It’s not “gun violence”, it’s human violence

If you ask Goldie Lookin Chain, “Guns don’t kill people, rappers do.” If you ask me, the answer is neither.

Goldie Lookin Chain suggests in their song, “Ask any politician and they’ll tell you it’s true; it is a fact that music makes violent. If the politician you choose is a Democrat, he will tell you that it’s not the music that causes the violence, it’s the caliber of the weapon. Anything over 9 millimeters could make the weapon more deadly.

Once again, the good US of A. is prey to violence whose source is unknown. In fact, it is very well known, but for political reasons it is not discussed because all peripheral issues are again brought forward for the sake of argument.

This politically forked language was too difficult for us to understand at first in our new home in America, which was obsessed with guns. Despite the fact that there was a process for amending the US Constitution (and they have repealed amendments in the past), the craze for the Second Amendment (“the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed”) did they create the Bill of Rights to make it difficult to remove its legal protections.

The Daingerfield church shooting on June 22, 1980 welcomed us to our new country. The attacker had killed five people and injured 10 others after they refused to be character witnesses in the trial in which he was accused of sexually abusing his daughter. On March 30, 1981, the assassination attempt on US President Ronald Reagan shocked us and the nation in our new city. In our first decade in the United States, we had to endure 20 mass shootings in which 321 people were killed. In a country you now call home, schools, churches, subway stations, McDonald’s branches, and banks were becoming the grounds for massacres by 14-year-olds, schizophrenics, graduate students, high school students, thieves, former or current army officers, policemen, foreign nationals, just two minutes after your passage (the HQ of the CIA in 1993)… it was too tolerable. Coming from a society where people are perhaps too concerned about others to be able to see personal problems before they become the reasons for such calamities, we couldn’t understand how the families of the three men couldn’t see that they were about to rob a bakery and kill the shopkeeper. and a mother and her two children buying bread. Families were there for their troubled members before they went on the killing spree. They would know if one of their family members was about to shoot and kill their mother, brother, sister-in-law and eight nieces and nephews on Easter Sunday.

Two people from Anatolia

For us, for two people from Anatolia, this conclusion of “loneliness” could not be accepted; Society, neighbors and your family should claim you. Not only families, but also schools, scout and boy scout groups, church groups and similar gatherings would know if any of their members started to think that this group had souls to save; before he began to save them by death, his friends would reach out and save him first, taking him to the community hospital. Yes, my wife and I saw that almost the whole nation knew what was needed; the study groups were recommending – after the fact – what everyone thought should have been done – before the fact. But public discourse was stuck on one issue: how to control guns. They can only if you “infringe the right of the people to keep and bear arms”.

Consequently, mass violence, from the mob attack on African American residents in 1920 to the shooting of Robb Elementary School in Uvalde on May 24, 2022, has taken place. After 12 mass shootings, politicians have once again heatedly debated the issue. The Democrats’ stance on guns is again focused on how much firepower those guns should have; and Republicans, as usual, oppose any ban. Charlton Heston, actor and then president of the National Rifle Association, ended his speech at the NRA convention in Charlotte, North Carolina on May 20, 2000, saying: ‘I’ll give you my gun when you take it out of my cold, dead hands.

“So, I want to say these words of battle for everyone in the sound of my voice to hear and heed, and especially to you, Mr. Gore: From my cold, dead hands…”

It’s such a divisive issue, but the general hostility and hostile arguments between the “no guns” and “get it” groups prevent reasonable people from coming together to discuss the crux of the real problem: guns. don’t kill people, people kill people.

The main argument against the theory that gun control saves lives is that even though two-thirds of all homicides are committed with guns, gun control would have no effect on rates. homicides because, “human nature being what it is”, homicides would still continue. . This seems to be the only way out of the all-or-nothing attitude on both sides, but it cannot be discussed in mainstream America today.

What about polarization?

This polarization seems to be the most important factor for both sides to stick to their guns (no pun intended). Every time there is a new shameful massacre in America, the Grand Old Party becomes more pro-gun; and Democrats are reducing their gun tolerance. President Biden recently lowered the limit of authorized handguns to less than 9mm. Mr Biden said the Second Amendment was “not absolute” in his call to restore the ban on assault weapons.

Of course, no human construction is absolute; law or institution, any human origin is far from being a definitive solution. But the polarization in the US Congress is so intense that the divergence between the two parties would not allow them to sit down and have a healthy discussion on the issue. It hasn’t done it since 1945 and it never will. It is true that firearms make certain attacks possible that simply could not happen without them. They also allow attackers to physically harm more people; the targeted individuals are psychologically unable to oppose the aggressor.

But manly scholars find discussing the issue from the abuser’s perspective confining: People shouldn’t be allowed to become abusers in the first place; and if they have a tendency to attack, it must be detected before they act to arm themselves. The current free pass society in the United States is so out of control that anyone who wants to get an assault weapon can do so undetected. Study after study has shown that the policy of minimal government interference in economic affairs would benefit the laissez-faire situation in legal and underground trade.

gun culture

America has a gun culture unmatched by any other nation. Yet U.S. gun control regulations are as strict as those of several other countries, if not stricter. There are many countries without gun controls as strict as the United States that do not have the same death rates as the United States

A 2016 study published in the American Journal of Public Health found that there was a strong relationship between higher levels of gun ownership in a state and higher rates of gun suicide, both for men than for women. This statistic is so often cited to show that society should devote more resources to mental health. Canada and Australia have easy access to guns like the United States, but their gun-related murders represent less than a third of the United States

Since our earliest days in the United States, we have witnessed institutional failures in the justice system, the school system, and the mental health care system. But the biggest failure happening in the country is happening in the American family. Watching the American family in ruins is devastating, and no law can solve this problem.

Goldie Lookin Chain may have been right when they said:

“So remember children of the double tapping of the head,

Guns don’t kill people, it’s just rap!”

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