearing as to why teachers should not have guns is “what if a student get a hold of it?” Well, that’s easy, for the teachers to be able to have this firearm, they must practice gun safety. Which means, the firearm must stay unloaded, in a locked drawer that he/she has the key for. In addition, they must go through a CCW training course and practice regularly at a shooting range.

Another argument for against teachers having guns, “what if the teacher goes crazy and shoots everyone?”. This is highly unlikely. There have been no reports of teachers going crazy at a school, going to shoot up a school, or wanting to shoot up a school. The typical shooter is male, mid-late teens/early twenties, and very disturbed. So it does not makes sense to ban something just because a few crazies misuse it.

If you look at where the shooters got these firearms it makes even less sense. They did not legally obtain them. So how would banning them make a difference? The only effect this will have is on the average civilian, who wants to protect themselves and their family.

We can compare banning guns to banning drugs. Criminals are still able to acquire drugs or even make them. Making them illegal does not make people want to stop doing them. Just like banning or having stricter gun laws does not keep someone from stealing a firearm and using it to commit a crime. Stricter gun laws does NOT make us safer, in fact it makes us more vulnerable.

–Tattooed Liberty

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  1. lwk2431
    Mar 23, 2013 @ 06:57:29

    One of the obvious fallacies of this study is that it counts suicides. So states with lots of guns will indeed have more suicides with guns. States with less guns will have less gun suicides, but they still will have suicides, just by other means.

    Japan makes it almost impossible for a civilian to own a gun, yet they have a horrendous suicide rate. Take the suicides out of the numbers and you may see an entirely different result.

    A more objective study is to look at _cities_ (not states) with high gun violence. Those are almost all cities with extensive gun control (e.g., Chicago) controlled by Democrats for decades if not longer.

    lwk
    free2beinamerica2.wordpress.com

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    • tattooedliberty
      Mar 23, 2013 @ 12:51:15

      All of the reports I’ve seen have specifically stated “homicide”. Between January 1st and April 1st of 2012, the number if homicides in Chicago was 120. 101 of these homicides involved shootings. No where in this article did it state “suicide” by any means, guns or otherwise.

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