There’s a heated gun debate raging with the recent mass shootings here in the US. We have our own beliefs on the issue of gun control and the entire conversation that’s being orchestrated by the media.
First, we believe the focus of the debate should not be on guns, but rather mental health. There’s increasing evidence that it’s nurture and not nature that leads to mass murderers committing horrible atrocities. It’s practically a universality that murderers and mass-murderers alike share one thing in common; a dysfunctional upbringing. Whether or not guns are banned, these people are going to find a way to carry out their murderous rage. Timothy McVeigh killed 168 people in the Oklahoma City bombing without firing a single shot. The UK has the most strict gun laws yet experiences more than 3 times the amount of violence that occurs in the US.
Violence has been decreasing
In the last 20 years in the US, violent crimes have been cut nearly in half. If we’re talking about mass shootings (which includes more than 3 people killed), in 1990 there were over 40, compared to the 24 from 2000 to 2012.
We’re pointing this out because there’s an unnecessary, alarmist hype towards gun control right now. Violent crimes are decreasing, yet the media pushes this idea that something needs to be done about guns.
Guns and Self Defense
Guns are used successfully for self defense purposes every day in the US. The major media networks rarely report these stories, let alone local media. Most gun related self defense stories are lucky to receive a note in the local newspaper.
Guns And The War On Drugs
The war on drugs, launched in the early 1970′s, has been responsible for the creation of gangs and cartels (black markets). Just as the prohibition of alcohol was responsible for a significant increase in murders, the war on drugs has done the same.
Drugs of course are bad, but when the state makes something which a portion of the public demands, criminal elements will fulfill this need. The end result is gang violence, cartel violence, police violence, and this contributes significantly to the violent gun statistics we see in the US.
If you want to save lives and decrease gun violence, you end the war on drugs. We need to advocate for voluntary solutions to combat drug usage. At Parenticular we believe this begins at home by raising our children peacefully. There’s a strong correlation between children raised in violent homes and the use of drugs (along with other negative consequences such as depression)
So Should Parents Own A Gun?
In an ideal world, yes. If every parent were responsible and knew how to operate and keep a gun secured, certainly. Self defense is huge when you have a family. But unfortunately not every parent is responsible. Does that mean that no parent should own a gun? Because a few are irresponsible means everyone must suffer the same consequences?
The better question to ask might be, “Do parents have a right to own a gun?“, and that question is most definitely yes. If you’re a responsible parent and want to protect your family, gun ownership is the best way you can maximize your defense. Neighborhoods and cities with high gun ownership always have lower crime rates, and we see the opposite applies where gun control is most strict.
Here’s a great video that outlines gun related statistics that the media is purposefully leaving out:
So we say certainly, if you’re a parent, become a responsible gun owner.