This injustice brings up the ongoing gun control debate. Everyone wants to stop these acts of violence. But, to do that we need to know the cause of violence.
In the middle ages (1330 AD) when the Black death swept the world killing 60+% of the population the list of most of the preventives and cures were things we consider silly; Aromatherapy, Religion, Rotten Treacle, Live In a Sewer, Let Leeches Suck You Dry, Eat a Spoon of Crushed Emeralds, Wash Yourself With Urine, Smear Yourself With Human Poop, Rub Your Wounds With a Live Chicken, and Kill Jews.
However, they did come up with the idea of quarantine. Unfortunately, they did not understand fleas and rats also needed to be blocked.
Now we understand about bacterial and viral diseases and how they spread. So, we will most likely be able to control the current Madagascar outbreak of pneumonic plague, which is air born and can kill in 24 hours.
But, we obviously aren’t able to control the violence we are seeing in Las Vegas and San Antonio.
Democrats immediately scream gun control, more laws. But, in the Las Vegas shooting even Diane Feinstein (California Senator – D) admits there is no law in place or imagined that would have stopped that shooter. He was legal. In San Antonio, the shooter lied and broke a number of existing laws that were in place to stop him. He was very illegal. The laws were ineffective.
As we look around the world we see the effect of various ideas on how to stop mass killings. In the UK and Australia law-abiding citizens were disarmed and while gun violence is down all violence against individuals is increasing at alarming rates. Disarming the Japanese is said to have worked, but it is far more likely that the huge, expensive police force with an officer on nearly every street corner is a more likely reason.
Venezuela’s citizens were disarmed and strict controls put in place. Caracas is now claimed to be the deadliest city in the world. But, it is hard to get real numbers from a socialist dictatorship. Bogota did the same and is safer. We see this pattern of good and bad effect from restrictive gun laws across the world.
Did you know 75% of gun-related violence takes place in just 5% of US zip codes?
It should be obvious we are still trying to cure a plague without knowing the cause. We are simply reacting to what we fear with whatever we imagine will make us safe. Way more people are killed in traffic accidents than mass shootings or any form of gun violence. But we don’t fear traffic accidents. The result is we make rational decisions about how to reduce traffic fatalities. We actually look for the causes and eliminate them.
In an age where we can build our own guns with common tools, even 3D printing guns, it should be obvious we cannot eliminate guns. Criminals will always have access to guns. It is a reality. Deal with it.
Laws are enforced by bureaucrats. They messed it up in regard to San Antonio. Look at the Veteran’s Admin and healthcare. A significant percentage of our veterans are dying because they can’t get the care they need. The problem is bureaucratic incompetence. We see the same scenario of incompetence with the Bureau of Indian Affairs managing reservation healthcare. And we saw the result in San Antonio.
We have laws to prevent fraud like Enron committed. But, the enforcement people of the time were busy watching porn on government computers and partying in Las Vegas. They were ineffective.
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