Obama Aims Pen At Wrong Target: Gun Control
Published: Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Updated: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 01:01
Obama sent a proposal to Congress, wanting to put tighter restrictions on gun sales and ban automatic weapons, but with all his good intentions he is focusing on a nonexistent magic pill to fix the increasing problem of mass killings.
I know what you’re thinking: this guy is another one of those cowboy, hillbilly, redneck, white trash, Second Amendment nutjobs that would scream on Fox News, if they could, about retaining gun rights.
Okay, I am white trash—more or less—but I’m not a Second Amendment nutjob, and fuck Fox News. If we want to make any ground on this issue Obama should focus on mental illness instead.
Making it harder to buy weapons online and at gun shows is something that should’ve been done a long time ago, but banning automatic weapons violates our rights as citizens to protect ourselves.
Dumbasses rant about Second Amendment rights too much, but these rights were put in place for reasons without ill intent.
Historically they were created so people could protect themselves with rifles, but since then weapons have advanced. And as our government owns more sophisticated weaponry, so should the level at which a citizen should own a firearm.
Our government should never put rules into effect that compromise freedom. Government should be scared of its citizens enough that it wouldn’t oppress them.
The gun is only one part of mass killings. It’s the person behind the gun that pulls the trigger, so it’s annoying that no one is dealing with the mental illness issue.
The public and media focus always gravitates toward gun control because it’s a much simpler topic to talk about. People would find the weapons to harm people even if all weapons were banned. They can build a bomb in their garages if they want with schematics available at the click of a mouse.
President Obama should put his efforts toward the person and not the weapon. All of the mass killers were mentally ill. Communities across the nation would save more lives having a deeper discussion about mental health so they can notice problems with it sooner, treat it with proper medication and therapy, and if it’s absolutely necessary psychiatrists could make the proper precautions to prevent a patient from lashing out at society.
Friends, family, neighbors, and psychiatrists of these killers should spot these signs a lot sooner; with the proper treatment these people would have never gotten out of control.
Eliminating mass killings isn’t a quick fix and its solution is a combination of many things. Guns should not be the focus. Like I’ve said before, the media shouldn’t glorify these killers and we shouldn’t eat it up either.
We should be a kinder society—these shooters are lashing out at society; maybe we should be kinder to one another. Be more inclusive, caring, less judgmental, arrogant, manipulative, and passive aggressive.
Talk to that person on the bus, at the laundromat, or sitting all by their lonesome in a restaurant. In this cruel world random acts of kindness could go a long way.