JPH wrote:xmatax wrote:
I'm not really sure how the public opinion will be in 3 months or 6 months from now. If shootings keep happening then I expect the super-charged politics of banning stays alive..
I don't want to pick on you xmatax. I'm sure you are a decent, level headed person, but the sentiment expressed in the quote above is the one many gun owners are expressing. It may be a correct estimate but it seems to place the concern about our guns above the sorrow over the loss of life.
I think a lot of gun owners are more worried about public opinion and its' effect on gun ownership than the growing trend of mass shootings. Please don't misunderstand me, I do not support the ban of any guns in current civilian circulation. I see the solution to be far removed from the question of guns alone. I just think we as gun owners need to be less defensive and more concerned with the well being of all people. Every time some psycho strolls into a crowd of innocents and starts shooting, many of my gun owning friends begin to put defiant and inflammatory posts on facebook and internet forums. They barely acknowledge the tragedy, if at all, and they run to the closest gun show to buy another rifle and pat each other on the backs for being so patriotic. I think it lacks humanity and compassion.
This is not said in support for gun bans or outdoor shows that would draw the line between one legal rifle and another. Nor am I accusing you xmatax, of being insensitive to the loss of life. It is just a call for all of us to take a long look at how we view these questions and consider to the possibility that humility and compassion for the innocent may not be a better posture than defiance and that our first thoughts after a shooting should be centered on the dead and their families and not on public opinion.
JPH I don't take offense at all and I agree the loss of life is tragic and I in no way meant to take away from those affected by it. It was merely stated to point out the fact that the level-headedness of individuals is almost thrown out the window in the hours and days immediately following a tragedy and instead of thinking with their heads people tend to gravitate towards their hearts and are led by pure emotion. And you are also right in this goes both ways as you have stated.
I will agree there are things that need to be done about firearms (stronger background checks being one), but in my opinion banning any one single type of gun will not prevent such tragedies from happening they will be carried out via other means such as bombs or poisonous gasses or other methodologies. I think we can both agree there is a deeper reason behind what is happening than just guns or no guns and until that issue or issues in themselves are addressed the mass loss of human life will always remain in the realm of possibility.
Fact: The more people that own guns the more the likelihood of a gun related incident...It's just the law of averages but I don't believe in these circumstances it relates to the instrument of crime as much as it relates to the person and until we as a whole can put a grasp on what causes these things to occur, the tragic loss of life will become more and more prevalent in our lives (unfortunately).