"All of the hysteria calling for 'more gun control' is understandable from an emotional perspective, as a reaction to the horror of the recent mass shootings. But adding yet more gun control laws on top of the thousands of current laws restricting guns and who can buy them, who has the right to carry a gun, etc., will do virtually nothing to stop future mass killings.
What it will do is further restrict law abiding citizens of their right to keep and bear arms as supposedly guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the Constitution.
We hear about the socalled 'gun show loophole,” which does not exist. Gun dealers, whether selling in a retail store or at a gun show, still must run a federal background check on the buyer.
We hear the demand for
'Red Flag laws' to allow for the taking of guns from people deemed dangerous, while we do nothing to pre-emptively take guns away from known gang members who have clearly shown a disposition toward gun violence. We hear the calls for banning guns merely on the basis of what they look like, something that makes no sense and was tried before (the 1994 ban on so-called assault weapons was deemed by the U.S. Justice Department to have failed to have any impact upon criminality in the 10 years it was in effect, and faced little political opposition when it was not renewed in 2004).
Evil will always exist, and evil people will find the means to inflict pain and death upon the innocents. And since armed police cannot be everywhere at once, the real answers include better physical security where large numbers of people gather, and more freedom for the 'good guys' to have the means of stopping the psychopath when a mass killing is attempted.
The real long-term answer is to examine society and its culture to try to fix the roots of the violence that pervades our society. We need to
strengthen families, improve our schools and continue to expand the economy to give more of our citizens the opportunity to succeed in life without resorting to criminal violence.
But this is not easy, and not a 'quick fix' like another gun control law which will make some feel that they have done something, while in fact they will have done little except to erode the freedom and rights of those who are not the problem."