I’ve heard the Stories. Seen the News Coverage. Experts. Politicians. Families of Victims in a senseless tragedy. Protests. Marches. Pleas for Justice. And pleas for Laws to remain the same.
Nothing has changed. Mental illness? Background checks? Anger Management? Gun Control. Some argue that our Rights are being infringed upon when our ability to own a gun is taken away. Some argue they need these weapons for Self-Defense. To protect their homes, their families, and their peace of mind. How can I argue?
The problem is: Tales of people using guns to defend themselves against Violence rarely make the News. If at all? When was the last time you heard of it? However, I have heard of every, single mass shooting that has taken place in recent U.S. History.
Children at school. People in a Movie theater. Gamers at a Convention. Folks hanging out at a Music Festival. Of course, this excludes gang violence and individuals caught in the wrong place at the wrong time in their own neighborhood. As you know, the List goes on and on. Your average, everyday, trying to enjoy Life type of venues. Then, what happens? Shots ring out. People unaware for moments too long. Run. Hide? Escape?
Some have suggested if the crowds have weapons, then, the gunman would be outnumbered. Yet, I tend to think of “Black Friday” when people run over other people to buy items on a Mega Sale. Confusion. Chaos? Tempers flare and that leads to nowhere Safe.
Finally, we’re left with the question: “Why?” Why would someone do something like this? And what can we do to stop them? First, I will address the ‘why.’
Once, I remember hearing on the News that two men got into a heated argument. One man shot the other because they disagreed on who was the better basketball player: Michael Jordan or LeBron James. This is a perfect example of why I give ‘mental illness’ less credence when it comes to Gun Control.
People get angry. When people get angry or let their anger build over time to the point where they seethe in it, they do terrible things. Many of those I’ve seen who commit such violent crimes have chosen to seethe in their anger. Instead of facing their disposition in a positive light, they bathe in it.
This, in a way, makes them feel better. They find enjoyment in it? Does this mean that they are mentally ill? No. It simply means that they made a choice. One different from the choice others make who choose not to wallow in gripes, fears, and frustrations.
Now, what can we do to stop them? What can we do to stave off contemplation of staying in bed for the rest of our lives? Who needs to come out and risk going back to the grocery store because you inexplicably forgot the milk? You may not like my answer:
I won’t call for Gun Control because there is no way to Control all the people who have Guns.
This is not about controlling guns. This is about controlling the people who have guns. I know people who have registered weapons. Some with military ties, others not. Yet, I visit them without hesitancy because they have Self-Control. I’ve known them long enough to understand my Life is not in danger upon arrival.
However, this is not the case with everyone. If I know a person is …temperamental, and you own a weapon, I’m not hanging around you too often. Call it bad vibes or a sixth sense, when I believe a situation even looks like it’s headed in the wrong direction, I’m gone minutes before then.
It’s because I don’t trust you to maintain Self-Control when you get angry while you own a weapon.
Trust goes beyond a Background Check. People pass Background Checks all the time when applying for Employment, that doesn’t mean they’re going to be a good Employee. When you actually get to know the person, see their work ethic on a daily basis …that’s when you know you have a good Employee.
Exactly. A person can pass a Background Check and have a registered gun. But do they have Self-Control? Do they hide anger or prejudice or bigotry in the crevices of their heart that’s seeps out when something or someone angers them? Will we ever know who the real you is until you get agitated? Are there Signs for this? I’m not an Expert.
I must conclude:
Until we gain the ability to Control people we will never have the ability to Control Gun Violence.
Since we’ll never have the ability to Control people, I do not see an end to Gun Violence while these weapons are so easily accessible to the American public. I wish that we, collectively, as a Society, could possess certain freedoms without consequence. Yet, that has never been the case.
If the cliche, “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few,” holds true, it’s time to lay down our Right because others have the Right to Live.