Are weapons to blame for the recent tragedy in Aurora, Colorado, or can the blame be placed elsewhere? If weapons are deemed, by some, to be the greatest source of the problem, wouldn’t it be logical to ban them?
According to a poll conducted by Fox 5 San Diego (as of 11:48 pm, July 24th) 89% of those polled concluded that a ban on assault weapons would not be the solution to the problem.
Out of 1,157 poll participants, 1,025 disagreed with the notion that a reinstatement of a federal assault weapons ban would be the way to go. Of the 1,157 polled, only 132 voted in favor of the ban.
Based on this information, it is safe to assume that most people do not see the weapons, themselves, as the problem There must be something of greater importance to examine, as a society, when it comes to the types of horrific incidents like the one in Colorado.
It seems most reasonable individuals understand that this goes beyond simple “gun control”.
Was it the individual’s upbringing? Bad parenting? Mental illness? Evil? What was it? Traumatic childhood experiences? Who knows?
The weapons, therefore, simply become the means through which a troubled individual becomes empowered/enabled. The source of the problem, however, is still the individual.
Former Seinfeld star, Jason Alexander, stirred up a bit of a debate regarding this very same issue, by posting his views via twitter.
As reported by WebProNews.com, Alexander tweeted the following comments:
“I cannot understand support for legality of the kind of weapon in this massacre. It’s a military weapon. Why should it be in non-mil hands?”
The assumption here, by Mr. Alexander is that as soon as a weapons ban is enacted, no “bad guys”would be able to get their hands on a banned weapon. However, is that a reasonable assumption?
Furthermore, it would appear that to quickly jump to the conclusion that guns must be banned, would be to foolishly bypass the greatest source of the problem: the perpetrator himself.
A common kitchen knife, for example, all too often ends up being used as a deadly weapon. Should kitchen knives be banned too?
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