A mass shooting every day
100 deaths each day
Children afraid of going to school....
When will enough be #Enough?
Let’s discuss effective laws that would prevent future victims.
Let’s put some sense out there regarding this matter....
“Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.”
“The best way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”
Being proactive will ALWAYS be better, preferable, and save more lives than being reactive. EVERY TIME! #GunReform
Sutherland Springs is often claimed as a successful good guy w/ a gun situation...
The “good guy with a gun” narrative is also completely subjective. Everyone obviously likes to think they’re the “good guy with a gun”.
“Stand Your Ground laws allow me to protect myself. Society is safer if I’m allowed to shoot anyone who threatens me.”
SYG laws enable a person to use lethal action as a first step, instead of last resort defensive use. It’s a disgusting abuse of firearm ownership.
This allows systemic racism to play out in a fatal & tragic way....
“Shooters always target gun-free zones. We should eliminate them and allow guns in all spaces.”
There is nothing wrong with putting metal detectors in place, but to say that gun free zones are an invitation to shooters is completely inaccurate.
“We need to arm teachers in schools, to improve safety. More guns the better!”
Also, teachers are far underpaid already. Asking them to double as educators AND mercenaries isn’t reasonable in the least.
It also has resulted in teachers accidentally firing their own firearms in the classroom. This isn’t making kids safer. #GunReform
“Red Flag laws are unconstitutional. They violate my due process, & won’t save any lives.”
You need to calm down.
Many individuals who enact violence or commit suicide display multiple warning signs; this is a chance to prevent tragedy.
If you despise ERPOs, that just makes me question your nature/intention.
“Guns give an advantage to anyone carrying. We should all be ‘force multipliers’ in every situation!”
Allowing anyone & everyone to possess firearms, and become a “force multiplier” just puts more danger & violence into any given situation.
Again, “good guys w/ guns” is not the solution that it’s sold to be.
Not. Always. Safe.
“Safe storage laws would only hinder me from defending myself from an attack. I need to have quick and easy access to my firearm; that’s why I keep mine under my pillow/in my drawer/loaded/etc etc...”
Another great possibility is that it could be stolen from you if it’s not safely locked up....
“There are plenty of objects that can be used for violence (cars, hammers, knives), should we ban those?”
Guns’ primary purpose IS attack, so we obviously need to restrict access to these devices more heavily than others.
There’s an argument that we shouldn’t have restrictions on assault weapons because:
“People are killed by other means more often than assault weapons. Compared to other ways of dying, AR-15s don’t kill nearly as many people.”
Mass shootings are becoming much more common in the U.S. though. By giving easy access to guns, we are allowing it.
“Assault weapons aren’t real. AR-15’s (& similar guns) don’t have fully auto capabilities, and aren’t weapons of war. They’re not dangerous.”
These weapons allow for precision in blasting their targets, & high capacity magazines allow for many shots w/o reload.
“The AR-15 only uses .223 caliber ammunition anyway! Other guns are much higher in caliber than that; assault weapons aren’t dangerous!”
“The government can’t implement a buyback program. They’re my guns, it would cost the taxpayers way too much money, and it wouldn’t accrue any guns/it wouldn’t work.”
Self defense still completely possible w/ a gun if a buyback were implemented. #GunReform
Many of these individuals have been found to be in financial hardship, & would sell their assault weapons if they saw limited options.
In truth it wouldn’t pale in comparison to the cost of emergency medical personnel, Medicaid recipients, law enforcement, jail/prison time for the perps, tax-funded legal help, etc...
Don’t like taxes? Then you’d love the assault weapons buyback programs put in place.
“If people don’t have access to guns, they will still find a way to kill others, ergo gun control is pointless. People will use bombs... get bomb control instead.”
Few other methods are as lethal as guns, while still being remarkably accessible.
“Criminals don’t obey laws. They will still acquire firearms.”
If laws do nothing, then why do we have any at all??
(Intertwined with the previous myth)
“ONLY law abiding citizens will be affected by gun reform.”
Laws involving gun reform are designed to prevent as many dangerous situations as possible, NOT prevent every single shooting. That’s not realistic.
“Well you can’t repeal 2A, or confiscate our guns! It’s unconstitutional.”
“Don’t infringe on my gun rights, 2A says you can’t!”
SCOTUS has ruled that ALL rights have limits though, specifically 2A....
