Guns, guns, guns. So much going on. I thought I’d put down, in concise terms, how I feel about guns since a lot of people seem to jump to some rather inaccurate conclusions. What more appropriate way than the use of bullet points?
- I believe owning a gun makes one less safe, not more safe. This isn’t just a hunch, it’s backed by plenty of evidence.
- The US would be a better country if guns were:
- More scarce
- Harder to get (waiting periods, universal background checks, etc.)
- I believe no one (outside of military or law enforcement) has a legitimate need for high-capacity assault-style weapons like the AR-15.
- The epidemic of gun violence in the US is a complex problem requiring complex solutions. There is no simple fix, no one law that will change everything.
- Everything should be up for discussion: gun control in various forms, mental health, training, buy back programs, socio-economics (see: gang violence), etc.
- We need to end the effective ban on government study of gun violence
- No, we cannot eliminate all gun violence and that isn’t the goal. We can and should drastically reduce it.
- Gun control isn’t binary, it’s not all or nothing. So one can advocate for gun control without wanting wholesale confiscation of guns.
- “Gun control doesn’t work in Chicago you stupid idiot moron leftie!” — Chicago doesn’t have walls, it has open borders. Indiana is right next door and it’s very easy to get a gun there. There are hundreds of millions of guns in the US, there is only so much local regulations can achieve.
- I do not think the “No Fly List” in its current form is the way to prevent terrorists from getting guns.
- While I’m not a fan of guns (clearly) I also don’t believe that black people should be killed by police for having one.
- The NRA is akin to a terrorist organization at this point. It makes meaningless statements like “No guns for terrorists, period.” while impeding any real attempt at reforming gun laws. They intimidate through fear, both for politicians (fear the NRA will support opponents) and regular people (fear that the government is going to take all their guns away, and fear that if you don’t have a gun you’ll fall victim to horrific acts of violence).
This is far from exhaustive. I’ve written plenty about guns, so if you want to know more, check out the “gun” tag.