The recent tragic shooting in the Florida school has renewed the call for more gun control laws. But what law would have stopped this violence? Someone intent on doing harm will do it – if not with guns, then with something else.
In 2014, Rashad Owens of Kileen, Texas, drove his car into a crowd of people killing 2 and injuring 23 more, 5 critically.
Also in 2014 in the city of Kunming, Yunnan China, 8 knife wielding perpetrators killed 29 civilians and left 140 more seriously injured.
Timothy McVeigh killed 168 and injured 600 in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. And on 9/11/2001, 2,996 people were killed when terrorists used airplanes to attack the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.
Would we ban cars, knives, fertilizer and planes because of their potential to be used for harm?
Drug overdoses led to 52,404 deaths in 2015 most of them from from illegal drugs. This is 4 times the number of deaths from gun homicides that year. And illegal drugs are already by definition – ILLEGAL!
Making guns illegal will not stop this violence. Making bump stocks illegal will not stop this violence. Making it illegal for mentally ill patients to obtain guns will not stop this violence. Raising the age at which a person can legally buy a weapon will not stop this violence.
Nothing will stop violence committed by a person intent on harming other people.
I don’t have the answers. But gun banners don’t have the solutions.