“In Support of Gun Control”

2004 vacation 095As a moderate conservative, I am not going to make many friends with the insight shared in this post but I can’t ignore the information.

The following is the transcript of a recent conversation I had regarding gun control with my friend, Tom who is a British national.

Tom:   Following the school shooting in Scotland in 1996 a law was passed prohibiting private ownership of handguns throughout the United Kingdom.

Me:      How many school shootings have there been in the UK since that law was implemented?

Tom:   None.

I really like Tom; he is a fine upstanding young man. However, I have been around long enough to know that one should check facts before going public. Here is what I found.

On March 13, 1996 Thomas Watt Hamilton killed 16 students and one teacher at Dunblane Primary School in Dunblane, Scotland. 10 others were also wounded in the attack before Hamilton took his own life.

Following this tragedy public outcry resulted in the implementation of the Firearms Act of 1997 (Amendment No. 2) that prohibits private ownership of handguns with the exception of muzzle loaded and historic handguns. In the 17 years since the implementation of the Firearms Act of 1997 in the United Kingdom there have been no school shootings in that nation.


Meanwhile, since 1996 there have been 64 school shootings within the United States.

I love America and support the constitution and the right to bear arms. I also support the right of parents and students to rest easy with some assurance of their safety.



Read more: Timeline of Worldwide School Shootings | Infoplease.com http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0777958.html#ixzz3KftuUivP


2 thoughts on ““In Support of Gun Control”

  1. While taking all hand guns away from people, may have worked for a period of time. But unless we look at the root of the problem just taking away hand guns will not solve the issue. Look at China. How many people were killed with a knife? No guns were used in that attack. I realize that this was not a school, but a train station. Still just removing the weapon of choice does not solve the problem. In the school shooting of late, it seems to me that the people who owned the guns were not taking care of them in a proper way. The reason we baby proof our homes is to keep little hands away from dangerous things. The reason we have drivers education is to train the new drivers in the proper way to handle the car. So the question I would ask is how do we “baby proof” our schools and homes so the babies can’t get into trouble? When a child is left in a car in the son, and the child dies do we not charge the parent? They are the one who has control of the car. But when a child gets into our guns do we go after the person who owned the guns or do we try and make more laws to stop what is already against the law. So many laws were broken in the shooting at Marysville. Laws which could have prevented what happened. But no one is looking at those laws. Just the fact that a hand gun was used. Other weapons could have been used, but the young man chose a hand gun. It seems to me that rather than making more laws, most of which will not be enforced, we need to look at why the guns were available to the young man. Every gun that is sold comes with a trigger lock and key. At my last physical exam by a Dr. I was asked if I used a helmet when I rode a bike, and if I had any guns were they locked up so the local kids could not kick down the door and get at them. If I am a law abiding person I should be responsible for making my home “baby proof” so people will not get hurt or hurt others.

  2. My thoughts of “In Support Of Gun Control”: While I can understand your reasoning, I disagree with it. I am assuming this topic is on your heart due to recent events in Marysville. Any time a young person, or anyone for that matter, uses a weapon to injure or kill others it is a tragedy. I do not feel the response should be to remove the rights of the rest of us to have handguns for personal protection or collector items. The reason the kid did what he did was not because he managed to get a gun, but because he was one messed up individual. If guns were not available, he would have found some other means. I believe we need to look at the root cause of why these things keep happening and begin to address that – absentee parents, lack of discipline or structure, government interference in raising children so bad that parents are afraid to try to discipline them, an “if it feels good, do it!” society that has created a lazy, spoiled generation of kids with limited morals who feel like they are entitled to have what they want, do what they want, when they want, however they want, with whom they want, with no questions asked and no consequences, no matter how it affects others. No matter how many laws are passed, no matter how many restrictions you put on law-abiding citizens, people committing criminal acts will not care. You will not affect them. You will only make life more difficult for the law-abiding citizens. Let’s start looking at how we change the kids, not how to give away, or take away, law-abiding citizen’s rights.

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