“Comparing Detroit to other major cities, Detroit had 386 homicides , Chicago had just over 500 but blames gang violence. New York had 414, down some – but police there have a stop and frisk policy. Windsor had only 3. Some law enforcement experts say it is because of a ban on handguns,” reports Cheryl Chodun of WXYZ in Detroit on 02/08/2013. “We understand the Second Amendment guarantees the right to keep and bear arms-just not ALL arms. Let’s make our country a better, less violent place for them. We welcome moms, dads, grandparents, teachers and all concerned community members,” taken directly from the One Million Moms 4 Gun Control (1MM4GC) Facebook page. A huge problem looking for a viable solution.
The homicide rate for Detroit head to head against Chicago, New York, and Windsor is telling enough until one stops to consider homicides on a per capita basis. Detroit’s is astronomical in comparison. Those looking to change this grim statistic are looking towards enacting measures to increase the controls on firearms. Extracted from the Mission Statement from the 1MM4GC Wayne-Oakland County Chapter Facebook page is the following:
While we are not against guns, we are against the proliferation of military-type weapons that have been allowed into our society with too little oversight. We are asking you today to make a promise to the mothers of America: Help us create reasonable and enforceable gun laws that allow us to safely send our precious children out of our arms and into schools, movie theaters, malls, and universities.
Getting significant support for this notion through the courts, 1MM4GC seems to be hanging their hat on the only decision handed down by the Court directly related to the 2ND Amendment. In this decision, the conservative Justice Scalia wrote, “Although an individual now has a constitutional right to own guns, that new right is not unlimited.” Gun violence is trending upward across the entire nation, and in the wake of the Sandy Hook mass murders, more and more citizens are saying “enough is enough!”
Time will tell what changes are in store for gun owners. If recent history is any indication, gun owners will have little to worry about as many efforts to institute tougher gun laws have been met with stiff resistance. At the end of the day, one cannot argue the facts. At a time when America has never had so many guns, the death toll due to gun violence continues to ramp up, not down. If more guns were the answer, then we would have seen some positive results in decreased gun fatalities by now.