I typically just do one whisking thought a month but due to all the issues this nation is facing and fighting over, you know the gun control thing, I felt the need to do two. The main thing weighing on my mind is, is gun control possible?
Is Gun Control Possible
I have so many concerns and questions, just like many American’s, these days. Everything from gun control, mental health, to the education of this nation. However, as promised I will not leave you empty-handed, at the end of this post there are 12 of my favorite one-pot wonders to get you through those busy weeks ahead!
What do we do when we live in a nation where the system is completely broken? Rally together as one nation speak up and demand change. That is what we do.
This nation is so torn apart. Sometimes I lay awake at night and question if a change is truly possible. Is there any coming back from the destruction, the past mistakes, misunderstandings, missteps, that we have caused?
This nation has been fighting for gun control a lot longer than what we should have. So it is practical that we ask, is gun control really possible? We say it is because the pockets of the NRA are so deep, or we can’t revoke the people’s rights to bear arms or politicians just can’t agree, so it gets dropped and brushed under the rug for another day.
Now I can’t speak for any of the reasonings mentioned above, but I can say the issues are much bigger and broader than gun reform. Which is why I question is gun control really possible?
Now I am all for Gun reform. I don’t understand why ANYONE would need a semi-automatic weapon, people hunted for years without them. However, now that they are out there, truly ask yourself can we get rid of them, 100%? Yeah, we can prevent distributors from selling them or anything that can teach or train a person to convert a basic weapon into a semi-automatic. We can spend days and years going through gun registration forms to see who legally owns them, then repossessing the semi-automatic guns. But! Who is going to pay for all the manpower and the labor to do that? The government? I think not that is yet another bill for the American people.
Besides just the cost of that one task. Let’s look at the big obstacle how we plan on preventing them from being sold on the black market. What would their punishment be? Jail time? You mean in the already overcrowded jail system? How about we build another prison? Yet another bill for the people.
So is revoking a type of gun practical or even possible. Is gun control possible?
Oh, there is a way we can do this without billing the people some say. That is to have a list of the mentally ill individuals and convicts, so they cannot get a weapon. First off, most convicts that are on probation are not allowed to carry or have a weapon in their possession, but they somehow still find a way to get one. Second most, mentally ill people are not violent because they got diagnosed and got treatment.
Therefore, if we do make a law where all mentally ill people will be placed on a list, so they can not possess a weapon; how many people would avoid getting tested and treated? Besides, who are we to take away a person’s basic right to privacy, in the medical field we call that HIPPA. That is just like making a list of everyone that tested positive for Hepatitis, tuberculosis, HIV, AID and any other blood born pathogen diseases that can cause a slow and painful death if gone untreated.
Which brings to my final question about mental health and gun control. How would one determine what mental illnesses get put on the list? Who will define which diagnosis is dangerous? So I ask again, is gun control possible?
There are two ideas that have been brought to the table when it comes to Gun Reform that I thought was rather ingenious. First being raising the age in all states to 21 before someone can legally buy a weapon. Honestly, I think that should be 25 the same age when insurance premiums drop. But!! Like I said before there is always the black market, unfortunately.
Then there was a weapon restraining order, pretty much if someone is making a threat to harm themselves, someone else, or are acting erratically, it gives the government the right to repossess their weapons until they are deemed fit to carry again.
Now I see that to be a good thing, if and only if, the government listens to concerns. I also see a problem with this because if a woman is being stalked and she goes to the police to file a complaint she cannot get a restraining order unless there is proof she is in harm’s way. So, unfortunately, with this weapon restraining order thing, I must question if it will really work, and what kind of evidence will they require before acting.
Which still leaves the question, is gun control possible? The facts are clear that this is a big issue in this nation. The facts also show this is not going to go away overnight. There is no clear-cut answer on how to handle this, we got ourselves into a pickle.
One thing to keep in mind through this whole process is our nation’s past with banning items. Let’s not forget about prohibition and how that turned out. We the people, if we want something bad enough, will find a way to get it. If there is a will, there is away.
I do believe changes need to be made, but is there a clear-cut way to fix the problem by fixating only on gun control. Sorry but no. We need to fix our court system, our jail system, our mental health epidemic, gun control, and the government.
Is gun control possible? Yes, but it comes with fixing all that is broken, not just creating more laws and restrictions.
Honestly, I think everyone in Congress and any government higher up in this nation should slash their salary in half. They should live off what the people live off of, and pay for the mess they made. Why make the people pay for their mistakes? The way I see it is if I went to work and didn’t do my job, and took over a few days to resolve issues, I wouldn’t have a job. We the people have waited years for answers, why do they still get the cushy jobs with benefits and pay? But, that is just this blue-collar mom of two innocent children opinion.
So now that I rambled and came up that gun control is possible if and only if we fix many other things. Here are 12 of my favorite one-pot wonders to get you through those busy weeks ahead!
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