It means more and more of these mass shootings will become more and more frequent. And people like you will blame video games, mental health, anything as long as you can keep hold of your guns.
People like me?
What exactly does that mean?
I have never opposed sensible gun restrictions, I support background checks, and I support enforcing the gun laws already on the books.
I am not a radical gun owner, even though I own 3 of them.
By sensible gun restrictions, I would support banning certain types of guns in certain areas.
Many people mention the AR-15 as not being needed by anyone,so lets start there.
The AR-15 is not needed in crowdedurban areas,I 100% agree with that. So ban them in the cities.
However, the area I live in is a very rural area,with 14,850 people living in an area of 342.85 square miles.
There are 3 towns in this county that have a combined population of about 7,000 people.
My point is that this county is very rural, and a weapon like the AR-15 is used as a varmint gun, to shoot coyotes, and other garden pests.
It is a .223 caliber, only slightly larger than a 22 caliber rifle.
As an aside, I wonder if you and others even knew what an AR-15 was before Sandy Hook.
You mentioned mental health and video games used as an excuse by "people like me", so lets examine that.
Doyou think its the act of a sane individual to shoot that many people?
The shooter at the Navy Yard was known to have some mental issues, the navy even knew while he was in the service
,yet instead of getting him help they discharged him.
The man that shot up the Newtown elementary school was known to have some mental problems also.
So yes, people that are mentally ill have no business having a weapon, but more importantly, they need to be helped.
As for video games, I have mixed feelings about them.
I know there is no evidence that says video games are the problem, but I am not 100% convinced of that.
As long as people remember that they are just games, than I dont see a problem. I know most people realize they are just games and that you cant just hit a reset button in reallife when someone dies.
However, I do believe that some of these games, with the way violence and death are portrayed, can and do desensitize people to death and killing, and I think that contributes to the problem.
As I said earlier, I own 3 weapons, 1 rifle, 1 shotgun, and 1 handgun.
The rifle I use for deer hunting,the shotgun I use for turkey hunting, and the pistol I use for home defense and personal protection.
I do have a concealed carry permit, but I rarely carry my pistol.
I have carried it when I leave the house 5 times total since January, once to Indianapolis, twice to Nashville, and twice to Louisville. I dont feel the need to carry it everywhere, because I simply dont need to.
However,because this is such a rural county, I do feel the need to have something for home defense.
Unlike a big city, if I have to call the police it could take 30 minutes for them to get here,because there are not very many of them (5 deputy sheriffs, 3 state troopers that cover 3 counties, and 10 city officers. The city cops stay in the cities).
Sowill you please explain exactly what you meant by "people like me", or was that just your attempt to make a cheap shot?