Gun violence control is the problem, not gun control.
Gun violence is the combination of a gun and mentally impaired gun users, just as a DUI fatality is a combination of a vehicle and an impaired user.
Focus on the mentally impaired user of the weapon, not the weapon nor all weapon owners. For example, DUI fatalities dropped dramatically from 60 percent in 1982 to 38 percent in 2009. Emotionally driven legislation or presidential fiat focusing on weapons, magazines or ammunition is akin to banning V8 engines, 300 horse power engines or convertibles to reduce DUI fatalities. Clearly none of this was done. The focus was on the impaired user.
The impaired driver is easily identified — not so the mentally impaired weapon user.
It is easy, politically palatable, and simplistic to attack weapons rather than mentally impaired users. It is hard to deal with the impaired weapon user because mental health deinstitutionalization, lack of mental health services, as well as patient privacy contribute to this difficulty. These are difficult barriers to surmount, but unless they are, few potential mentally impaired gun users will be identified.
Remember, the mentally impaired people responsible for multiple fatalities were of well above-average intelligence. This means evasion of weapons controls is easier for them.
The Sandy Hook killer evaded all current controls.
A final thought, the last banning of weapons looking like assault weapons and high capacity magazines revealed no discernible reduction of gun injuries or gun fatalities according to the Department of Justice.
Michael Gaynor | Marco Island