Gun Control: We Need Education Not Restriction

It cannot be said enough. Guns do not kill people; people kill people. The news is exploding, and everyone is weighing in with their anti-gun remarks. The realest thing published today on the topic is President Obama’s statement that this is a collective issue. It really is. The answer to our nation-wide issue of gun violence is in education rather than restriction.

Rewind history to the early 20th century. It was standard practice for children to take rifles to school for the gun club that they belonged to. During the first half of the 20th century, shooting clubs were regularly installed in the basements of new educational facilities and were such a prominent part of society. Children were educated about the importance of firearms for hunting, as well as the dangers of those very same firearms. Children were taught to respect firearms. Guns are not toys, and children were taught that once upon a time.

Fast-forward a bit to the enactment of the 1968 Gun Control Act. This was the first direct attempt at controlling firearms in America, and quite honestly, it was more about manufacturers monopolizing commerce in particular areas than it was about anything else. Manufacturers supported this act because it kept competitors from other states from taking over. Even so, mass-shootings were extremely rare at this point in history. Why? Men, women, and children were all educated about firearms.

The gun is not to blame here. Since the enforcement of “gun-free zones,” 100% of mass shootings have taken place in those zones. In 1982, Kennesaw, Georgia passed a law requiring that the head of every household keep at least one firearm in the house. Since enacting this law, Kennesaw’s residential burglary rate has dropped 89%. Today, the gun violent rate in Kennesaw is still 85% lower than the national average.

A study was conducted involving The United Kingdom, Europe’s most violent country. The study concluded that 2,034 violent crimes occur per 100,000 citizens. In America, it is reported that 466 violent crimes occur per 100,000 citizens. The United Kingdom has outlawed the possession of handguns, yet violent crimes continue to increase.

In 1785, Thomas Jefferson wrote to his 15-year-old nephew, Peter Carr, and said: “a strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercise, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball and others of that nature are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be the constant companion of your walks.”

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Our country was born with the mind-set that firearms are an important part of life. The U.S. Constitution grants the right to bear arms. Taking away gun rights, or heavily restricting them, is not the answer to reducing violent crimes. In fact, criminals do not abide by the law, so creating new ones will do nothing to eliminate even a fraction of the violent crimes in America. Here is a thought: Fear of firearms is healthy. We must fear and respect them. Do not let your fear of the gun paralyze you. Do not let that fear give you some sense of authority in paralyzing others with your fear. Educate yourself and your children on gun safety. And, remember that guns do not kill people; people kill people.Screenshot (9)

It Only Took 30 Years…

he date was July 21st, 1985. Kristina Wesselman was a 1T5-year-old who was described in The Tribune reports as a “popular, athletic Glenbard South High School student who was president of her freshman class and well-liked in Valley View, her tightly-knit, middle-class subdivision.” I am not going to focus a whole lot on the details of Miss Wesselman’s murder. The focus here is on the man who is responsible for Miss Wesselman’s death. His name is Michael R. Jones, and he has been residing in Champaign, IL since his release from Prison in 1983. Jones, a repeat offender, was charged in July of 2015 with aggravated domestic assault. This was a pivotal moment in Miss Wesselman’s cold-case investigation.

In 2002, the laws changed and require that all felony offenders submit DNA to be recorded in the National Data-base. “That law resulted in the evidence that led to the charges in this case,” DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin said at a news conference. “Although it’s taken 30 years, we are now on our way to getting the full measure of justice that this case demands.” How would justice ever had been served if this change in legislature never took place back in 2002?

Now, I am not one to praise the addition of a new law; there are too many stupid laws as it is. However, I am glad this particular law was enacted and enforced. Bureaucracies drop the ball and fail to reach realistic means of enforcement with several laws. Thankfully, they have done a wonderful job with enforcing this law and collected necessary data.

Seriously though? It took authorities 30 years to find this man! Furthermore, had the law not changed in 2002, the investigators would have never found this man. Here he has been in Champaign, IL all these years, doing God knows what, and the authorities have not even known to look for him, until now. In one aspect, this is great that technologies have advanced and old crimes are now being solves; however, it is a shame that it has taken 30 years to find this man. He was out on bond for a sexual assault case. This is not his first crime. How many other crimes has he committed in the mean time? Thanks to advances in data-base technology, we may have the answer to that question soon enough.download

Greetings!

The world is full of exaggerations, deceit, ignorance and perspectives. The purpose of this blog is not to tell you what is right or wrong, but rather to offer a different point of view to the world around us. Mainstream media is an awful contributor to societies ignorance. These media sources publish stories to tug at the emotions of millions of individuals, but for what purpose? The answer to that question is quite complex and largely varies between circumstances. Social media sites are plagued with articles that appeal to the clients, yet distract the masses from more important information about what is going on in the world. It is time for the population to wake up and see what is really going on in the world.