Innocent until policy change

How the law acts as an accomplice in gun violence and mass shootings-

Three weeks later and a three letter question still hangs strong: WHY. Why would a wealthy, college education man in a committed relationship single handedly take the lives of 59 innocent people? Prior to October 1, 2017, Stephen Paddock was an innocent man himself.

 

Or was he? Well according to federal and state law, his ownership of over 40 guns is perfectly legal. Much like the transformation of his semi automatic weapons into automatic machine guns. I don’t know about you, but it’s very hard for me to wrap my head around the fact that I can go out and buy 40 guns but I can’t even buy a six pack after midnight. This is why I think people need to stop contemplating on why Paddock committed such an atrocity. They want to say that if we know the reason, we can prevent it, but I think we have a better chance at stopping a copy cat criminal if we know how he did it. Knowing his strategies and determining the legality of his weapons is much more effective than concocting some conspiracy theory. 

 

HOW did a man LEGALLY purchase dozens of assault weapons, bump stocks and ammunition without raising a single red flag?? Maybe it’s the mindset of two different ideologies. The right wing feels like their rights are being violated and the left wing feels attacked (literally). But I think everyone needs separate their political agendas with the best interest of the American body and see the facts as they are. The U.S. owns more guns than any other country in the world, which pretty much explains why our rate of gun deaths are higher by 25.2 percent. We also hold first place as the country with the most mass shootings. Maybe we should change the anthem to “Land of the free for all, home of the graved” since the second amendment is valued more than 12,000 lives per year.

 

Don’t even get me started on the second amendment. Those crazy Trump thumpers who crap their pants every time they hear Hillary Clinton say the word ‘gun’ should trade in their bump stocks for a book. Knowledge is the real power and I think people would be surprised if they knew the original implications of the second amendment reflect nothing of our current society.

 

For the record, I’m not attacking the right to own a gun in order to protect yourself. I’m questioning how lawmakers (bipartisan) allow people like Stephen Paddock to go out and buy a semi automatic on lighter terms than a concealed carry. Stories are on the rise of civilians with concealed weapons stopping other shooters and we can’t overlook that progress- but why are smaller, less powerful weapons held to higher restrictions than assault rifles?? There’s no argument that higher restrictions, background checks and a required safety course needed to get a concealed hand carry license violates the second amendment. We shouldn’t discriminate against weapons. The Trump Administration wants to keep Muslims in a registry, but registering guns is uncalled for?

 

It was a shock to me and probably the rest of the nation, when the National Rifle Association (NRA)agreed to consider regulations on bump stocks, after reports indicated that the device helped make Paddock’s weapons so deadly. The NRA is leaning left for the first time in over 40 years. Did it take a tragedy like the Vegas Massacre to finally give people a wake up call? Gun regulation doesn’t mean gun prohibition, people. Know the difference.  Unfortunately violence will never be eliminated, people who want to kill will always find a way to kill, but it’s time we stop handing them the gun to do it with.

 

 


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