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Common Sense Steps Towards Reducing Gun Violence

Jeff Campbell

Posted on August 15, 2019 13:03

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Both sides continue to show they do not care about reducing gun violence by blindly using tragedy to play politics. It is time to take some common sense steps.

It is hard to cut through all the rhetoric, misinformation, “studies,” and noise when it comes to reducing gun violence. That is because the loudest noise makers are not interested in reducing gun violence. They are instead interested in advancing their own political agendas.

As a disclosure, I grew up in a gun owning household and am comfortable with handling a firearm. I no longer have or shoot guns, but that is not because I am anti-gun. Also, I have never been a member of the NRA, but I understand that their opposition to any form of gun legislation on the “slippery slope” grounds is no different than abortion rights groups’ arguments against any form of abortion regulation.

I believe that the Bill of Rights, regardless of semantics, are each individual rights, that should never be eliminated. They were and are the backbone of our acceptance of a stronger Federal Government. That includes the second amendment.

Many say that there are too many guns and gaining access to guns is too easy. That may be true, but something has changed in our psyche. Years ago, you could buy guns in just about any store, and without any paperwork, and yet the growing gun violence problem did not exist as it does today. Regardless of what the studies say, we have a fundamental issue with our culture becoming isolated and dehumanized through advancing technology and the constant visual reinforcement of gun violence.

Do not tell me that studies show this or don’t show that. Studies are inherently incorrect for many reasons – who paid for them, how they were constructed, and, in many cases, it takes generations to accurately measure the effects on the mind of various stimuli. So, we must turn to common sense for solutions. Details can be worked out, but here is an outline of what I feel is a start.

Anyone buying a firearm of any kind from anywhere should have to do two things. They should have to pass a universal background check, and they should have to present a valid certificate of completion for a gun safety course. As part of the course a psychological questionnaire should be added as part of the process as well as a social media analysis. Also, “red flag” laws should be instituted along with bans on body armor and high capacity magazines.

Next, all first-person shooter video games should be eliminated. If we truly want to change the “gun culture” it starts with changing how guns permeate our everyday consumption of “entertainment.” That includes Hollywood. If we are limiting smoking in movies and television, then we should end or restrict the production of “entertainment” that contains gun violence. Those that would oppose these steps are disingenuous about changing our “gun culture.”

I have read many of the parroted knee jerk reactions that both sides mindlessly spout out with each tragedy. Stop this nonsense and the politics now, and let's get some common sense steps started.

Jeff Campbell

Posted on August 15, 2019 13:03

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