Mass shootings: the new sadly normal in America.
At the mass shooting that just occurred Wednesday, one of the casualties was a "good guy with a gun", sheriff Ron Helus. At the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, four of the wounded were police officers, also "good guys with guns."
The fact is, good guys with guns are not infrequently among the victims of the bad guys with guns, They are not the "magic bullet"--so to speak--for this problem,
I'm a gun owner and would gladly hand it over for a disarmament of the country. We need to stop allowing people to hide behind the 2nd Amendment! I'm one of those people banned from having a firearm but I'm still allowed to have one in my home only in my state. I am also one who believes that every person has a right to defend themselves in their own home. Just because a person has a criminal conviction that don't automatically make that person less a human than any other. I think it's longshot but if someone was to have a firearm for home defense or hunting the capacity of rounds should be very limited. I know in Texas when hunting with a shotgun there has to be a plug in the magazine to only allow 3 shots. That's on pump shotguns. Realistically if a person is hunting they only get 1 shot and what they are hunting is gone if they miss. So is any other thing that heard that shot. I see no need for a pistol other than to shoot another person. Same with assault weapons. They should really disarm the law enforcement with any lethal weaponry as they are too trigger happy now anyways. If they are allowed firearms they should have body cams automatically activated the second they pull their weapons. Only in America do we have mass shootings on a daily basis it needs to stop. The same goes with police shooting unarmed citizens. Having a gun does not make anybody cool or tough it makes them a coward for pulling it in any altercation. I'm all for abolishing the 2nd amendment because of all these senseless shootings. Not just the general public but law enforcement as well.
This article implies the argument for the second amendment is predicated on stopping mass shootings. That's a straw man argument. On top of that, it's not true; mass shooters have been stopped, and while uniformed security and police officers are very likely to be priority targets, a civilian or off-duty cop carrying concealed is no more likely to be targeted first than any other potential victim.
I am more than happy to discuss reasonable means to prevent firearm deaths, but let's start with honesty. That's something neither side has been willing to do.
It's seems we have separate domestic terrorist now in America. First we had the gang violence, most mainstream Americans did not have a good bead on this, it was an inner city problem and did not concern them. As it spread came awareness.
The we had the Oklahoma bombing and Columbine. Almost all the shootings in the last 10 years have been done by white men. The gangs are still out there, killing and maiming but they are not entering schools, bars and places of worship and gunning people down. Most of these guys were not even on anyone's radar.
Sensible guns yes but we need to deal with the mental health issues of the people in this country.