As soon as I read this quote, I knew who the source was going to be. The hot topic of gun control really only seems to have two stances: those for harsher gun legislation and those strongly against it. People seem to be blinded by their political beliefs and don't really think about the issue specifically. Obviously a high executive in the NRA is going to try and draw attention away from guns and on to something else. Similarly, liberals tend to put attention solely on the guns and gun owners. Wouldn't the problem be best solved by addressing both issues, mental health AND gun violence? Legislation that made it safer for people to buy guns would benefit the nation as a whole. Just look at countries like England where many guns are illegal. The gun violence rate in countries with harsher gun laws are 10 times less than that of the US. Isn't that what a leading country like the US should strive for? Harsher gun laws would not take away the right given by the 2nd amendment, it would just require background checks and minimize the list of legal guns.
But LaPierre does make a good point that dangerous people should be looked at too (despite the fact that I disagree with almost everything the man stands for). Mental health should also be a hot topic in todays society. If people had easier access to mental health facilities, maybe they could get the help they need. But the problem also lies with those closest to the "dangerous people." They should have piece of mind in knowing that if they take their loved ones to a facility, they are going to get safe and legal treatment.
Whatever your opinions are politically, the US needs to unite and come to a decision on these issues, and fast. In regards to LaPierre, he should probably open his eyes and realize that crazy people without machine guns are a lot safer than crazy people with them.
I find it sad that the NRA chooses to handle the situation in this manner. Nothing is going to be done when there is a refusal to even hold a meeting for rational discussion. The polarization of the parties on this controversial topic will lead us to a useless stalemate. The NRA can argue all it wants about how dangerous people are the problem, not guns. But at the end of the day, there is still the fact that dangerous people can indeed acquire guns, making the guns themselves dangerous. It is hard to argue that the two are mutually exclusive when we have witnessed so many tragedies recently. Wayne LaPierre needs to reevaluate his motives beyond making this statement, because it seems like just another hard-headed partisan war. Absolutism on either side is simply not the answer.
Mr. LaPierre, ACTUALLY you cannot have a discussion about dangerous people within this context without including , ah you know, guns?? You are correct that dangerous people are the ones that pull the trigger... but isn’t the person or system that allows tactical automatic assault rifles to trickle into our country illegally just as culpable? Mr. LaPierre, let’s take it a bit further, how do you explain the recent shootings at gun shows across the country.. Are the people who injured themselves and others dangerous people? Have you attempted to address the topic with family members of the Newtown CT massacre? Unless you are an armed militia (Oh is that what NRA members are?), there need s to , has to be more regulation of their sales and distribution. Ah, yes the gun show shootings were accidents, yet how do you explain to someone that shot another person’s family member that, guns are not the topic of discussion. Bottom line assault rifles are not made in our country, and have no place in civilian hands. They are sold on the black market in the US , thus there is a lot of money at stake; obviously La Piere earns his salary from the proponents of lax gun regulation. The sad thing is that a lot of lives are at stake as well...
Just look at South Chicago..
Sure, mental health is something that should be discussed more in politics, but this doesn't discount to really hunker dow and lay in some gun control policies. Here are some facts to put this absurdity into perspective: In many states, if you're under 25, it's easier to buy a gun than it is to obtain a driver's license, 15 of the worst 25 mass shootings in the past 50 all over the world took place right here in the United States, and probably most importantly: States with stricter gun control laws experience fewer deaths by gun violence than those states without stricter laws. It's important to realize that people who are mentally unstable are unavoidable, and the task of taking care of them should be addressed. HOWEVER, we can't ignore the fact that making guns so easy to obtain, permits people with these conditions to act in ways they deem necessary. Adding guns to the equation doesn't HELP the problem.
It's also important to remember that regulation is not the same thing as prohibition. No one is trying to take AWAY the right to bear arms, but it is probably a good idea to start regulating arms enough so that they can't be purchased online.
there is still the fact that dangerous people can indeed acquire guns, making the guns themselves dangerous.
there is a point but you can-not identify which people are going to be dangerous.