I’ve said time and again that it may be too late for gun control, and in some ways I still believe that. Since the mass shooting at the Sandy Hook Elementary School took the gun control conversation to a different level, I began to rethink the whole matter and also believe that we should not give up on gun control if, for nothing else, future generations. As a baby boomer, my generation blew it.
As a regular feature on my former talk radio show, I would go into my gun control rap time and again whenever another shooting rampage would occur. Columbine of course was a hallmark in school shootings and it was obvious then that gun violence was becoming a semi-regular event at schools in general: that part does was borne out in time if you look at Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, and some other incidents at various schools around the country.
Not long before I quit my weekly talk show in order to move down here to Florida, I voiced my opinion that any serious gun control wouldn’t work because it’s simply too late: America allowed gun availability to increase beyond all reasonable levels all while our cultural infrastructure was unraveling. Over the course of the bloody 1960s as the American family unit disintegrated, and the drug scene mushroomed (no pun intended) gun availability permeated every sector of our society. We thought my outlawing mail-order guns (due to the Kennedy assassinations) we were doing something about easy access to guns: we were fooling ourselves. At that same time, the National Rifle Association was quietly working behind the scenes in making sure that any idiot could get a gun just about anywhere.
The inner cities of the United States were catching fire during the 1960s, and attaining guns was easy. Maybe the white dominated culture didn’t care if blacks killed blacks, but today that problem is overflowing in places like Chicago.Being black there as we’ve seen, can mean catching a bullet if you just happen to be standing at the wrong place at the wrong time. Chicago had over 500 murders by gun last year, and are on the way for a repeat performance in 2013.Catch an interview with suspects caught after shooting someone: white, black or Hispanic, and you most likely will not see a Harvard educated intellectual. You would be lucky to see a high school graduate. The thugs and morons using guns in crime across America can get their guns anywhere because America made that possibility a reality. We never thought about the ramifications of obscene gun accessibility in a world where law and order were simply breaking down, along with the American family unit.That recipe served up the bloody chaos that’s been happening for decades: we are only now having another “conversation” because the latest victims were children. As big city mayors contend regularly, they face a Columbine or a Sandy Hook on a weekly basis.
Among the murders that happen daily in America, there’s always the story of the idiot who gets a gun and leaves it around for a younger family member to pick up and accidentally shoot and kill a sibling or a son or daughter. This happens consistently in a nation overflowing with guns.Yes, the mentally ill have made big headlines because they too can get guns. Adam Lanza, the wild child who perpetrated the bloodshed at Sandy Hook only had to walk to a hall closet to get a gun from his mom’s collection. No law against the mentally impaired would have stopped him. The fact is, as much as we should increase gun background checks, it’s the morons and idiots who are behind most of the shootings. It will be next to impossible to stop these crazed fools because they have nothing else going on in their pathetic lives, so having a gun is an important factor in their sleazy lifestyle. I have no factual information to back me up, but I think all too many of the “worst people” in our society are the ones carrying guns, and the ones most likely to use one in the commission of a crime. It’s not a race thing-it’s a mentality and yes, socioeconomic thing. Someone with a higher level of education, and a worthwhile job is less likely to murder someone.Not to say that type of person never kills: it can be amazing what can happen when a lover or husband is rejected by a spouse or is fired from a job: that too in America now seems like a reasonable case for murder.
Anybody not intelligent enough to understand the cause and effect of shooting someone, is obviously the one stupid enough to shoot first, and cry about it later while in jail. They are the very people who shouldn’t have a gun because they’re not responsible enough.I’ll say one thing about the NRA’s loathsome Executive VP, Wayne LaPierre that I agree with: cities and other metropolitan areas around America need to pass and uphold stricter gun laws. This is one key factor New York City now has hit record level lows in gun related crime: they have very tough gun laws which mean serious prison time for carrying a gun, especially while committing a crime.There’s not too many repeat offenders of gun crimes doing the same thing in New York City. America needs to reduce prisons of drug-related offenders, and replace them with violence offenders, and that usually means criminals who use guns.
We can’t outlaw stupidity and recklessness, but we can make it harder for them to exist in society if they use guns in any criminal offense. I wish I could outlaw many in our culture from having babies. These buffoons can’t take care of themselves and they’re bopping out babies like toast! We need to pay attention to these creeps and focus on what we can do to limit their access to guns. I know this is sort of a reckless statement, but many of these types are the same people who’ll most likely have an attack dog like a Pitt Bull. I know Pitt Bulls can be friendly creatures, but like guns, placed in the wrong hands, they too can become weapons.
I do believe it’s too late for the current generation to see a valid change in our violent culture due to any new laws on gun control over the next few years, but we can begin down that road. Maybe future generations will be more sophisticated and logical than we’ve been over the past fifty years. This epidemic of gun violence did not begin recently. It has been allowed to fester and worsen since the 1960s. That was the time for America to have been proactive and place limits on gun availability: we can do that now, because we did do it in our past when we outlawed slaves from having guns.I’ll always maintain that our founding fathers, used to muskets, would not recognize what’s going on today, and not agree with the gun freaks who want no limits on what they can buy and shoot. We’ve allowed the crazies to take control of the asylum, and it’s time to fight back and take back control.Other countries allow for gun ownership, but have logical limitations on what any citizen can attain. It’s time for America to grow up and seize the sense it takes to be a real superpower.