Americans Stand Firm Against Gun Control

Americans Stand Firm Against Gun Control

With all the liberal opinion pieces that keep coming out to criticize gun laws in the United States, it would seem that, on the surface, Americans want more gun control.

In the wake of the Las Vegas shootings, plenty of people shared their uninformed opinions on how gun control measures would reduce such massacres. Proposals ranged from banning bump stocks to reforming concealed carry laws and even banning popular pocket holsters.

Everyone was spewing their ideas on the new laws that were so sorely needed to make the United States more like Europe (even though it has more than its fair share of violent attacks).

The numbers tell a different story when it comes to public opinion on gun laws. Huffington Post (yes, the site that’s as leftwing as it gets) conducted polls regarding what people thought about gun control three times in the last two months – once right after the mass shooting in Las Vegas, once around the end of October and once immediately following the mass shooting at a Texas church.

The pollsters probably expected people to overwhelmingly side with stricter gun control measures, but they were in for a surprise. The percentage of people who supported stricter gun control was about the same in each poll, which was also similar to results of surveys over the past two years. And over the last two decades, the percentage of people who prioritize protecting gun rights has been trending upwards, whereas the percentage of people who prioritize controlling gun ownership has been going down.

Liberal outlets, including the Huffington Post, have gotten so desperate in their search for answers that they’re claiming maybe we’re just desensitized to gun violence. This couldn’t be further from the truth, and it does the American people a disservice. Everyone recognizes that it’s a tragedy when innocent people are killed during a mass shooting. But not everyone has the knee-jerk reaction to institute ineffective gun control measures.

The reality is that gun control is one of the most polarizing political issues in the country today, and people’s attitudes towards gun control almost always reflect their deep-seated political views. There’s a stark contrast in how conservatives and liberals view gun ownership, and that also affects how each group views mass shootings.

The liberal perspective on a mass shooting is to look at the firearms used and blame the fact that someone was able to obtain them, even if the perpetrator violated gun laws to get said firearms. The conservative perspective is to put the blame squarely on the person who pulled the trigger and recognize that the person could have wreaked just as much havoc with a homemade bomb or a truck.

Despite all the negative publicity guns and gun owners have gotten from the recent mass shootings in Las Vegas and Texas, the majority of the people in the United States still don’t believe in the effectiveness of gun control. The Huffington Post found that the percentage of Americans who wanted Congress to take action to prevent mass shootings, instead of believing that new legislation can’t reduce mass shootings, was just 41 percent in each of the three surveys. (A bit surprising that they reported that, despite being a far-left publication).

A separate survey conducted by TPW, a custom essay writing service, asked respondents, regardless of what they wanted in terms of gun control, if they thought it was politically possible for Congress to institute tougher gun laws, and only 37 percent said yes in all three of the surveys.

It’s clear that while gun control is such a polarizing subject, most Americans don’t believe it’s an effective solution to gun violence. Even some former gun control advocates have changed their tune on it after taking time to go over the statistics on gun violence and seeing how little of an impact proposed gun control measures would actually have. Liberal magazines like WaPo have pointed out that it may be smarter to ban parts of guns rather than guns themselves, and Democrats are working on legislation that would tighten controls on AR-15 lowers and uppers.

Besides the obvious fact that restricting gun rights is unconstitutional, none of the popular gun control proposals would do much besides make things a bit more inconvenient for your typical law-abiding gunowner who isn’t looking to harm anyone unless it’s in self-defense. In an age when 95 percent of Americans shop online at least yearly, restrictions on owning guns are not going to stop people from buying them.

Of the 33,000 gun deaths in the United States per year, two-thirds of those are suicides, and none of these gun control proposals would make a dent in that number. If gun control advocates really wanted to save lives, they’d be focusing on suicide prevention, and that has nothing to do with taking any someone’s guns. It requires getting those suicidal people (who are predominantly older men) the help they need.

After suicides, the most common gun deaths are male homicide victims between the ages of 15 and 34, followed by female shooting victims, typically in a domestic violence case. Again, these are situations where there are ways to make a difference, but they don’t involve more gun laws. Interventions with at-risk young men can help with the homicide rate, and support for domestic violence victims can reduce the number of women killed by their partners.

Gun control proposals don’t solve the most common types of gun violence, and a major reason is because they focus on irrelevant issues. There’s the always popular attempt to ban so-called “assault weapons.” If you’ve spent any time in California, you likely already know how often lawmakers can redefine when a gun is considered an assault weapon.

There’s the attempts to make concealed carrying illegal, as if a criminal would ever care whether they’re legally allowed to have a gun on them or not. Again, it’s a proposal that would only affect the law-abiding gun owners who could potentially stop a crime when it happened – just like Stephen Willeford helped stop the recent mass shooting in Texas.

Fortunately, the polls show that Americans aren’t falling for claims of how effective gun control could be. Even after the recent tragedies that liberals have tried to use in pushing their own anti-gun agendas, most of us realize that gun control is not the way to go.

Sam Bocetta

Sam Bocetta is a retired Naval contractor who worked for over 35 years as an engineer specializing in electronic warfare and advanced computer systems. Past projects include development of EWTR systems, Antifragile EW project and development of Chaff countermeasures. Sam now teaches in Ottawa, Canada as a part time engineering professor and is the ASEAN affairs correspondent for GunNewsDaily.com.

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