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Stronger Gun Laws NO, Stronger Communities YES!

March 28, 2018 by  
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( Here we go again. Another school massacre and another overreaction by liberals who want to play politics with the Second Amendment.

On Valentine’s Day, 17 students and faculty members were murdered by a former classmate at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., a small community west of Boca Raton.

As tragic as the murders were, sometimes I am confused by the way people react to tragedies. In the aftermath of a mass shooting, many people want the government to immediately pass new gun control laws. The hard truth is that there is absolutely nothing the government can do to protect you from tragedies like the horrific massacre in Parkland.

Tragedy, by definition is, “an event causing great suffering, destruction, and distress, such as a serious accident, crime, or natural catastrophe.”

Sometimes good people are beset by tragedies, randomly and without warning.

If you ban guns, do you really think violent tragedies will go away? One need look no further than Japan to find the answer.

In Japan, it is illegal to possess, carry, sell or buy guns. So, it is extremely rare, if ever, for a shooting death to occur in Japan.

For example, in 2014, Japan had six gun related deaths compared to 33,599 in the U.S.

In 2016, however, nineteen people were killed and 26 injured in a stabbing massacre in Tokyo,which was Japan’s deadliest mass killing since World War II. In 2008, a man ran over a group of people with his truck and then stabbed 18, killing seven in Tokyo’s Akihabara gaming district. In 2001, eight children were killed when a former employee, a janitor, entered an elementary school in Osaka and stabbed them to death.

So, the point is that even if guns were outlawed in the U.S., a person determined to commit an act of violence will always find a weapon of choice to unleash their diabolical schemes.

Irresponsible mainstream media outlets take advantage of these crises, broadcasting the anguish and misery of distraught family members just to boost their own ratings. As they say, “if it bleeds, it leads.”

Let’s game out one of the liberal arguments that outlawing guns is the solution to these mass shootings, that seem to happen with more frequency.

So, Japan has outlawed guns. Now, killers in that country use knives and cars to inflict massive carnage upon their fellow citizens.

If the U.S. outlawed guns and preemptively banned, let’s say, ice picks and utility knives, then individuals that are committed to killing other people will simply use whatever else they can get their hands on. Cars and trucks might become the weapons of choice; should we ban them, too? If we go down that road, where will it end?

What liberals refuse to address is the lack of values and morality in our society. Religion instills in a society a sense of right and wrong and demands some type of structure in our lives, but liberals have run prayer out of our nation’s schools; and any mentions or references to God in the public square are questioned, mocked or maligned outright.

Regardless of one’s religious beliefs, can anyone legitimately argue that the Ten Commandments are not good standards for any society to live by? Thou shalt not murder, lie, covet, etc.

In American society today, many people have bought into the notion that man, not God, is the measure of all things. There are no rules. No restraints. American society has cast the traditional nuclear family by the wayside. For liberals, normal is whatever you feel like doing at any given moment.

Liberal Hollywood elites, the most vociferous advocates for gun control, refuse to take responsibility for the violence and lack of morals that are constant themes in their movies and TV shows; most of them won’t even acknowledge the negative effects that their industry has on the minds of young people.

The result is generations of children who become desensitized to violence and mayhem, who then lash out in real life, without ever considering the repercussions of their actions.

These kids don’t wake up one day and decide to go on murderous rampages at their schools, simply because someone picked on them during lunch or they experienced a bad breakup. We have all gone through that as teenagers and young adults and we got through it without killing and maiming dozens of our classmates.

What is different now? Today, it’s very hard to get teenagers and young adults to think critically about the world they live in. No one wants to accept personal responsibility for anything that happens in their lives; everyone gets a trophy; everything bad that happens to them is always someone else’s fault.

The state of Florida and the F.B.I. are going to spend millions of dollars trying to figure out why this kid killed students and faculty members at that school in Parkland. In reality, there are no simple solutions to most problems that we wrestle with as a society.

Unfortunately, sometimes bad things happen to good people and banning guns won’t change that.

Staff Writer; Raynard Jackson

Mr. Jackson is also founder of a political and industrial consultant firm which is based in Washington, DC; Raynard Jackson & Associates.


2 Responses to “Stronger Gun Laws NO, Stronger Communities YES!”
  1. I am dedicated to the cause

  2. Charles Daniels says:

    Yet Again more Conservative Talking Points for Christians to Love Weapons of Warmongering and Destruction.

    It is said if a person (in a play, but this concept can be used much more) has a gun in Act 1, he will use it by Act 4.

    More ways to “legitimize” the violent lifestyle in tolerating such weaponry. First of all why do you think Americans started to love violence and evil in the first place? The readily available psychical guns themselves. Thats the obvious Elephant in the room. What started elders to be so scared of their offspring in our communities!? GUNS… Curious less religious but more anti-gun Europe doesn’t have this issues. Religious but still “mostly” anti-gun Africa doesn’t either.

    “Religion instills in a society a sense of right and wrong”

    Beyond Sexuality and *maybe Fidelity no it doesn’t. A look into married atheists or children BORN psychopaths proves that. We could discuss Christians in Casino’s, Porn, non-charity, flaunting jewelry, pathetic marriage rates and child abuse etc. Oh not to mention Slavery was once justified via religious texts. How this even has anything to do with school shootings is so left-field it isn’t even in the same ballpark. If Christianity made the Ten Commandments then the Greeks must have invented Algebra. /logic

    To quote a past commentor, the #2 country with guns accessible to population is Yemen, even more to your wishes is a very religious right vs wrong country. It is so divided and tribalized due to weaponry in the physical sense that a stable central government will never emerge for quite some time it ever does.

    I here you with the “we need a better culture” and violent video games/programs, but one might ask what do they use to commit those actual crimes they see on T.V? What is the common physical denominator? Ask yourself that… Remember Correlation does not imply Causation. They were obviously many “violent crimes” done before the media. MOSTLY AGAINST US AS A PEOPLE or we can look at the Wild, Wild West and militia leaders undiscovered horrors.

    “will always find a weapon of choice to unleash their diabolical schemes.”

    So why not limit their base of non-essential materials i.e guns? So just because we can’t limit Cars, knives and other likely less psychologically palatable and slightly less potentially deadly, we should let the possibility of 30 Men with Semi-Automatics let loose on the streets? And just blame on “Culture and Religion”? Does that seem sane to you?

    As an African American Anti-Gun Advocate I’ve got to say White People by far defend their gun faiths better then lots of these brothers, and Maynard is a professional to boot!

    We as part of the Liberal Communist Network, reject weapons as Anti-African and Anti-Indignant as justification of police utilization of weapons and their brutality. We also view it as a “White Agenda” historically used for enslavement and destruction.

    Keep your “Ungodly Violent Traditions” far away from us!

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