It's the guns, stupid
The Kansas City Star
Don’t get distracted. When it comes to controlling U.S. gun violence, one thing matters more than most: It’s the guns, stupid.
Yes, America needs better treatment for mentally ill people, as many Republican members of Congress are suddenly claiming.
But that won’t do much to solve the nation’s gun violence problem. The majority of gun crimes are not committed by mentally ill people.
Yes, America needs to take some steps to make its schools safer.
But that won’t do much to solve the nation’s gun violence problem. The majority of gun crimes are not committed at schools.
Yes, America needs more people who have strong religious faith.
But that won’t do much to solve the nation’s gun violence problem. The majority of gun crimes are not committed by atheists.
The Republicans, Democrats, gun lovers and others who embrace America’s gun culture claim they want to talk about all these things and others while trying to prevent future tragedies like the brutal slayings of 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary School last Friday.
But it’s the guns, stupid.
Banning assault weapons - all of them - will help.
Banning the production of anything that allows a person to shoot more than six bullets will help.
Banning all gun shows will help.
Taking steps to buy back guns, to confiscate illegal ones from the homes of Americans, to putting people in prison for disobeying gun laws - all of those would help control gun violence in America.