Every time there’s a major mass shooting, especially in a school (I said “major” to differentiate from all the “minor” mass shootings we don’t even notice anymore), there is a lot of hand-wringing. “We’ve got to do something to stop this!” people say.
Well, let’s be honest. Nothing’s going to happen. We’re on the side of the slippery slope which heads only toward more and more guns, fewer regulations, and a whole lot more gun deaths. It’s not going to stop. So just quit your bellyaching. This is the country We the Majority of the People have chosen to be. Basically, we value gun ownership more than we value human life. I know that’s a hard statement, but it’s true, at least in the political realm. The political will to place lives over guns just does not exist. Every proposed regulatory tweak dies.
I thought bump stocks was the no-brainer for which action would be taken. Bump stocks serve NO purpose other than to turn legal weapons into full-auto killing machines. I was SURE Congress would take action. I really was. But the NRA doesn’t want ANY kind of regulations about guns. And so, bump stocks remain legal. Expect them to show up in a future school shooting. The Florida shooter fired 150 rounds. With a bump stock, he could have fired 1500+ rounds in the same amount of time.
If we don’t have the fortitude to outlaw bump stocks, which should be a hands-down clear thing, then don’t expect ANY kind of action to rein in gun violence. Cry all you want, but it’s just not gonna happen. I’m a gun owner, and I’m not in favor of banning guns, but there are other things we can do (and which other countries are doing successfully). But with the NRA in charge, NOTHING WILL BE DONE. But go ahead and have your rant with each mass shooting, if it makes you feel better.
So here’s what lies ahead for America. The NRA talks about the slippery slope toward a time when the government will confiscate all guns. Well, that’s not gonna happen. We’re on the OTHER side of the slippery slope, with gun regulations become more relaxed everywhere you look. As we continue down this slope, here’s what will happen in the years ahead.
— We’ll soon have nationwide concealed carry based on the lowest common denominator–meaning, like Indiana, no requirements for obtaining a CC license.
— The party of “states rights” will overrule whatever restrictions your state or town has in place. States with strong guns laws–California, Illinois, New York–will be forced into the same leniency of Wyoming or Florida, because it’ll be FEDERAL law now.
— Open carry will become common-meaning, people with holstered pistols or AR-15s slung over their shoulders will be a common sight at your local Target. And then comes constitutional carry–you don’t even need any kind of license to buy or own or carry a gun.
— All regulations involving silencers will go away. They’ll become common, and will show up in mass shootings.
— Restrictions on full-auto weapons will not be renewed, opening whole new markets for the gun manufacturers (who will profusely reward the NRA). Full-auto weapons will become the preferred gun for mass shootings, greatly increasing the death toll.
— With more guns available and fewer restrictions, there will be MORE mass shootings, especially at vulnerable places–schools, churches, shopping centers, nursing homes. Anything that involves a large gathering of people will become a target–concerts, parades, athletic events, etc. More suicides and accidental deaths, too.
— The death toll from guns will continue increasing. Finland is the European country with the highest rate of gun deaths-3 for every 100,000 people. In the USA, it’s 10 for every 100,000 people. Don’t expect it to stay at 10.
As gun violence escalates, we’ll hear the same talking points we hear with every mass shooting. That the only way to stop it is for more people to have guns. That we don’t need more laws, we just need to enforce the laws already on the books. That it’s all about mental illness. Yada yada yada. And with every election, we’ll hear that the government is ready to pounce and take away all of our guns…even though the government is owned by the NRA. It’s your constitutional right to keep drinking that Kool-Aid.
So, more mass shootings, fewer and eventually no regulations, guns everywhere–that is America’s future. I’ll give it 20 years. That’s the clear slippery slope we’re on, and I see nothing to stop it.
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