A Renewed Call for Gun Control

The shooting of Congresswoman Giffords at a political event Saturday provides the strongest evidence as to why more gun control is necessary. The suspect, Jared Lee Loughner, had a history of mental problems and drug abuse. Both of these could be seen if a thorough background check was performed.

Considering the accused gunman purchased the Glock he used to carry out his assassination attempt with at a sporting goods store, a background check was performed. The question stands, however, whether or not the store carried out the required checks in as thorough a manner as they are required by law to do.

If they were carried out properly, how was this person able to purchase a semiautomatic pistol? Having a background such as his is supposed to bar one from purchasing firearms.

On Saturday, in the wake of the assassination attempt, I heard someone make the classic claim that we need “crime control, not gun control.” They could not be more wrong. If everyone is allowed to carry a firearm, the argument goes, then crimes would be stopped because people with weapons will stop criminals from carrying out their robberies or murders.

Evidence shows, however, that even well-trained firearm owners have trouble aiming under extreme pressure. Were someone at the event carrying a firearm, odds are that there would have been more people hurt than were already shot by Loughner.

We need to find ways to keep guns out of the hands of would-be criminals. I argue that the only real way to do this would be to not allow people to possess firearms at all. Why? To prevent people like former Nevada Republican Senate candidate Sharron Angle from making calls for “Second Amendment remedies.” What exactly are these remedies? Shooting members of the House of Representatives? I’m starting to think so.

The official version of the Constitution of the United States states: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

There is a qualifier at the beginning of that sentence that clearly states “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State…” By considering this, one sees that “the right of the people to keep and bear arms” is necessary for the maintenance of a Militia, or what is now called the National Guard. How many gun owners are members of the National Guard? Not very many.

Preventing people from obtaining firearms will prevent them from carrying out violent crimes and assassinations. When someone makes the claim that “guns don’t kill people, people kill people,” it only stands to excuse the actions of unstable people who are in possession of firearms when they should not be.

Unfortunately, the National Rifle Association has so many politicians scared that they don’t want to even make a stand for gun control. This has to change because there is no excuse for why unstable people are able to obtain firearms and carry out crimes. Gun control is the only way to do this.