Reviews | Gun safety must be everything Republicans fear

I find the gun safety debate lacking in candor.

People think it makes more sense to tell only part of the truth, to hold up the sale in an effort to get something – anything – done.

But lying will always lead to a trap.

Let me explain: The truth no one wants to tell – the truth that opponents of gun safety laws understand and the reason so many resist new laws – is that no law or One set of laws alone will not be enough to solve America’s gun problem. violence problem.

The solution will have to be an endless parade of laws, with new ones being passed as they are deemed necessary, ad infinitum. In the same way that Republicans have encouraged gun proliferation and relaxed gun laws for decades, gun safety advocates will have to do the opposite, also for decades.

Individual laws, like universal federal background checks and bans on assault rifles and high-capacity magazines, will most likely make a dent, but they cannot end gun violence. Invariably, more mass shootings will occur that none of these laws would have prevented.

Opponents of gun safety will inevitably use these shootings to argue that liberal efforts to prevent gun violence have been ineffective. You can hear it now: “They told us that all we had to do was pass these laws and the killings would stop. They did not do it.

That said, I understand the by any means necessary approach that gun safety advocates take. They would do anything to make progress on this issue, to save even one life, a group of shoppers in a grocery store, a classroom full of children.

I share their frustration. This week, I said to myself that I was happy that my children were no longer of school age. The idea that a parent would have to worry about their children being shot at school is unimaginable and unacceptable. The fact that children now have active shooting drills and bulletproof backpacks is obscene.

I know all too well the numb feeling of seeing no progress as the slaughter spreads. This can breed in us perpetual hopelessness and hopelessness.

But I chose to look at this issue soberly, with clear eyes, understanding the impediment to doing anything, but also not lying to myself about how much it would take to get more Americans to really feel safe.

I understand Republicans are the opposition, that they have come to accept staggering levels of death as the price they must pay to advance their political agenda on everything from Covid to guns.

But I’m on the same wavelength as them on one point. They see the passage of gun safety laws as a slippery slope that could lead to more sweeping laws and even, one day, national gun registries, insurance requirements and to bans. I see the same thing and actively hope so.

When I hear Democratic politicians twist their statements to sound like they’re promoting gun ownership while promoting gun safety, I’m not just mystified, I’m vexed.

Why can’t everyone be honest? We have too many weapons. We have to start taking some of them out of circulation. This may include gun buybacks, but this to have to in particular to no longer sell weapons of war to civilians.

I grew up in a gun culture. If there was a family in my hometown that didn’t have guns, I didn’t know them. One of the required projects in the workshop class was building a gun rack. My own house was stocked with guns, and at one point we even had a gun case with a long gun carousel in the living room.

Hardly anyone in my town needed these guns. We weren’t active hunters. The crime was not raging. We were probably safer without them than with them.

Also, people rarely, if ever, practiced shooting. Some firearms belonged without ever having been fired. People owned guns and had no idea what it felt like to shoot them.

Gun culture is a duck and a corruption.

It makes people fearful and convinces them that guns provide security. More weapons equals even more security. But in fact, the escalation of gun ownership is making society less safe.

In our gun culture, 99% of gun owners may be responsible and law abiding, but if even 1% of a society with more guns than people isn’t , that is enough to sow chaos. When guns are easy to get for the right people, they’re also easy to get for the wrong people.

We must stop all the lies. We need to stop the lie that fewer gun restrictions make us safer.

And we need to stop the lie that gun safety can be ensured by one law or a few rather than an evolving list of them.

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