A few articles and opinions from around the web
Articles related to the gun control debate are easily found. Below are some that are compelling and thoughtful.
“Guns kill 35,000 Americans a year. They’re a threat to public health. Let’s act like it.”
“The real problem with gun violence is not about mental hospitals, armed teachers, bump stocks or age requirements. The real problem is that there are far too many firearms in America — more than 300 million, according to Congress. They are too easy to obtain and they are becoming ever more lethal.”
“The time for me to make a decision between my constitutional interpretation and my responsibility as a lawmaker came when legislation was proposed in 1988 to ban the production of plastic guns, which would have been able to avoid detection by the screening devices in airports and federal courthouses. I still recognized that to prohibit plastic guns would constitute an “infringement” on gun ownership, ostensibly a violation of the language in the Constitution. But we “infringe,” with the permission of the courts, on the right of free speech in crowded theaters. We “infringe” on the rights of unimpeded travel by requiring of drivers the granting of licenses and the passing of tests and the inspection of safety devices and emissions controls. We, as a society, put red lights at intersections, we prohibit libel and slander despite our constitutional freedom of speech and if, as the constitutional language clearly suggests, the purpose of protecting gun ownership was to create a de facto, at-the-ready, citizen militia, that same Constitution also gives Congress the authority to regulate the militia.”
A few of the 11 Fake Arguments:
- The Deflect: “The real problem is X, despite the fact that every other nation in the world has X, but doesn’t have regular mass killings.”
- The Distract: Propose absurd, unworkable idea, one that’s never been done before, as the perfect solution in hopes of people getting sucked into an argument on that instead of discussing proven remedies that have worked in multiple other nations.
- The Ahistorical Historian: “While the Constitution didn’t actually say X, the Founding Fathers put X in the Constitution.”
“Instead of focusing on mass killings, we need to address everyday gun violence. That is where laws can work. Lowering the daily toll of gun violence — the criminal misuse of firearms, accidents and suicides — is within our reach, through universal background checks, safe storage rules and more vigorous prosecution of gun trafficking.
And can we talk about suicide? Among gun casualties, 60% come from suicide. We spend hours discussing what we can to do prevent mass shootings, which account for only a fraction of gun victims, and almost no time on preventing the most common way guns are misused.”
from: Of course we need to talk about gun violence in America. The question is how to do it effectively – An editorial in the LA Times
“Before I started researching gun deaths, gun-control policy used to frustrate me. I wished the National Rifle Association would stop blocking common-sense gun-control reforms such as banning assault weapons, restricting silencers, shrinking magazine sizes and all the other measures that could make guns less deadly.
Then, my colleagues and I at FiveThirtyEight spent three months analyzing all 33,000 lives ended by guns each year in the United States, and I wound up frustrated in a whole new way.”
from: I used to think gun control was the answer. My research told me otherwise – An editorial in the Washington Post