I don’t own a gun and probably won’t ever own one. I simply don’t like the loud noise. My father, who was a police officer at one time, trained me to shoot a gun. I do own a knife and can use it quite well. However, taking a knife to a gunfight is idiocy. I do support the rights of Americans to own guns. No matter what type of legislation you endorse, it simply won’t stop the criminals or those hell bent on shooting people, from carrying out nefarious plans. A well directed shot from a pistol or rifle will.
We’ve failed as a nation miserably in our wars on crime. I’ll never forget cleaning one of my rentals after months of trying to get the occupants out of it. In our city, if you have a drug dealer in an apartment and the police catch them dealing, the landlord faces being charged with a crime and going to jail. However, eviction isn’t that easy, so you spend months worrying and patrolling your property. Once the mother and her children—who she used to sell the drugs—left the apartment, I went to clean. Prominently displayed everywhere was the stickers and other “free” items with the logo, “Just Say No.” Evidently, they weren’t sure what the “no” meant.
Some countries don’t have the problems with guns that we do. Switzerland is one. Switzerland has no army, just militia. There are as low as 2.3 million guns to as high as 4.5 million in a country with just 8 million people. However, the crime rate is far lower than ours is. In fact, they have about 1/10th the number of homicides committed with firearms per thousand compared to the US. Part of the reason is that guns are a deterrent, however, there’s more to this mystery.
Switzerland trains their young in responsibility and gun safety. There are youth shooting associations and training camps. Even though guns are prevalent amount the youth, there is virtually no crime perpetrated by those attending the camps or belonging to groups.
More guns may be the answer, but as with all our problems—whether it is lagging reading scores, drugs or gun violence, teaching personal responsibility at an early age is the fundamental cure for much of what ails us. We lag behind Finland—-way behind—in education. They don’t jumpstart learning with early childhood programs. Nor, do they throw thousands of dollars at education; they pay less per capita than we do. Instead, they teach personal responsibility in the early years and make students responsible for their education.
We could learn a lot by looking at other countries. The giant elephant in the room that nobody mentions is the lack of personal responsibility. We, as Americans, can’t be responsible if we put a cup of hot coffee between our legs and it spills. Idiocy is acceptable here and it’s not our fault. We can’t be responsible for our drug or alcohol addiction or anything else that would have been a humiliation at best many years ago. We can control guns, raise reading levels and clean up our country if we look at the core problem….the lack of personal responsibility.