But what about other gun violence? What about my neighbor's gun going off when he's cleaning it? What about gun suicides? What about domestic violence?
Yes, those are serious issues. But no law, no matter how well devised or enforced, will be able to predict or prevent those crimes. And such crimes will occur whether or not a gun is used, or some other implement (knife, screwdriver, crowbar, baseball bat). And to restrict otherwise law abiding, trusted, safe individuals just because someone might commit a crime is morally wrong.
That would be like a teacher taking away erasers from everyone in the class because one kid threw his at another kid. Now no-one can erase anything. Except we aren't children who need nanny state to look over them. We have logic and reason, and we use history and tradition as our guide. And we keep our emotions in check. We don't let fear control us, or those who would use fear against us to control us.
The truth is that additional laws will not help. We must make greater strides to enforce what we have on the books now. And we must all, individually, take reasonable steps to protect ourselves by use of tried and true methods: This does not always mean a gun, but does not preclude it either. Preparedness and observation, Situational awareness, escape and avoidance, and yes, sometimes even arming ourselves.
In my next post, I'll list some things that you can do to keep yourself safe, WITHOUT guns.