Everyone by now is well aware of the atrocity that occurred in Texas at Robb Elementary. As such it comes to no surprise the tragedy is being used to push for gun control efforts (1). I understand wanting to solve a problem but using an emotional reaction for policies is not only foolish it is manipulative in fashion. Foolish, because policies that restrict Constitutional rights should be passed cautiously, with no reasonable argument against the policy. Manipulative because propaganda is the primary method to push for gun control. This is due to emotions being placed first most, and data secondary. This leads to ideals being placed above what works, and so only rumors testify gun control works not concrete evidence. I will just drop the definition of propaganda here by Britannica:
dissemination of information—facts, arguments, rumours, half-truths, or lies—to influence public opinionBruce Lanes Smith – Britannica (5)
Well to search for the truth, we must analyze the problem. So, the question is: is there a problem with mass shootings in America? The answer is yes, one mass shooting is one too much, but as we are all well aware there have been other mass shootings. The cries that mass shootings must stop are reasonable, and there is a problem on our hands, so we must come up with a solution.
The proposed solution currently is to restrict firearms. However, does restricting guns solve our current problem? Common-sense states, where guns are restricted the most, this would show if gun control works. It must be that gun-free zones, where restrictions on firearms are at the greatest, are a great solution to stop shootings. Wrong, on the contrary, the majority of mass shootings occur in gun-free zones (2).
The evidence is clear, like a car mechanic who states the clutch line has split, so your gonna need a new line-no way around it guy. We need a new solution. The highest-level of gun restrictions in America actually has the majority of mass shootings at an overwhelming proportion.
It comes to no surprise as an evil person will choose to harm things that are soft targets. Or in other words criminals will choose areas where it is easier for them to commit their evil acts. The last thing a murderer wants is the barrel of another gun that threatens to prevent their evil acts. So, the question becomes what is the solution if gun control does not work?
Well as I was leading to before the question, a good guy with a gun, or in other words Concealed Handgun permit holders. Wait a minute! Let us back this up before they throw another tantrum like a far-left individual who hears parents don’t want drag story time at their schools. Yes, we do have evidence my friend, here is a compilation of cases where concealed carry holders likely prevented mass shootings – https://crimeresearch.org/2022/05/uber-driver-in-chicago-stops-mass-public-shooting/
Alright we got our answer, more gun control is not the solution. Instead, allowing law abiding citizens to carry firearms in gun-free zones is the solution. We found our new clutch-line. For example, teachers who wish to carry in schools would be allowed to.
“Ohio is set to enact a law that allows teachers and other staff to be armed with guns in schools once they have completed up to 24 hours of initial training.”Jonathan Allen – Reuters (7)
If teachers are required to take handgun classes to be allowed to carry by all means do it, but for goodness’ sake to stop mass shootings allow law abiding citizens to carry firearms in a safe and respectful manner. We already found out armed police officers are not always going to do their job, whether due to error or inability is up for debate (6). We also found out a good guy with a gun can prevent a mass shooting: if one solution does not work, we should try a different approach.
Notice how I did one of those emotional appeals, right back, it is not too difficult.
However, what does take time is double checking evidence to ensure the betterment of our country, so with these evidential claims can we please try to stop children from being massacred? Or is this form of emotional appeal too strong, welp the gun-control advocates sure love to use it, so I thought I try it out. Regardless, to solve the problem we should use a what works solution that is backed by substantial evidence.
If I have made a strong enough argument, then we should strive to do what is best for the safety of the citizens, our fellow compatriots. The Lord calls governmental bodies to do justice, and to prevent evil. The Scripture states,
“3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:
4 For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.”Romans 13:4-5
The Scripture shows the role of governmental agencies I.E. the Criminal Justice System, is to prevent evil and punish those that commit crimes. If gun control is not working to prevent mass shootings, should we not try something else to ensure the prevention of mass shootings? As such the proposal put forward here is to allow law abiding citizens to carry in gun-free zones in a safe and respectful manner.
- All scripture is from King James Version Public Domain
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