1. Bill
    June 18, 2019 @ 11:20 AM

    This was an interesting article. It didn’t have nearly the foolishness of most gun banning, anti-second amendment rants that I am used to seeing. I too am interested in practical ways to reduce gun violence, and having productive conversations about how that can be achieved. Having said that, I am a Life Member of the NRA, A Range Safety Officer, Rifle and Pistol Instructor, Concealed Carry Holder, and a State Licensed Armed Security Guard. I am considerably zealous for the second amendment.

    Having said all that, I often wonder if there are functional ways to reduce the amount of illegal gun violence that abounds. Furthermore, how do you do that without giving up the individual rights recognized by the constitution? It isn’t easy.

    There were a few points that I would like to quibble with in this article:
    1. Waiting periods don’t work after the purchaser has their first gun. I am unaware of any empirical evidence that they do much on the first purchase either.
    2. Permits and background checks only affect those who use them; the law-abiding. Criminals avoid both, so by inherent function, neither of these is terrible effective.
    3. Why not mention STRICT, ENFORCED, PUNITIVE measures for people who break laws. If you would enforce more of the existing gun laws, they might begin to have an effect on the rate of gun violence. This takes time, and can be expensive, so no one wants to implement it. It seems that an ineffective solution today is better than an effective solution five or ten years in the making.
    4. The 30,000 gun deaths number is often touted, but disingenuous. It includes suicides, which is a large problem, but not the same as violence being visited on other people. Harming one’s self should probably be addressed under the mental health side of the question, not the legal side.

    I think I mostly agree with the author about violent entertainment and mental health issues. Those are big contributors, but once again, you are up against individual rights there, so it is hard to control. I am almost always on the side of individual rights. If you are more interested in collective rights, there are any number of other countries where the collective is valued more than the individual. For me, no thank you.

    All in all, I enjoyed reading these thoughts. They aren’t entirely the same old clap trap that I am used to hearing from my opponents. I like the engineer’s approach to solving the problem, not politicizing it.



    • Eldon
      June 18, 2019 @ 3:10 PM

      Thank you for the comments. I’ll take your quibbles. As stated, we need minds open to other ideas and ready to bend in finding an appropriate solution.
      Thanks for taking time to write. I particularly like your call for Enforcement — because you’re right, there are laws — many are just as you say, “an ineffective solution today is better than an effective solution … years in the making.” That exactly nails my opinion on politicians and current law making practices. I personally think we’re a nation of wimps with enforcement and punishment. A little “time-out” and an apology works for 2-year-olds, but not so much for adults — but that’s another topic.
      One thing I will point out, however, discussing “opponents” and “they” is not usually constructive when seeking solutions. Collaboration, understanding, and thoughtfulness are enhanced without divisions. That’s hard, and I often fail in the same way. Keep thinking. Keep talking. And again, Thank You.


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