"It's a simple concept. We need civility across our nation," he said. "What we're seeing are symptoms of a bigger problem. This is a symptom. The problem is not gun laws. The problem is a lack of civility." - Mark Mattioli, whose 6-year-old son James was killed at Sandy Hook. Source
I think this quote says it perfectly. The problem is not the guns, its the culture of violence that we see. Its the culture of our society.We as a nation have fallen from our core values and have taken the greed of money to a new level.
I say this because I feel like money is the motivation for political figures as well as their agenda. Love of Money is said to be the root of all evil, and I agree with that. If you have an agenda to get the most for your buck what will stop you from making your point? Morals? How about the thought that this could back fire?
We no longer have morals. We no longer have "rights". Before it used to be discrimination against those who were of color, but we've broken those walls down and what was next? Discrimination against women. When that was broken down discrimination against other minorities came to light, then after that the hip hop industry. Now what do we stand against? Guns. Not the violent culture that we have contributed to for the last 100 years.
We need to identify that guns aren't the reason the crime rate has gone up, its because people are less conscious to the people whom they are hurting. We have became accustomed to violent movies, video games, and music, no matter what genre. Guns are the tools to carry out these violent fantasies. Movies like Rampage add to these fantasies. Games like Grand Theft Auto contributes to these thoughts.
How can we blame guns for people's actions when what we produce as a society encourages those behaviors. We place high value on jeweled cars and homes and people who want more seam to only want tighter restrictions on guns. I've notice that many lower class people are saying tighter restrictions for purchasing weapons but that this is a right that the government can not infringe upon, but the higher class people want less restrictions for higher sales margin.
Don't you think that's the problem? The way we address these problems are only affecting the way we plan on committing crimes and not how to reduce crimes. If we spent the same amount of time addressing gun safety and gun violence as we do debating whether certain guns are applicable to the constitution we would have a much SMARTER and SAFER community.
We have seen this in places like Switzerland. The have laws that most men ages 20-30 will under go military training and weapons safety courses. Consequently almost every home is required to have a military style weapon in house. Also lets talk guns and violence. The homicide rate grows there at 1.4% per year with about 9% involving firearms. The homicide rate here grows at 9% per year with 70% involving firearms. Source.
Maybe we need to focus on education and support rather then regulations and court. Maybe we should see that the problem is that we as Americans love violence AND our guns, so we should separate the 2. As the great H. Rap Brown said, " Violence is as American as Apple Pie" We need to address THIS issue before more people get hurt.