Against my better judgement, regarding guns, here we go-
I do tend to believe that we can make some good common sense regulations around guns without impacting people’s freedoms to own them.
The way that technology advances and society progresses, technology that was at one time advanced, sophisticated and extremely expensive eventually becomes common place and cheap.
It used to be that only the elite had indoor plumbing.
Now it is common place.
Cars were rare forms of transportation.
Now it’s most people’s main source of transportation.
When phones came out, very few people had access to them.
Now some homeless people are walking around with iPhones.
Guns have only been around for a few hundred years. At first, very few people had anything significant; wars were fought with muskets.
Now we have more guns in America than people.
It’s only a matter of time until people can 3D print their own guns at home. At that point, your laws don’t really matter too much.
I would go so far as to say that, in a few hundred years or so, its not beyond the realm of possibility that we will all have nuclear weapon capability in our homes.
Laugh at that if you want, but with the way technology advances and eventually proliferates, it’s kind of inevitable. This is what happens to knowledge over time. It becomes simplified and common.
So, we can’t stop all these shootings that have been happening in the past twenty years by making new laws. We can only stop the shootings by fixing the core problem, within humanity, that causes us to be violent in this way.
I don’t know what the core cause is, but it is something, and it’s something new, because we didn’t have this problem thirty years ago. And if we can identify that cause, then the cause can be neutralized.
I hope we figure that out.
In the meantime, we all need to agree on some common sense guns laws that will help keep us safe without taking away too much of our freedom.
We also need to look at the common thread that runs through most of these shooters: they are almost always on some kind of psych meds. We need to do something about that. I don’t know what. We can’t outlaw psych meds because they do help millions of people. However, maybe we shouldn’t allow someone that is on those meds to also be in possession of a gun.
I don’t know.
But we’ve got to do something, in the short-term, while we work on the root cause of this problem in humanity that causes us to exercise random violence on groups of strangers. We need to identify that problem, and we need to do it before everyone has the ability to 3D print weapons in their own homes. If we don’t do it before then, then our children’s children’s children may be the very end of humanity.
If we even make it that far.