There has been a lot of rhetoric in the media and in the government lately about the latest political diversion catch phrase; “gun violence”. Yet again the government and the media are attempting to divert our attention away from the real problems with present day society and the unacceptable increases in violence in the American society.
There is no question that violence in the US has increased over the last 100 years or so. It seems like each generation is more violent than the last. There are hundreds or thousands of reasons. The list below is a tiny part of a much longer list:
- uncontrolled bullying in schools
- increasing violence in the media
- the decline of the positive influences on children by a stable family life
- the decline in religious affiliations
- overcrowding in the schools
- a country that is constantly declaring war on countries and governments they don’t approve of
- peer pressure from social media
- the US is the most adept country in the world at training every new generation for war then sending them to foreign countries to kill foreign nationals for esoteric political views
- the almost uncontrolled rise in the illegal drug trade
- the almost uncontrolled rise in the membership in violent gangs
- a lenient court system
- Cabin Fever as a result of a multi year government lock down of the entire country
Citizens are demanding that governments act to control the the violence in our society. However, as mentioned, it is a multi faceted problem that will take years and fundamental societal changes to solve. Therein lies the problem. Politicians do not tackle difficult problems. Their horizon ends at the next election. Any problem that can not be solved in one term will likely be ignored.
So, classic diversion tactics, when the people are demanding immediate action on a problem that can not be immediately solved, you divert their attention to another issue that you can address. In this case, you coin the term “gun violence” then put the emphasis on the “gun” instead of the “violence“. Then you rush through a bunch of new, ineffective laws against the gun instead of addressing the violence in our society. Let the next administration deal with that because it is hard and if you try to fix it you may fail, and failure is not good for your chances in the next election.
For nearly the last hundred the government has passed ever increasing levels of gun laws to address the “bad gun du jour”. Yet in that same period, “gun violence” in the US has steadily increased. Hmm, what does that tell you, new laws do not fix the problem with violent people in society! Yet we just keep doing it. This sort of reminds me of the old military adage; “in the face of imminent defeat, retreat and declare victory”.
- In the 30s it was machine guns and sawed off shotguns that were the bad guns causing all the violent crime so lets tax them out of existance.
- in 1968 it was mail order guns, under age gun buyers, and unregulated gun dealers i.e. easy access to guns was the problem to be solved. So the government passed the most complem and sweeping set of gun control laws ever. This was to be a permanent fix to the “gun violence”problem.
- Also in the 60s lets not forget the dreaded “Saturday night special” i.e small cheap handguns were the thing to be hated for causing all the violent crime. So we enacted laws to prevent small handguns from being imported or manufactured domestically.
- in 1994, the problem was cheap SKS rifles being imported from China. SKSs could be imported from any one of the other countries that manufactured them, but not from China (a real common sense violence control measure ?). Owning an SKS rifle is OK as long as it costs more.
- Also in 1994 the ill fated Clinton Assault Weapons Ban. Banned a hodgepodge of rifles that the government had defined as assault rifles. Magazines with capacities of greater than 10 rounds of ammunition were also banned. This law was allowed to expire in 2004 since it had no measurable effect on violent crime
- The 2022 Gun Safety Bill https://www.cnn.com/2022/06/25/politics/biden-signs-gun-bill/index.html . The latest and greatest diversion by a government who avoids the real issue because it is too complex to even contemplate.
A number of shootings in Atlanta appear to be related to warring rival teenage gangs. There has been a number of instances of a shooter, trying to attack a rival, and spraying multiple bullets into a crowd of innocent bystanders killing or wounding several people, including small children, who just happen to be in the wrong place. When we have people without the smallest amount of moral character, to the point that they have zero regard for human life; how does anyone believe the new laws will fix that problem. That’s the problem that needs to be fixed, a whole generation of young people who have never been taught moral values and value for human life.
Following is a Chronology of Gun Control Laws Over the Last 100 Years
National Firearms Act (NFA) of 1934
The NFA of 1934 was the first attempt at federal gun control legislation in the USA. The “Roaring 30s was a period of rising “gangster violence”. The government determined that short barreled shotguns and “machine guns” were the source of the problem. But, rather than ban them, the decided to tax them out of existence. See this link for more info : https://www.encyclopedia.com/law/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/national-firearms-act-1934
Gun Control Act of 1968 (GCA or GCA68)
The law was prompted by the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963 (with a mail order gun). The a further push for passing this law in 1968 was in response to the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr and Robert F. Kennedy, both in 1968. The bill :
- bans the mail order sales of rifles and shotguns and
- limits interstate shipment of firearms
- mandates the licensing of individuals and companies engaged in the business of selling firearms
- prohibits most felons, drug users and people found mentally incompetent from buying guns.
- limits the sale of any rifle or shotgun or ammunition for rifle or shotgun to any individual less than 18 years of age,
- limits the sale of any handgun or ammunition for a handgun to any individual less than 21 years of age.
- bans the importation of a number of small handguns which the government deemed “not suitable for sporting purposes” i.e “Saturday night specials”.
In the sixties, the number one bad gun was the so-called “Saturday Night Special.” The righteous in our society hated them before the learned the hate Assault Rifles.
For more details on GCA68 see : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gun_Control_Act_of_1968
The Chinese SKS was banned for importation on May 26, 1994 by President Clinton.
in 1994, importation of SKS rifles from China were banned. SKSs could be imported from any one of the other countries that manufactured them, but not from China.
1994 Public Safety and Recreational Firearms Use Protection Act
Commonly called the Federal Assault Weapons Ban, or the Clinton Assault Weapons Ban, which was a part of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994. It was passed into law in September 1994.
The ban was law for a decade before expiring in 2004, but the effectiveness of the ban has been debated ever since.
- banned the “transfer or possession” of large-capacity ammunition devices that carried more than 10 bullets
- banned more than a dozen specific firearms and certain features on guns
- contained a sunset provision of a decade, meaning that it would automatically expire in 2004 unless renewed through another vote
There was a lot of commentary on the effectiveness of the ban, but no conclusive evidence that it reduced violence. It was not renewed