It’s like a broken record. And, it gets old. We can plug that formula into pretty much anything these days, since everything has become political and extremely polarized. Most would likely agree that’s the case with guns. We can fill in the blanks by rote for either side of the debate, pro or con. Hearing the same old phrases can be tiresome, even if we don’t necessarily disagree. The entire argument can become extremely off-putting.
But, when we must listen to obviously erroneous statements, made repeatedly like a mantra, one wonders if there is any value to discussion. What’s the point? If the opposition won’t even legitimately consider anything beyond their own narrow worldview, where would we go from there? Note, at this point we haven’t identified with one side or another. The above can apply to anyone.
Let’s Be Honest About Gun Control
We have written consistently about gun issues, gun control and the problems with so many responses to the subject. To see so many dismiss out of hand good arguments against popular calls for gun control is more than just frustrating. It’s a revelation. It’s a good bet the overwhelming majority of those parroting the need for gun control have no real idea what they are talking about.
That is not meant to trigger outrage and a litany of ad hominem attacks. Quite the contrary. Because, this is the problem. Most of the rhetoric demanding we “do something” about guns may be heartfelt but it is sadly empty. It is empty of any viable action and possibly even genuine concern.
Taking that last part first, how much do people really care? We see the usual suspects carrying on in the tradition of demeaning guns and anyone who likes them. But, if they truly cared, wouldn’t they want to promote policies that could actually work? Rather than the same old tired, feel-good but ineffective ideas.
Which leads to the first part, being able to take action to satisfy the anti-gun crowd. Hint: it can’t be done. Don’t misunderstand. It is possible to take effective action against gun violence. But, what would please the gun control folk and what would actually work are two different things. And the gun controllers keep insisting on all the wrong strategies and denying any attempts at better ones.Hint: it can't be done. Don't misunderstand. It is possible to take effective action against gun violence. But, what would please the gun control folk and what would actually work are two different things. Click To Tweet
Let’s Be Realistic About Gun Control
Emotional appeals will not fix the problem. In fact, they make things worse. The more we allow emotion to override rational thought, the further we get from finding a cure to what ails us. If we serve political partisanship in the name of public safety, we will have more of the first and less of the second.
For those who insist they are right, that guns are evil and should be banned, or at least more heavily regulated, you need to be able to do two things. One, show that the sentiment is actually true. It may not be as easy as you think. Two, provide the means to do that.
You can’t just say “do something.” Tell us how. And, again you can’t just say more fill-in-the-blank. Because, as has been proven continuously, typical gun control methods don’t work. Gun buyback programs (a misnomer) are a joke. Banning certain types of guns or limiting ammunition purchases or other similar measures negatively impact only law-abiding gun owners.
Spouting questionable statistics and clamoring for fatuous fixes does more than waste time and resources. It distracts us from meaningful dialogue and successful measures. An honest and realistic exchange would be a nice change of pace.