I perused the comment section of a recent Missoulian post on mass shootings in America. Many of the comments made my head spin. Here’s a smattering:
criminals are cowards more people with guns = less crime no more gun free zones
Arm as many law abiding citizens as possible.
Obama will eventually claim that Climate Change affected the brains of these poor individuals and sympathize with these lunatics. That’s our president.
If I were president I would arm each American family with AR-15’s ”Community Malitia” that can be called upon to protect against terrorism.
I guess everyone at the Christmas party in San Bernardino should have been packing AR-15s. That’s the holiday spirit!
I refuse to carry a handgun everywhere I go in fear that some madman with a gun will unload on me. That scenario reminds me of some sort of dystopian movie along the lines of Mad Max, Escape from New York or A Clockwork Orange.
Fortunately, for my own sanity, I found one thoughtful link amid the rants. It’s written in six points and backed by research, and it refutes the claim that more guns mean less gun violence. I’ll skip to #6:
Background checks work
In most restrictive background checks performed in developed countries, citizens are required to train for gun handling, obtain a license for hunting or provide proof of membership to a shooting range.
Individuals must prove that they do not belong to any “prohibited group,” such as the mentally ill, criminals, children or those at high risk of committing violent crime, such as individuals with a police record of threatening the life of another.
Here’s the bottom line. With these provisions, most US active shooters would have been denied the purchase of a firearm.
That seems to be a relatively simple fix that could curb a lot of the gun violence. Please take a look at the other five points, too.
I’d like to add that I’m a strong supporter of the expanded background checks proposed by the Missoula City Council. After a few more tragedies, this idea might spread to the county, the state and even the nation (in places where strict gun laws aren’t already in place).
Let’s make Missoula the starting point.