Look, guns are a tool. Just like knives, tire irons, baseball bats and bathtubs. Guns are very effective and deadly tools to be sure, but are tools nevertheless. People who wish to harm others (or themselves) are going to find the tools needed to get the job done if they are Hell-bent on getting the job done, so it's simplistic and sophomoric to keep blaming the tool for the actions of those who wish to hurt others.
Let's start focusing on the real problem here; the failure of government to adequately address mental health issues in this country.
Anyone who knows me knows I'm a small government kind of guy. Think Libertarian without the open drug policy many from that party love to espouse. But if government is going to insist on getting into the middle of every health issue to the point of mandating coverage or fining you if you don't obtain any (and let's face facts - Obamacare is never going to go away), then the least it can do is to take on the problem of tackling mental health issues. We spend millions on failed ventures like Solyndra, over a trillion on foreign adventures like invading Iraq, and hundreds of millions more on ineffective stimuli packages in vain attempts to prop up a sagging economy, but can't seem to find enough money to make mental health resources available to those who need them
And don't get me started on how badly our VA mishandles mental health issues for our returning military.
Surely we can take some of those millions of dollars we waste on things we shouldn't be doing, and redirect them towards something that will actually reduce the senseless killing that seems to grab the headlines all too often these days.
You can't begin to legally restrict the ability to obtain the tool unless you first fix the problem of identifying those who might not be the best people to have the tool in their hands in the first place. Ask Chicago how having some of the most restrictive laws against gun possession is working on their murder rate.
Focus on the problem, but your problem isn't the tool.
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