My oldest son was born on April 20, 1999, the
very same day when the state of Colorado, and the rest of our country, mourned over 12 students and
one teacher who lost their lives at the hands of two fellow students.
It's been almost 14 years since the Columbine shooting and despite
fervent debates over gun control; it seems that mass killings continue happening with both frequency
Understandably, emotions run
high when tragedies occur, especially when 20 elementary age children and six defenseless teachers
are murdered. That's exactly what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newton, CT. Once again,
there were scenes of chaos as rescuers and media descended upon the school.
Conceivably, it's because of our emotions that nearly every
major reform to U.S. gun laws has come on the heels of a mass shooting. From Columbine to John F.
Kennedy, to America’s most terrifying shootings, all have been the catalysts for our country's
most sweeping gun reforms.
President Barack Obama
unveiled a two-pronged approach to gun violence just this month that included legislation and a set
of executive actions. He has petitioned Congress to pass an assault weapons ban, institute universal
background checks on gun purchases and outlaw gun magazines that hold more than 10 rounds.
Immediately after tragic shootings, the reaction has been to
portray our Second Amendment and the right to bear arms as the villain. Taking this stance gives the
President and his gun control supporters an easy bad guy to point the finger at.
It seems that Washington doesn't care that the right to bear
arms is a right guaranteed in our Constitution, the law of the United States of America. Besides
that, the constitution is not a working document inviting revisions or changes by any person sitting
in the oval office. Any law maker with a hint of common sense knows that making or changing laws
based on emotions instead of logic is a recipe for disaster.
What is the logic behind stopping such a horrific incident from happening again by
restricting a law-abiding citizens right to bear arms?
Why not call for increasing prison terms for those who commit a crime with a firearm?
Instead of political posturing, why not put a very much-needed emphasis on the overhaul of our
mental health system. The current mental health system is a travesty and one that allows people who
have severe mental issues to go through society completely unchecked to the detriment to innocent
people, as illustrated by the Sandy Hook shooting.
U.S. already has more firearms per capita than any other nation, making it the most heavily armed
civilian population in the world. With more than 300 million guns in our country, one can easily see
that all those guns aren't going to fall in the laps of law-abiding citizens. With an astronomical
number of guns circulating in the U.S. it's not surprising that thugs and criminals get their
hands on them.
Supporters for revisions to
the current gun control laws argue that the Second Amendment has been twisted to fit the needs of
those who work hand in hand with gun lobbyists, the manufacturers and the NRA. They believe the
government has an obligation to protect Americans with laws that do not harm law-abiding citizens.
That means that any new gun laws must allow we, the people, to protect ourselves as the founding
From requiring criminal
background checks on all gun sales to getting military-style assault weapons off our streets,
supporters believe that it's possible to respect the rights of law-abiding gun owners and do much
more to keep people safe.
If only it were that simple.
This isn't just about good guys and bad guys. Too often it's the good guys who get shot by bad
guys with guns. It's going to take much more than a few revisions to our current gun control laws
to stop crazy people from killing others.
Jesse Lindsey is the editor and publisher of
The Review. He can be reached by emailing (firstname.lastname@example.org)