Why New Gun Control Laws Won’t Stop Mass Shootings

Students across the United States are now protesting in favor of gun control but what they don’t seem to realize is that when a gunman is the only one in the room who is armed, he has all of the control.

Every time you create a gun-free zone, you are giving a would-be gunman the power to carry out the next “deadliest mass shooting in the United States,” because you are letting him know that he will be firing into a crowd of people who cannot defend themselves.

Not to mention the fact that the media provides 24/7 coverage every time a mass shooting happens, yet it provides very little coverage when police use guns to kill innocent civilians, or when cities are exploding with gun violence as a result of the failed war on drugs.

It’s not time for us to lie down and complain about how the government won’t “fix the problem,” it’s time for us to stand up and fight for solutions, and the last time I checked, the federal government is not in the business of solutions.

If you have followed my work, you know that I am a big supporter of the Second Amendment. It’s a right I take very seriously. My dad taught me how to shoot when I was 8 years old, and when I was 21, I applied for my license to carry a handgun.

I was actually a senior in college when Texas enacted campus carry and in the months before it became legal, I was dealing with a case of what I believed was a stalker. When I was finally able to legally carry my gun on campus, I felt safer than I have ever felt as a college student, because I knew that I would have a chance to defend myself, if need be.

The point is that whether you are dealing with a man with a gun who is targeting you exclusively, or you are dealing with a man with a gun who is intent on carrying out a mass shooting, the police cannot always get there in time, and it is important for us to find ways to protect ourselves.

In the case of the Florida school shooting, both the local police and the FBI failed to act on the warnings that had been reported to them, which means that the teachers and the students at the school were left to defend themselves… and I believe that if those teachers were given the proper training, and if they had the option to carry concealed weapons, they might have actually had a fighting chance to save their students.

In a perfect world, we could ensure that a mentally unstable person does not have access to guns, but when we put all of our trust in the government to be the judge, we are just wasting time enacting another program that wastes our money and does nothing for our safety. Are we really going to trust the federal government to keep our children safe when it has killed hundreds of children in the Middle East, just in the last year?

If we are going to have an honest debate about gun control, then we should take the time to look at the facts. While the media may have you believe that mass shootings are occurring daily, and violence is exploding, the fact is that violent crimes in the United States are actually significantly lower now than they were 25 years ago, and that is something everyone should be talking about.

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Rachel Blevins is a journalist who aspires to break the left/right paradigm in media and politics by pursuing truth and questioning existing narratives.

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