Many people question my stance on gun laws and gun control because, after all, guns are the reason my son is in prison. It is really quite simple. None of the proposed gun legislation would have stopped the young man from committing the crimes that caused my sons incarceration. None of the proposed gun legislation would have prevented Columbine, Sandy Hook, Aurora or Virginia Tech. Not one.
The other reality is this, although we are greatly affected emotionally by sudden violent attacks, more people die everyday from prescription drugs (about 270 per day), 25,580 people died from traffic accidents in 2012 and an estimated 98,000 people die every year from medical malpractice related issues. The difference? No one focuses on the greatest issues or causes of death in the United States, only the most dramatic.
The other reality? Criminals always have a way to get a gun. Changing laws concerning gun control will not change the ability of a criminal to get a gun. Let's take a look at the recent murder of Tom Clements, the Director of Prisons in Colorado. The man accused of his death, the death of another man and eventual demise of himself was a former offender. He did not purchase a weapon. Yet he had one. It was not his access or lack of access that brought about this crime. It was the mental instability of this former offender, exacerbated by 8 years of solitary confinement and torture that lead to the crimes he committed.
Let's look at Virginia Tech. The young man responsible for those deaths used a 2 hand guns in the shooting. he was also mentally unsound and had been in and out of treatment since junior high. He had also recently ceased taking Paxal an antidepressant which has severe side effects and can increase a patients propensity to violence and suicide.
We need to address mental health. We need to address family violence. We need to support families who are dealing with these issues that lead to profound acts of violence. This will make a difference....not gun legislation. Here are a couple of articles...one from the President and one from a Colorado Sheriff.
Obama Gun Policy
Colorado Gun Policy