DJ 9r, I thought I’d take a moment to respond personally and clarify a few things. I do believe—at current—the proposed legislation has gone insane. The newest introduction of a bill banning practically every weapon in the U.S. is an egregious affront to those of us who are responsible gun owners and doesn’t provide middle ground solutions. So to that, I would say, yes, lawmakers as of late have bought into hysteria and completely ignored that societies problem stems more from loneliness, isolation, and mental health issues more than anything else. Assault style weapons (again, whatever the hell that means) have become a scapegoat and people are willing to sacrifice freedom and have the government become their babysitter in the name of “safety.” Instead of actively seeking out their neighbor or being a more communal village we hardly know who are neighbors are, let alone if they’re struggling. This is the core point of the article.
Like you, I know that weapons are a tool and nothing more. In the right hands they’re a means of defense or for providing for families. In the wrong hands, they become our nightmares. However, you can’t tell me that by requiring gun owners to go through training and qualification that it’s a bad thing? Or that by having mental health specialists flag patients it would help. That’s less a vice grip, and more like what restaurants are required to do for health code inspections to make sure people aren’t getting feed feces in their burger.
Unfortunately though, it appears fanaticism is taking the cake and it’s all or nothing, so I will concede that point given that fear mongering has lead to misinformation and a loss of our liberties. All I can do now is sigh and contact my senators asking them to be more middle ground as opposed pandering. But even that seems absurd given that fame, power, influence, and money seem to dictate those in office. Le sigh….