COMMENTARY | Will tougher gun laws truly curb gun violence? While such measures will cause political leaders to pat themselves on the backs and crow that they have made strides toward creating a safer country, the truth is that stricter laws will do nothing.
Who follows the law? Law-abiding citizens, of course, and how many law-abiding citizens are gunning down innocent people?
Criminals will continue to break the laws and won't bat an eye at tougher gun laws. Those who wish to use firearms for nefarious purposes will continue to do what they have always done: They will circumvent the law and buy their guns and ammunition illegally while the citizens who follow the rules will be hurt by the laws.
Having been raised with guns in a hunting family, I don't see a need to have a gun that will fire several rounds in a few seconds. That is unnecessary when hunting and it is certainly overkill for home protection but at what point do we stop sliding down this slippery slope? The Obama gun control plan may seem like it is a governmental move to protect citizens but in fact, it is political maneuvering that will only lead America down a darker path upon which citizens will be left defenseless and dependent upon the government.
Instead of more gun control measures, the United States government should enforce those already in place. Instead of enacting more laws banning guns, focus on making schools and other public places safer. I am a proponent of concealed carry and believe that if more citizens were trained and legally prepared to defend themselves against violence, then violence would be reduced. Criminals prey upon victims who are weak, unprepared and vulnerable. If our government would help more citizens become strong, prepared and invulnerable, I believe we would see a reduction in gun violence.
What do you think? What would be your solution to gun violence in the United States? Is the Obama plan on the right track or going in the wrong direction? Leave me a comment or send an email to Southern Illinois News Examiner at email@example.com. Your comments may be used in a future report.