As a libertarian and a convicted felon, I believe that I have lost my right to own a gun. Even though I am a walking billboard for the adage “Guns don’t kill people; people kill people” (since I didn’t use a gun in my crime). I can also say with surety that if the man I went to rob had had a gun, or even a sticker on his car warning of a gun, I would have run like hell, and MAYBE even reconsidered my life’s decisions up to that point. MAYBE it would have shocked me awake.
Regardless, I’m not saying the answer is a gun in everyone’s hands. But I think when politicians act as if we can solve gun violence and mass shootings with a new tough law, they’re being ridiculous. Some of the toughest gun laws in the country isn’t putting a dent in Chicago’s war zone of gun violence. And the opposite is true: when the law relaxed in DC, gun violence didn’t go up, at all.
But there has to be universal background checks, the loopholes for gun shows and the internet has to be closed, and there HAS to be an angle of gun laws for the mentally ill. These are common sense reforms that almost everyone should be able to get behind.