A rising number of shootings across the country has gun control back on the table. As the midterms approach in a few months, we’re met with the same tired arguments about the need to restrict guns.
We have also seen other suggestions about increasing security at schools by creating more secure entry systems and by working to rebuild American families and values.
Lost in all the noise are realistic alternatives to gun control. Here are a few that would work…
Alternatives to Gun Control
America does have a problem with violence and criminality. Our violent crime rate is way higher than it should be.
With 400 million guns already produced and out there in the United States, getting them back isn’t realistic, however. Even if we did trust the federal government (which we should not), it’s just not feasible.
In order to look at the problem of gun violence realistically, let’s start with the stats.
Around 67% of all gun deaths are suicides, for starters. We must start by addressing the mental health crisis in this country and putting in place real suicide prevention strategies and resources.
Limiting gun ownership won’t stop people from taking their own lives and may actually push some over the edge into finding other ways to do so.
We also need to get very serious about domestic abuse and gun violence between couples.
Half of all female victims of homicide are killed by their male partners. Banning high capacity “assault” weapons won’t do a thing to stop an angry drunk man with no criminal record from shooting his wife with a legally owned pistol.
Well, that cannot be said for gun control laws as they only affect law-abiding citizens and not criminals. Criminals don’t give a crap about the law and will always find alternatives to illegally obtain firearms despite whatever gun control laws are passed.
— Khyle (@thisdudekhyle) June 3, 2022
Getting Serious About Violence
This country has a big problem with suicide, domestic violence, crime, gang violence, and drugs. That’s the truth. Guns often feed into this violent cycle, and that’s definitely a matter of concern.
Though there are also an estimated 500,000 defensive gun uses per year. That’s a huge amount of potential lives saved.
The type of mass shooter events that have devastated this country are only about 1% of gun violence. Statistically, solutions need to be worked out to secure schools, do better background checks, and catch school shooters before they ever get close to carrying out their sick acts.
The fact of the matter is that far more needs to be done on mental health, community programs, repairing broken families, and instilling the next generation with values.
We also need to make much harsher sentences for gangsters and shooters who decide to use guns for crime and violence, instead of trying to ease their bail and get them out of trouble like many Democrats are doing.
The reason nothing gets done is because we keep having the same conversations, where any pushback is framed as callousness or cowardice, where legitimate concerns are brushed aside, and where viable alternatives are castigated as frivolous because it's not gun control.
— Amy Swearer (@AmySwearer) June 2, 2022
The Bottom Line
Guns aren’t the problem; criminals are the problem.
This includes guns in the hands of criminals, but first and foremost, we need to start by getting much tougher on crime and creating a society of law and order.