The state of Indiana isn’t one a lot of people think of as pro-gun, but it is. It’s easily one of the more pro-gun states out there. It’s not perfect–most places aren’t–but it’s not a place you’re going to see much gun control come out of.
That won’t stop anti-gunners from trying. There’s already a plan for any number of anti-gun bills to be introduced and, hopefully from their point of view, pass.
However, it seems even that crowd isn’t expecting gun control to be a thing in Indiana in 2024.
Both gun control and gun rights advocates reacted to the gun violence over the New Year’s holiday throughout Indianapolis on Monday.
Both agreed proposed legislation on the table is most likely a non-starter next session.
Last month, the Giffords Law Center gave Indiana a D- for failing to pass gun control legislation it says could save lives. Even with a violent start to the new year in Indianapolis, Hoosiers we spoke to said it’s unlikely new gun control bills on the table will pass.
”It’s sad, obviously, but it’s also just part of American life,” said Indianapolis resident Ryan Reed.
According to Reed, he’s no stranger to the effects of gun violence.
“I know there’s been a lot of people that I was raised around who aren’t here or are doing time, but yeah,” Reed said.
Two Democrat-sponsored bills seek to reduce gun violence next session. Senate Bill 24 would change the minimum age to carry a gun from 18 to 21, and Senate Bill 95 would allow cities to create their own gun control laws. Jerry King, the president of Hoosiers Concerned About Gun violence, said both bills are a modest but important step in the right direction.
”We think that the more success that a community has in limiting people’s access, utilization of guns, reliance on guns…the better it is,” King said.
But at the end of the day, no one expects these bills to pass.
That’s good because they’re based on a faulty idea, that “limiting people’s access, utilization of guns, reliance on guns…the better it is.”
What they’re talking about limiting is people’s legal access, utilization, and reliance on guns. Nothing on the agenda would inhibit the criminal element in the least, which is part of the problem.
Luckily, enough folks in Indiana understand this that they can elect lawmakers who also understand this. As a result, this just isn’t going to happen.
But that’s not to say this bunch won’t keep trying.
What we need is an educational effort designed to show the inherent flaws in the gun control ideology and how little it actually accomplishes. We need to shift public perception of gun laws and the supposed benefits of gun control so as to create an environment that undermines the media narrative of gun control being an uncontested good.
They want to restrict access. They want to reduce your ability to keep and bear arms.
At least in Indiana, that’s unlikely to happen no matter how hard they try.