Jersey is gonna love this one for about 30 seconds, and then go back to hating me: NRA being two-faced. The NRA has cited a number of things other than guns that is the "problem." Now, while I disagree with the idea that guns are to blame, I also feel that people who throw the guns under the bus are arguing from a place of ignorance. Same goes for the NRA, they are arguing out of a place of ignorance.
Video Games, movies, tv, music, etc... have been cited by the NRA VP as the "problem." Just like there are millions of guns that never kill anyone, there are millions of people who are exposed to all forms of media like this that never go insane and shoot up a school or a movie theater. If you look at what the actual violent crime rate is PER CAPITA, then you would realize that the problem is not one dimensional.
I have heard the bullshit statistic that "Baseball bats killed more people than guns did." Well that is an outright lie. However I can fix this statement to make it true. "Baseball bats killed more people than RIFLES did." Which that statement is typically true for annual statistics. So what is the first thing targeted and blamed by the gun control zealots? Magazine fed semi-auto rifles. Clearly, something is amiss.
No one wants to look at the truth behind violent crime, because the truth is simple and "hopeless." The simple truth is crazy people do crazy things, and you will never eradicate violent crime as long as there are people with emotions. People are looking for a solution to the "gun problem" ... what they should realize first its not a "gun problem" as much as it is a "consequence problem."
There are certain consequences and burdens that comes from freedom. Our ability as humans to act out of Choice rather than Instinct is one of many key differences between us and every other life form on this planet. What is appalling to me is how short-sighted people are when it comes to problem solving, and how easy it is to sway people on fickle emotions alone.
I am called crazy because I am a libertarian, someone who wants a minimalist federal government. It is my belief that every social structure that involves most of the power at the top is more prone to abuse and corruption. I would much rather that the people "in charge" of most of what rules or policies you have to obey, are within arms length of you. How do I personally hold Pat Tiberi's feet to the fire for some of the shit he has done and said that I don't agree with? I can't just call him or email him, I have to go through a massive god damn hassle just to submit a question.
Laws only limit the actions of the lawful. It is not the lawful citizens you have to worry about in this matter. Quit hitting mister ed's skeleton with that louisville slugger... those things can kill ya know