In the wake of yet another school shooting, a strange occurrence is taking place. Some members of the left are starting to point out that gun control measures are not actually effective and wouldn't have stopped many of the latest incidents.
Democratic Senator Mark Warner speaking on CNN stated:
“I don’t think there’s a single piece of legislation, but there’s a series of actions. Are there things we can do that would improve the safety of our schools? Absolutely.”
“Should there be more mental health counseling for troubled teens, the number of the incidents caused by young men time and time again? Absolutely. Making sure people are safer with their own firearms? Absolutely.”
And while this is not a full throttle cry for protecting the Second Amendment, it does bring to the fore the point that pretty much all of the proposed legislation to stop school shootings would actually fail to work.
Let's look at the recent Santa Fe shooting for example:
Raising the ownership age on weapons – The shooter stole the guns.
Banning “assault weapons” – The shooter used a shotgun and a revolver.
Strict background checks – Again, the shooter stole the weapons.
Making schools gun free zones – How does this stop a criminal?
Limiting legal gun ownership – The shooter obtained the guns illegally.
In fact, the only argument remaining to the left is that of a complete ban on guns in the United States. But we just need to look at the UK to see that this DOES NOT WORK. Criminals always find a way to get guns. Murder is on the rise in the UK (despite it being illegal to own a gun); in fact, the murder rate in London is now higher than in New York.
And of course, what about a few decades ago? There were no mass shootings like this despite having far more relaxed gun control laws. The answer lies in society and the treatment of humans, not in banning guns.