Op-ed calling for more gun control misses key point

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Finding a college publication that prints a story in favor of gun control is about as surprising as finding David Hogg saying something stupid. It’s pretty common, to say the least.

These are often young people who are still trying to feel their way through the world, often not really understanding the issues they’ve opted to pontificate upon.

So, I consider it my civic duty from time to time to…instruct these young people on the error of their ways.

Such as this one:

A mass shooting occurred in Sacramento this past weekend, leaving six dead and 12 in the hospital. The violent event took place on K Street, a popular street in Sacramento with lots of foot traffic.

It lies on a strip that has been a place of fights for years, but never gunshots. With more than 100 bullets fired, it is one of the deadliest shootings in the city’s history, leaving Sacramento riddled with grief.

The Sacramento Police Department said that gang violence was the root of the shooting, and it believes that at least five gunmen were a part of the shooting.

The police have arrested suspects and are taking the necessary steps to hold those to blame for the deaths responsible.

On Sunday, President Joe Biden called for a ban on ghost guns, assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, demanding background checks for all gun sales and holding gun-makers responsible and liable.

California has at least 107 gun laws on the books, more than any other state, all of which were debated and passed in its Capital. The state has already banned military-style weapons, machine weapons and large-capacity magazines.

There have also been background checks and databases for those who own guns enforced by the state. And it has worked.

California does have a relatively low rate of deaths from gun violence, the seventh-lowest in the country. But more needs to be done.

Though California has the strictest gun laws in the US, when we compare them to the rest of the world, they are too weak. While these laws have protected people for the good, they need to be stricter for every state.

And yet, what the author fails to note is that the guns used by the Sacramento shooters appear to have circumvented all the gun laws.

One, for example, had been illegally converted to a machine gun. That’s illegal in all 50 states.

Additionally, what firearms that have been recovered were stolen guns. The laws in Arizona are completely irrelevant.

Further, while one can cross a border to buy a gun, they still have to provide an ID and an address showing their home state. As a result, the dealer must comply with the laws in their state of residence, not the state they’re purchasing a gun from.

Oh, darn. That kind of scuttles her whole argument there, doesn’t it?

The problem is that most of those who write about these issues for mainstream news outlets don’t really understand what they’re talking about. They ask a question, “Can you go to another state and buy a gun?” and then make assumptions. So, they get it wrong.

It would be hilarious except people like this believe it and then push for policy based on that.

What happened in Sacramento was awful, but it wasn’t the result of a lack of gun control. It was a lack of appreciation for human life, the result of an honor culture that doesn’t see dishonor in hurting innocents.

Recognize that for once.