Is it me or is it sad we have to specify which state to differentiate shootings at Walmarts? It was Mississippi earlier this week and now there's a massacre in El Paso. El Paso is one of those cities I love to visit and I know I've been in the general area where this shooting happened. Then again, why does it matter? It's clear there's a trend of a problem going on. What we need to do is work together to find a solution.
It seems we're quick to offer "thoughts and prayers" yet fail to read what is proclaimed in James 2:17: "Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself." These thoughts and prayers amount to inaction and ultimately a lack of works.
When I go to Canada, I don't worry about this kind of stuff. It seems they have a handle on things. This is even when I walk the streets of Thunder Bay, who often holds the title of "Murder Capital of Canada."
It's clear there's a solution out there. It's not too soon to talk about this because it's happening all the time. If we continue to fail to act, this will continue as the trend has already shown us.
I want this to be a dialog between people in our own words instead of sharing articles that you think proves your point. Letís make this a genuine conversation that leads to a productive dialog that can be discussed with other people. Letís just imagine weíre sitting at a table across from each other talking.
Here are my points:
1.) People are quick to point out the ďshall not be infringedĒ ending of the Second Amendment, but fail to read the beginning that defines a ďwell regulated militia.Ē Well regulated has multiple meanings, but the intention was in working order. I do believe owning guns is an essential part of our freedom and the preservation of our freedom. With that being said, for this preservation of freedom to be in working order, there needs to be regulations in place in the context of how we think of regulation. I will outline what I think these regulations are in my below points.
2.) I donít believe in banning any guns. A gun is an inanimate object. Itís the person who ultimately gets the gun and commits the crime that we need to prevent.
3.) I believe there needs to be universal background checks on any weapon purchase. I need to show ID to exercise my right to vote. I need to show ID in so many other contexts of my life. Why is it different to validate that I truly have the right to own a weapon? The same check should go on ammo purchasing.
4.) I believe in conceal and carry with proper training. Being over 21 years old without a criminal record doesnít prepare someone to diffuse an active shooter situation. If someone is willing to go through extensive background checks and training on par with what law enforcement goes through, they should have every right to conceal and carry. This means shoot or no shoot situations and training to the point that they can subconsciously react and diffuse an active shooter situation.
5.) I believe every gun should be registered to its lawful owner. Transfer of ownership is no different than transferring the title of a car. As of right now the term ďillegal gunĒ is meaningless. It depends on who owns this gun that technically makes it illegal. If Iím a felon, the gun is illegal. If I hand the gun to someone else who isnít a felon, the gun suddenly becomes legal. We need to have a system that traces ownership and holds people accountable to make sure that their legally owned gun doesnít end up in the wrong hands.
6.) I believe these laws should apply federally. People complain about Chicagoís gun crime and strict gun laws, yet fail to realize itís a short drive to Indiana, who has some very lax gun laws. This patchwork of laws allow major holes in the system.
7.) To get control of our border situation, we also need to get a handle on our gun situation. We often talk about the drugs coming north from Mexico, but donít talk about the guns from the US going south. With out current laws, it makes it easy to arm the cartels and fuel the border violence we are trying to keep down.
I honestly think we donít have to do a ton to bring down these massacres. We do have to do something. Our current approach isnít working and itís a matter of time before something bad happens to one of us. I donít want this to happen. Thereís many other topics like mental health out there and I could write a novel. Iím trying to keep this a bit within scope of what we can specifically do about guns.
If you have something to add, I am encouraging an honest dialog. Letís keep this respectful and maybe we can learn from each other and find a solution we can agree on. I just know doing nothing is akin to sending our thoughts and prayers with no works.