Thursday, June 16, 2016

Terrorism and Gun Control

As a mystery writer I’m interested in topics that relate to crime—its cause, effect and methods employed. With the most recent horrendous event in Orlando, I have to agree with President Obama that we need to fight terrorism but also address the ease with which terrorists can obtain assault weapons in the United States. Whether someone is an international terrorist, a self-radicalized loner or an angry person with mental problems, the results are the same. All these people need to be dealt with. Then there is the ease with which someone can obtain semi-automatic assault weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines. This needs to be stopped. Hunters, people wanting handguns to defend themselves and gun range enthusiasts can still have their rights without access to these types of weapons. Like any crime, it is impossible to eliminate all of it, but we must take action to make it difficult for those committing criminal terrorist acts to render so much damage to citizens in our country.


Patricia Stoltey said...

Hi Mike -- This is one of the biggest dilemmas (and controversies) in our lifetime. It seem logical and desirable to ban assault weapons in the U.S. and make it harder for dangerous people to purchase any weapons, and I'd be in favor of restrictions that would keep weapons out of the hands of criminals, the mentally ill, and terrorists without impacting the gun rights of responsible citizens. But what prevents the smuggling of banned weapons across north and south borders and the sale of those smuggled weapons to undesirable buyers? As with drugs, if there's a market for the product, it will find its way into the U.S. illegally. We have big big problems to solve, and those suggested changes to the gun laws are little more than one tiny plug in a dike full of holes.

Mike Befeler, author of geezer-lit and paranormal mysteries said...

I agree there are a number of areas where action needs to be taken. We need our legislators to step up to a healthy debate on the issue and start taking action. Each small step will improve the situation.