Josh Fielder <https://www.facebook.com/Josh.Fielder/posts/4048262014066>
So, here's my two cents (which will end up being closer to
$1.50 I'm sure) and I'm sure I will regret posting this later, due to the
"friends" I will lose while exercising my First Amendment, but here
Instead of posting a meme with a picture and a falsely
attributed quote or a made up statistic, I've spent my time researching the
gun violence/gun control debate. And I'd like to talk about some of the
pervasive themes I've seen lately.
Thirdly, there is NO law or bill being considered that would allow anyone
to come marching into your home to take your legally obtained and legally
owned firearms. There are possible laws that are being explored that would
require more responsibility on the part of the gun owner or person purchasing
a gun (i.e. pass a background check even if buying a gun from a gun show
dealer). If you buy a car from a dealer it must be registered (a record of the
transfer is documented). If you buy a car from a private citizen, it must be
registered. If you buy a gun from a dealer, there is a record of that sale and
it is registered. So how is it illogical to require the same for private sales
The media is not hiding other gun related stories because they want to
sensationalize the problem, they are simply unable to cover every gun death
story because there would be an average of 80 of them each day. So they
concentrate (unfortunately) on the massacres which I think we can all agree,
happen all too often.
I find the fact that more children are killed in the US by guns than in
the entire Middle East region, very disturbing.
I find it disturbing that the NRA blames the rise in violent shootings on
video games and then comes out with its own shooting video game (categorized
for children as young as 4 years of age) less than a month after
I find it disturbing that other countries spend in excess of twice as
much as the US on violent video games and have a small fraction of the amount
of gun related deaths/injuries.
I find it disturbing that instead of looking for a solution to a problem
like Newtown, there are people wasting their time and energy by trying to turn
it into a conspiracy theory.
I find it disturbing that guns are the third largest killer of children
ages 5-14 in the US.
I find it disturbing that a child in America is 12 times more likely to
be killed with a gun than the rest of the "developed" world.
I find it disturbing that there are more guns privately owned in America
than the next SEVENTEEN countries combined.
I find it disturbing that all of these statistics are not discussed but
fake statistics about a baseball bat death rate are plastered
I find it disturbing that some people believe that the ONLY answer to
this problem is more guns.
Banning all firearms is NOT the answer, which is exactly why it's not
being proposed. This country has enacted laws that didn't work before, so
they've been revised, repealed, reformed, etc. It's ludicrous to think that as
a society, we evolve, but the laws governing us cannot? The NRA states that
the assault weapons ban didn't work the first time. Well, you know what they
say, "If at first you don't succeed, f*%k it.".
If armed guards are the only answer to ending school shootings, then
explain the VT shooting. Virginia Tech had an entire police department
complete with a SWAT unit. Explain Columbine, which had an armed officer on
staff. When discussing an end to gun violence in schools, there should be
NOTHING left off of the table.
Ronald Reagan, a huge gun proponent and signor of the Brady Bill, wrote
to Congress in 1994 asking them to propose legislation limiting or stopping
altogether the manufacture of guns classified as assault weapon. And anyone
saying "assault weapon" is a made up term should remember that every word in
every language is, in fact, made up.
And yes, criminals don't typically obey laws, but we still have them. Can
you use that logic to say there should be none at all? No.
Let me be clear, I am NOT anti gun. I have nothing against guns or
responsible gun owners. I served proudly in the military, I worked in armed
security, I've hunted, and enjoy target shooting since I was a kid. And I'm
sure most gun enthusiasts are the same way. However, this issue should be
discussed logically and rationally, and all I see are comments and pictures
that are anything but rational and for the most part, are just viral,
inflammatory, unresearched, vitriol.
The president enacted 23 executive actions today, of which only 2 have
anything to do with limiting the availability of a category of gun or a
magazine capacity. The remaining 21 deal with aspects regarding background
checks, school safety and mental health system requirements and deficiencies.
Will it be a perfect solution? No. Will it help? We'll see. Is it better than
doing nothing? Definitely. If we keep using the statement, "It's too soon to
talk about it." after each tragedy, pretty soon, we'll never talk about
OK, so maybe it ended up closer to $2.00 instead of 2 cents. So sue