Pursuant to the massacre at Newtown and President Obama’s subsequent attempt to institute a stricter gun policy, there has been a tight focus on gun rights and an immense push to make our schools safer for our children. Needless to say, the result is that the divide between gun rights advocates and gun control advocates is widening.
I have always leaned towards agreeing with the right to own a gun and protect oneself and one’s family. That said, I believe the words gun control have gotten a bad rap. Somewhere along the way, the idea of moderation, of common sense, got lost to both sides and the words gun control became synonymous with ”complete firearm ban.”
I do believe control is the issue. I think people who own firearms need to better secure them against theft and illicit use (even by members of their own families.) I think gun owners should be held to the strictest responsibility for their firearms. I do not feel there should be a total ban on firearms.
The aim of this article though is to give some food for thought to both sides by introducing a slightly different perspective on the gun rights issue. This is merely information…information backed by statistics and scientific inquiry.
I doubt there is anything worse than what happened at Sandy Hook in December, but this information shifts the focus of gun victimization. To women.
Abused women are five times more likely to be killed by their abuser if the abuser owns a firearm.(source)
This is women, killed by men who legally own their firearms. In short, it suggests a link between the availability of household firearms and female victimization rates.
Of course, the first argument against this concept is that a man who would beat on his wife should not be allowed to own weapons, and there are laws that prohibit the purchase of a firearm by a person subject to a domestic violence restraining order. But that is true only of known abusers. What about the women who have not reported their abuse?
Approximately 20% of the 1.5 million people who experience intimate partner violence annually obtain civil protection
As I said before, I’m not really trying to push a partisan view of the gun issue, I’m merely hoping to give both gun control advocates and gun rights advocates more information…
And perhaps help them to see we should all be working together towards a solution to end gun violence, rather than fighting against one another. Maybe if we try to view the problem collectively- and objectively- we can come up with a solution that protects everyone’s rights and safety.
[UPDATE: (4/18) I have no problem with gun ownership, in theory, but here's what I think, as succinctly as I can put it: People keep spouting the whole "outlaw guns and only outlaws will have guns." But the problem is, "outlaws" aren't the only people committing gun crimes. Regular, everyday people are using their own guns (or family or friend's legally owned guns) in domestic crimes, and then people are saying "We never thought he/she was capable of this!" So, clearly, despite heavy lobbiest protestations, it is not just inner city gang bangers and drug dealers using guns to kill each other. I agree with responsible gun ownership, I just think the word "responsible" needs to be redefined (and reinforced!!!) ]
- Gun Control Has Always Been A Part Of American History (personalliberty.com)
- Obama: Gun-control advocates have to listen more (sacbee.com)
- Bob Costas definitely stirred up the Gun Rights hornet nest (progressmoshuffle.org)