There has been a lot of talk lately about Gun Control. House Democrats recently held a sit-in to force Republicans to vote on their "Sensible Gun Control" bill. The Republicans put 2 bills forth earlier on the same topic and neither agrees.
In Concord NH, in a show of "Party Unity" several democrats, including current Governor, Maggie Hassan, sat in an empty State House to show they were with the Federal Democrats in this effort.
New Hampshire has some lax gun control laws in the state. This cannot be denied. It is not in the top 10 for most lax laws, but the state does have a low Brady Campaign rating for our gun laws. We are on the top 10 list of states with the least amount of gun violence, so it is hard for me to think that our "lax laws" contribute to the violence. States which do have very restrictive gun laws and no constitutional right to gun ownership are not free from gun violence, California has some of the most restrictive laws and they have had mass shootings. So do more restrictions stop the violence? No, because criminals do not obey laws. Let me put this bluntly...
MURDER IS AGAINST THE LAW IN EVERY STATE.
SHOOTING SOMEONE IS MURDER (or attempted murder if they don't die) IN EVERY STATE
So we already have a law against murder....yet murder is still happening. If a murderer cannot use a gun, but they are set to kill as many people as possible, they still will find a way. Home made bombs for example....we didn't ban pressure cookers after the Boston Marathon Bombings. Why? Because pressure cookers are not the problem. PEOPLE are the problem.
So if guns aren't the issue....what is?
Economic degradation. Poverty. Racism/Bigotry. Mental Health Decline. Drug Crime.
Prohibition of substances/rights/ideas....these lead to more crime. History has shown us this. America was founded with this idea that we the people should be free to make the choices that effect our lives. Each time our government tries to make that decision for us, crime goes up as people find a way around the law. When crime goes up, murder rates go up. What happens to those people who obey the law? Well, they are caught in the cross-fire.
There is nothing wrong with sensible laws as long as they do not take away your constitutional rights. I am not saying we should be putting the guns in the hands of the terrorists, but I do need to ask how if we know someone is a terrorist we are allowing them to walk around freely in this country anyway?
One of the current bills being reviewed by our national congress is regarding not allowing people on the "No Fly List" to buy guns. I have a couple of questions about this that no one will answer for me:
- How does someone get on the No Fly List - I have heard of people getting on the list for having an argument on an airplane that got loud and they were kicked off the plane. Does getting in a fight with someone make you a terrorist?
- Cat Stevens - (Yusuf Islam) the singer and peace advocate - was on the no fly list (I do not know if he still is) for making anti-governmental speeches while being Muslim. Really?
- Ted Kennedy got on the no fly list and I have never been able to find out how that happened - a mistake that they eventually cleared up, but it was difficult for a US Congressman to clear up the problem, how hard is it for us normal folk to clear up mistakes if they happen to us and seriously, how do you 'ACCIDENTALLY' put someone on a "No Fly List"
- Why is someone not allowed on a plane, but is still allowed to walk about freely in our public areas? What makes them a threat only on a plane and why do we take away their right to travel if they have committed no crime?
I disagree with creating lists in our country, it seems dishonest. If someone has committed a crime...arrest them, get them off the streets. They only list they should be on is the "Most Wanted" list and then arrested and brought to trial and either found innocent or guilty. If they are planning on killing tens to hundreds of people, get them off the streets on Conspiracy to Commit Murder charges. If we can't use the laws we have, when these laws cover the issues we are dealing with, what is the point of new laws?
Just something to make people think their government is doing something when nothing is actually being done.