57: My 2 cents of gun control in US

Assuming everyone has been following the recent Texas elementary school shooting incident, there is not much to explain the situation. Statistics  about the gun shooting in US can be found everywhere online. I do want to summarize a bit on how people are opposing gun control and what my ideas are towards it.

Arguments Opposing Gun Control

“It is not gun’s problems, it’s people with mental health problem”

The problem is both. The difference is, with easy gun access, more people can die in a short period of time.

We can easily compare this incident with Sandy Hood elementary shooting. 24 victims all survived in the school attacks from a man with mental illness.

 

It will violate constitutional rights! Second amendment must be defended

It is literally called “amendment”, which means it has been amended. The constitution can be evolved, which is the reason why black people and women can vote today.

There is no absolute in constitution. It simply depends on if a country wants to work together with the same goal.

 

Scotland has applied restricted gun control after one school shooting incident. Australia has done the same after one incident. Why can’t US do something?

“There are more 200M guns in US, it’s impossible”

“Bad guys will always have guns”

Those arguments are similar to saying “the floor will be dirty again, because my kids will make it messy, or their friends would make it dirty again…so I will never clean it”. Sure, anyone can decide what to do in their own place, but when it’s for a bigger place, we probably want to review this theory.

 

Removing guns will not help, we should give more guns to good people, who can protect innocents

Honestly, I don’t know how that works, if a group of people shooting each other, how is it possible to tell which ones are good, and which ones are bad?

Additionally, some people say school teachers must be armed. Hmm, as far as I know, many school teachers must use their own money to buy classroom supplies. If they cannot be properly equipped with educational materials, why should they be equipped with firearms? If government is willing to pay for firearms for teachers, why not just pay them more today?

 

I need to carry guns to feel safe

Literally, no one needs to carry guns to feel safe, as we are not in 1800s or 1900s anymore.

 

too many doors?

I am not sure what kind of intelligence will make such a comment.

 

My Ideas towards Gun Control

1, Mentality Reshaped

Surprisingly, I noticed many Americans still hold the thoughts that owning guns is a cool thing. I will not point names, but I am looking at some congress members.

Education is important. US should emphasize being kind and love in school, as well as teaching gun violent in history. Those horrible incidents should be taught in early stage, so children can understand the people they love can be hurt.

2, Updated Law

Law must be made to disallow assault weapons ownerships.

A clear definition of assault weapon needs to be made so everyone understands it.

Guns used for hunting can be separated in the new law, but the definition needs to clearly distinguish by the law makers.

Next, set a deadline for owning assault weapons will become illegal. Let’s say, year 2032, meaning, people who found out still owning an assault weapon will be prosecuted and face serious consequences. Additionally, give another deadline to shut down (or help transition) gun stores, so they do not sell assault weapons anymore.

3, Assault weapons buyback

In the 10-year time frame, government will offer a buyback program. Everything can have a price and anything is possible. I do not believe when people saying this is impossible. They are saying it before even trying. Here is a possible plan:

  • 1st – 3rd year: 2X original retail price to buyback. Owners will take the weapons to their local government and complete the transaction.
  • 4th – 6th year: 1.5X original retail price to buyback. Owners can still take the weapons to their local government to complete the transaction.
  • 7th – 9th year: only half of the original retail price to buyback. Owners can still use the local government.
  • 10th year: there is no buyback. The owners must surrender the weapons to their local government before the deadline.

From time to time, local government can organize events by inviting celebrities, so when gun owners bring their weapons for buyback, they can interact with the celebrities.

In the last 4 years, it appears that we don’t have as much incentives as the first 6 years. However, local governments may have one day big buy event every 3 months, such as full price to buy back weapons. This may encourage people who did not participate in the first 6 years to change their mind.

Imagine if US had implemented this 10 years after Sandy Hook tragedy, after 10 years, will we still have today’s tragedy again?

 

Conclusion

This post briefly summarizes all gun control opposition arguments and proposes my 2 cents what we may do. I have no idea if it will work, but I can’t agree with when people saying nothing can be done in gun control or it is impossible to remove guns. I understand a very important aspect is in the gun lobbying and politicians. However, it really depends on if people are sharing the same goal, and if we all have a growth mindset to change things.

Unfortunately, I have been noticing in US, not too many people share the idea of having growth mindset. Many like to stay in the past. I guess it’s understandable. Changing is scary. Changing is hard. Changing is risky. I still have hope. Evolution has happened again and again, but at this point, I am not sure when it will be the tipping point. Hopefully it is now.

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