“Like most rights, the right secured by the Second Amendment is not unlimited…”. It is “…not a right to keep & carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever & for whatever purpose.”
Current examples include banning manufacture of fully automatic rifles for civilians, banning domestic abusers’ gun ownership, background checks, bump stock bans, etc.
We’ll note that the Heller case which Scalia spoke on was about self defense, for which AR-15 is definitely not needed…
Hmmm what does the AR-15 seem like it’s best suited for, besides gunning down school children....?
Many are are used unlawfully, and commonly possessed. Many lawful uses ( e.g. target shooting) does not take precedence over common unlawful use (e.g. school shooting).
“We don’t need more gun laws, we have enough already; we should just try to enforce those.”
We should ALWAYS be trying to improve our laws and employing additional ways of cutting crime down.
All still allowing gun ownership for the law abiding! Great!
“I can either own guns, or be a victim.”
“Guns are used for so many things (competition, hunting, sport, target practice), we can’t ban them or restrict them.”
Responsible gun owners need to understand what a firearm is primarily built for. #GunReform
Let’s prioritize. The rest should take a backseat here, #GunReform is needed in our nation.
“But DGU’s (defensive gun use) are 2.5 million per year, so the good far outweighs the bad. Everyone should always be armed; gun reform would be harmful.”
For that survey, they randomly asked 5,000 Americans if they or anyone in their household had used a firearm for self protection in the last year....
I will admit that DGU incidents can involve not even having to use the weapon, just the sight of one may be defense, but NOT to the degree of millions/year.
For every 1 time a firearm is used for self-defense, they are used:
4 times for accidental shootings
7 times for assault/homicide
11 times for suicide
“If someone is going to commit suicide, they will do it. We can’t prevent it with gun reform.”
Should a person’s life end because they make a grave mistake??
“Waiting periods for guns are pointless, and infringes on my right to bear arms. It’s unconstitutional!”
“We don’t need gun reform, we need to improve our mental healthcare system.”
1. Mental health issues ≠ violence. The two are not automatically equivocated. Just because someone struggles with a mental health issue, does not mean they will be violent.
“Veterans deserve unrestricted access to firearms. We are hurting them by implementing strict gun laws upon them.”
OF COURSE I don’t think that they should have any extra limitations in place regarding gun possession, but they should be cautioned along w/ the general population on the dangers…
Veterans are honorable & heroic members of our society, I fully revere them. That is why we need to advocate for safety, even for them. #GunReform
“Jesus wanted us to have guns, I’m just doing what the Bible says.”
To think that Jesus loves/loved guns is on a whole other level of self-indoctrination. #GunReform
“So many shooters are liberals, we just need to ban liberals from owning guns!”
“Mass shootings are isolated acts. I shouldn’t be punished for the wrongdoings of a few bad apples. Thoughts & prayers.”
So how do we respond to acts of terror? Let’s observe a tragic example we all know.
“Anyone who wants to implement gun reform laws are gun grabbers! They just want to ban all guns; call them what they are!”
“30% of people in the U.S. own guns, gun reform will never work...”
Most of us should want our neighborhoods, schools, churches, concerts, movie theaters, restaurants, offices, hospitals, & homes to be safe.
“Open carry laws make us all so safe, the more guns out in public the better!”
“We need to protect ourselves from tyranny, which will overtake this country if we have gun reform.”
“Look at Switzerland. They don’t have gun violence issues, and they’re all required to own firearms! The more firearms the better!”
In America, citizens often speak of needing guns to defend against other Americans or the government.
“Gun laws don’t work, just look at Chicago.”
OVER 60% of guns recovered from crimes in Illinois are from surrounding states. That’s VERY significant! #GunReform
“Mexico has strict gun control laws, but take note of their record high gun violence!”
70% of guns recovered in Mexican crimes can be traced back to the U.S., and that’s just what they have been able to trace! #GunReform
“You can’t implement gun reform. If someone wants to force me to obey these laws, you’ll have to try to take my guns from me. Come and get them!”
“Smart guns won’t solve anything. The technology is flawed & would only prevent me from defending myself as quickly as possible! Smart guns will get people killed.”
I’ve literally been told that if they want to go SWIMMING WITH THEIR GUNS, they might be prevented from shooting them off.
I’m not joking.
This would prevent straw purchasers from buying guns for criminals trying to avoid a background check, keeping weapons out of thousands of criminal hands.
“We shouldn’t discuss gun reform right now. Don’t politicize this shooting.”