The Real Reason Gun Control Will Never Work:
Generally speaking, poverty has a greater correlation to violent crime than access to firearms. Education and poverty are directly linked. In short, we don’t have a gun problem in the United States, we have a cultural problem. Most people in the gun control lobby know nothing about firearms or their construction. The materials necessary to manufacture some type of firearm are completely unregulated. They aren’t unlike the chemicals necessary to manufacture methamphetamines. We have, after all, made meth and various other drugs illegal, haven't we? But yet people continue to make, sell, use and abuse them. How is the battle against that black market working out again? Have the laws regarding illegal drugs stopped the manufacture, use, abuse and sale of drugs? How many drug-related deaths occur every year DESPITE all of the laws in place strictly forbidding them? So answer this. How can more gun regulation possibly be the answer to the problem?
The real problem is we have a society that panders to the basest desires and instincts...one of which happens to be violence. All the while trying to suppress morality and common decency. We live in a society where women are given dirty looks for breast feeding in a restaurant, while over their heads on the wall-mounted television plays a movie that graphically depicts someone being tortured or beaten to death. We are desensitized to violence and we have a generation of people that do not have the coping skills necessary to deal with reality. This is evident with millennial and teen suicide rates.
If you want to change society, you have to actually change the whole of society. You cannot blame an inanimate object that’s availability has absolutely no correlation to murder any more than a hammer and expect to end violence. Just like any other tool, it is only dangerous in the hands of a lunatic with a penchant for violence. To stop murder, you first have to get to the source...the people with the intent to use a weapon for violence against another. Mental illness and general lack of morality when considering their fellow man are the root cause. When the desire for violence and murder is removed from the hearts of man, the discussion for "gun control" is over. Then, and only then, will there be control.
Regardless of what the media tries to scare us into believing, gun violence in general has declined over the last 20+ years. The information below is copied directly from the Bureau of Justice Statistics and the URL is at the bottom. From this information, you can clearly draw the conclusion that just because people own and use firearms, does not mean those firearms are going to be used to kill someone. In fact, it portrays just the opposite. Since more people own guns, these rates have DECREASED over the last two decades. Additionally, non-fatal firearm crimes decreased by nearly 70%!
Michael G. Planty, Ph.D., Jennifer L. Truman, Ph.D., Bureau of Justice Statistics
May 7, 2013 NCJ 241730
Presents trends on the number and rate of fatal and nonfatal firearm violence from 1993 to 2011. The report examines incident and victim demographic characteristics of firearm violence, including the type of firearm used; victim's race, age, and sex; and incident location. The report also examines changes over time in the percentages of nonfatal firearm crimes by injury, reporting to the police, and the use of firearms in self-defense. Information on homicide was obtained primarily from the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) National Vital Statistics System. Nonfatal firearm violence data are from the National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), which collects information on nonfatal crimes reported and not reported to the police against persons age 12 or older from a nationally representative sample of U.S. households.
Firearm-related homicides declined 39%, from 18,253 in 1993 to 11,101 in 2011.
Nonfatal firearm crimes declined 69%, from 1.5 million victimizations in 1993 to 467,300 victimizations in 2011.
Firearm violence accounted for about 70% of all homicides and less than 10% of all nonfatal violent crime from 1993 to 2011. From 1993 to 2011, about 70% to 80% of firearm homicides and 90% of nonfatal firearm victimizations were committed with a handgun. Males, blacks, and persons ages 18 to 24 had the highest rates of firearm homicide from 1993 to 2010.