The events of the recent past occurring near the Left Coast have once again brought forth the expected plethora of platitudes, pandering to a particular political base that never, never results even remotely in a solution for the problem at hand. In the instant case the horrific events in Las Vegas has once again elevated the gun control argument to the forefront. Such an argument demonstrates a pious political argument that is totally indicative of a complete ignorance of the root causes and possible solutions to the underlying problems.
A very telling example is the factual situation relative to illicit drug use in this country. On June 18, 1971 in a press conference, Pres. Nixon proposed a War on Drugs. This was to bring to bear enhanced enforcement of the laws that had banned use and possession of all such drugs. How did that work out? Is there anybody out there with walking around sense who believes the drug problem is better today than it was in 1971?
Just as the complete outlawing of drugs not only did not “fix” the problem, it exacerbated it! We have learned so much from this phenomena that political ideologues are seeking to indoctrinate we the proletariat that simply prohibiting, legally, the ownership of guns will solve the problem of deaths and/ or injure due to use of guns. This could be dismissed as a fantasy by intelligent people if it were not for the propaganda espoused by the mainstream press who believe their job is to arouse emotions without regard to any factual basis from any knowledgeable and unbiased sources. The founders never intended nor foresaw the press would engage in the behavior that has resulted in present day evolution of the press eternally supporting an ideology. Had they assumed the press would not use their constitutional mandate responsibly, they would have likely omitted freedom of the press from the Bill of Rights.
As an interesting aside to this presentation, in 2016, 64,000 people died from drug overdose. The number of gun deaths by violence was approx. 12,000. I say approx. because sources vary slightly as to the real number. According to the Brady organization, the total of violent gun deaths in 2016 was 34,000. Of this 60% or 21,000 was suicide and 4-5% were killed unintentionally, legal intervention and misc.
As long as our political leaders are allowed to act only on the emotions aroused by the hot button issue of the day with a knee-jerk action and are never required to get to the underlying parameters that are the root cause of the problem at hand, we are left only with the common sense definition of insanity: Keep doing the same old thing and expecting a different result!