Biden’s Actions on Gun Control Disappoint
When he was running for office, candidate Biden promised that if elected, on Day One of his administration, he would sign executive orders concerning gun control. Well, he got elected but there was this pandemic going on which became more of a priority.
You know, because it was killing more people than guns were.
So here we are, three months in and he is finally getting around to gun control. But only because when he said he wanted to work on infrastructure first, gun control proponents raised holy hell and then there were a couple more mass shootings.
Biden got shamed into addressing the issue. So he turned around and shamed us. He signed a few lame orders and then walked up to the lectern and told us that “Gun violence in this country is an epidemic, and it’s an international embarrassment,” and gun violence is a “blemish on the character of our nation.”
Mental health experts will tell you that lecturing and shaming people will not change their behavior or their beliefs.
And that is exactly what we need. A big change in people’s attitude towards guns.
I’m old enough to remember the days before M.A.D.D. — Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Young people today would be appalled to learn that there was a time when it was legal to get as drunk as you wanted and then get into your car and drive.
Here’s a fond memory from my childhood. Every holiday the police would report the body count on the highways. How many people killed and injured, mainly due to drunk driving. And the nightly news would dutifully report the numbers. We’re talking thousands of people. Every holiday. From New Year’s Eve (a biggie) to Memorial Day, Fourth of July (another biggie), Labor Day, Thanksgiving (four days of highway mayhem) and Christmas.
And we thought that this was normal.
Until one mother got fed up after her daughter was killed by a drunk driver and started M.A.D.D. in 1980. It took years, but they finally got the laws changed, but more importantly changed people’s attitudes towards drunk driving.
Nowadays, we are outraged when a drunk driver causes an accident, especially if it involves injury or death to other people. Back in the bad old days, people fought M.A.D.D. claiming that they had a right to drink and drive.
Think about that for a moment. People actually believed that they had a right to drive drunk, endangering themselves and other people.
I think about this every time someone waves an assault rifle around claiming that they have a right to own a weapon of war that puts their lives and the lives of the people around them in danger.
Yes, we have the second amendment guaranteeing a right to bear arms but two things come to mind. When that amendment was passed, the US was a very different place. We are no longer a frontier country with most of the population living amongst (rightfully) hostile indigenous peoples and dangerous animals. Most of us live in urban areas or suburbs.
The other thing that comes to mind is that amendments can be repealed. The 18th amendment, which established prohibition, was repealed by the 21st amendment. So the second amendment is not set in stone. It is not the word of God like the Ten Commandments. The second amendment can be altered or repealed.
But the NRA would never allow that, right?
Here’s another fond memory from my childhood. The National Rifle Association was founded to teach gun safety and marksmanship. Yes, the NRA used to be a “good” organization, right up there with the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts.
I grew up in gun country, but it was a very different culture back then. All the men belonged to the NRA. It was considered a service group, like belonging to the Elks or the Knights of Columbus. If you owned a gun, you belonged to the NRA. When your sons were old enough for their first guns, you took them to the rifle club where they could learn gun safety and how to shoot. It was a rite of passage.
Hey, it was the 60s. Boys got guns, girls got Barbies.
But the NRA turned to the Dark Side during the 70s and became the force of evil that it is now. Those hunting rifles have become assault rifles. And life has gotten a whole lot more dangerous.
Thanks Charlton Heston. On second thought, maybe I will pry your gun from your cold, dead hands.
More than laws or executive orders, we need to change people’s attitudes towards guns. A right to bear arms does not mean (and never meant) a right to own weapons of war.
Defending your home does not mean with a gun. I am so sick of stories about heroic homeowners defending their homes and families with a gun.
Do you know the best way to protect your home?
Any professional burglar will tell you when they are looking for a house to burgle, if they hear a dog barking, they move on to the next house.
And what if you are on vacation with your dog?
Yup, install timers on the lights in your house to go on and off as if you were home. Burglars prefer homes that are empty. If they see lights, they move on to the next house.
See? No guns needed. Your home, your family and your property are fully protected.
It’s changes like these that we need to make. If we can change people’s attitudes about drunk driving, then we can change their attitudes about guns. It will make our country a much safer place when there are fewer guns.
So Joe, stop lecturing and start legislating. Get the laws changed and while you’re at it, educate people, don’t lecture them.
First up on the agenda should be a total ban on assault rifles. They are weapons of war and have no place in civilian life. That includes assault rifles that are already owned. Just like we passed an amendment forbidding alcohol which included taking existing alcohol away from people, we can take assault rifles away from people.
Yes, we can take guns away from people! If your neighbor owned a tank or a missile launcher, you wouldn’t mind if the police or military took them away, right? So why not a rifle designed to kill as many people as possible in a short amount of time?
If you need to shoot a bear, get a hunting rifle. You don’t need a bazooka or an AR. Let’s exercise a little common sense.
And we need to work on the wording of the second amendment. Or maybe (shocker) get rid of it completely. Times change. The country has changed. We are not living in the 18th century any more.
Let’s have laws and a Constitution that reflect modern life.