OP-ED: Should Americans be suppressed from owning guns?

Chris Bower

History repeats itself, so it’s no surprise that there’s a media frenzy about gun laws in the wake of the Newtown massacre.

But these fears are ill-founded. Despite what the liberals would like you to believe, this is not a gun issue. This is a people issue. Here’s why.

There are thousands, if not millions, of gun owners across the United States. I myself enjoy target shooting. If all of these guns are scattered across the U.S., why aren’t there massacres every day? Because these gun owners aren’t mentally unbalanced.

Take Newtown. The reason it happened was that Lanza, who was mentally unbalanced, got his sane mother’s guns.

This isn’t an article about mental health, but these two issues are intertwined.

There were times when if you were “off your rocker”, you were sent to the mental hospital and rehabilitated. But then President Reagan shut down the mental hospitals and let their occupants roam free. Thus was the beginning of the end.

Now let’s talk about the real issue. Gun laws. Ca. Senator Dianne Feinstein recently suggested a bill that would, among other things, ban assault weapons. This is why I, along those Americans who still believe in the Second Amendment, strongly dislike her and her policies.

Feinstein’s plan would require stronger background checks on gun purchases. I get her point, but people will always find a way. Background checks didn’t stop Aurora,

Columbine or Newtown and they won’t stop anything in the future.

Then there’s the attempted ban on over 2,000 semi-automatic weapons, including “assault weapons”. Assault weapons are a whole new can of worms.

What is an assault weapon? According to the Daily News, some characteristics that make a weapon an assault weapon are pistol grips and collapsible stocks, which are superficial and do not change how the gun shoots. What if the AR is pink or if the stock is non-collapsible? Is it an assault weapon then?

We come to the conclusion that there is no such thing as an assault weapon, how we define them is subjective at best and prejudiced at worst.

Feinstein’s bill is nothing more than a game of keep away. You know what else was a game of keep away? Prohibition. That didn’t work out too well, in my opinion. Neither will Feinstein’s bill.

If you have a solution, Washington and I would love to hear it. But it isn’t banning our guns. That just won’t work. It never has and never will.