Deep Wounds

I’m against gun control. Not the idea of it — it’s a great thought and an incredible thing to aspire to — but I’m against it as a viable solution. I would be ecstatic if we could get rid of every gun in the world. But it’s not going to happen. We need to focus on another solution. Calls for increased gun control after a terrible tragedy are calling for a band-aid on a deep wound. It’s a good place to start, but then what?

Simply enhancing gun control is a much too easy “solution” to a very complicated problem. “But he couldn’t have shot people without a gun!” Thank you for the amazing insight. If only we had thought of that sooner. If only other places with strict gun control laws could serve as an example of how simply banning something makes it go away.

It’s not practical. You could ban all guns now and it wouldn’t make a difference. Do it right now. Ban guns. All of them. It will make you feel better, but it won’t stop gun violence.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not actually against gun control or trying to defend guns or gun owners or any of that NRA crap. I just don’t like to see people fooling themselves into thinking that gun control is the solution. It is definitely part of the solution, but far from a magic cure-all. Very far from it. At this point all it will do is make sure that every gun used in a violent crime was acquired illegally.

We need to accept that HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS of guns are out there and there is very little we can do to prevent someone from getting their hands on one. Ban guns. All of them. Do it now. But what about when mass shootings and gun violence continue?

Let’s start thinking about that now. Let’s imagine that preventing gun violence by banning guns is never going to work. What other answers are there? What else can we do?

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