Sunday, June 12, 2022

Gun Laws Do Not Prevent Crime

There are thousands of local, state and federal gun laws already on the books, yet crime is surging.  In fact, many Blue States and cities in particular have the most restrictive guns laws in the country and the highest crime rates.  So anyone who thinks that more guns laws will stop mass shootings and or reduce the murder rate in the United States is delusional.  Unfortunately, criminals do not abide by gun laws.  They steal or buy guns illegally.  Further, in some cases those who have purchased guns legally and then committed crimes had no prior criminal record, or history of mental illness that would have shown up in a background check. 

As such, the new laws being proposed by Congress will only make it harder for law abiding citizens to buy guns.  It is true that convicted felons and those judged mentally ill should not be allowed to buy guns; but those laws are already on the books in many states.  Privacy laws may be preventing people from showing up in background checks who are taking legally prescribed mind altering drugs to deal with things like Attention Deficit Disorder, Bipolar illness, Depression or Anxiety.  These drugs have known side effects that sometimes include suicidal tendencies.  Perhaps, people taking these kinds of drugs should be on a national registry so that at least there can be further review should they attempt to buy guns. 

However, the reality is that until we are willing to deal with dysfunctional families, children born without dads in the home, and rampant drug and alcohol abuse, we are not likely to see less crime.  Further, our public schools are failing the nation as half the kids in our country cannot read or do math at grade level and inner city kids are way below grade level.  This is all a ticket to poverty.  Poverty often leads to crime.  Black on Black crime is a major cause of murders in our inner cities.  It is what it is.  

Finally, instead of fewer cops on our streets, we need far more cops on the beat to get illegal guns and criminals off our streets.  This would involve stop and frisk that many deem to be unacceptable.  Schools also need to do a better job of identifying kids with serious mental issues.  Until we deal with the roots of crime in our country, no matter what is done in reference to new gun laws, we will not see less crime.  It really is that simple.     

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