CNN, you ought to be ashamed of yourselves!
There was a time that CNN lived up to its name as a “Cable News Network”. These days, it seems it’s anything but the news. It’s opinion and even then, poorly formed and ignorant opinion. (I’ll discuss the pit bull, Chris Cuomo, another time!)
As I often do during the day, I’m reading through CNN.com/US and there’s an article about gun control. The author, Jeff Yang, suggests that an answer to the “epidemic” of gun violence is to make owners of guns get insurance. The article is stupid enough on its own but simply the fact that CNN would publish it is amazing!
Let’s walk through a few counter-thoughts for a moment:
- Requiring doctors to have insurance doesn’t stop malpractice from happening. It only provides a means for the survivors or victims’ families to carry on, at least financially. The patient is still injured, suffering, or dead.
- Requiring drivers to have insurance hasn’t stopped car accidents from happening. It only provides a means for financial recovering in the wake of a crash. The damage is still done, injuries still happened, and in some cases, the dead are still dead.
There is no case I can think of where requiring insurance has prevented a potentially negative event from occurring. In fact, “requiring” insurance is not always enforced even in cases (such as driving) until or unless an event occurs that brings it to light. The fallacy of those who think like Mr Yang is the thought process that believes a law will prevent something from happening. Obviously Not! Even with all of the thousands of laws on the books today–if not millions–crimes and law violations occur on a regular basis.
Insurance may cause a law-abiding citizen to reconsider gun ownership if the cost of that insurance is too great. For the criminal, die hard, or mentally ill? Not necessarily. And even if a person has insurance for a legally obtained firearm, there is no guarantee that in the heat of the moment, someone will not end up dead.
CNN’s Andre Spicer has an equally ineffective idea: Let’s convince retailers that selling guns isn’t in their best commercial interest! Great! So that takes care of Walmart and introduces more shops that are “gun free” like Starbucks. It doesn’t get guns off of the streets. It also does nothing to stop a destructive person from walking into an elementary school with a gun and killing people. How much more gun-free can you get than an elementary school???
Well, those signs in the windows or at the curbs that says “Gun-Free Zone” were REALLY effective, weren’t they!?!?!?!!!
The only answer to gun violence in this country–or anywhere in the world–is a complete revocation of any rights regarding gun ownership with full surrender, then confiscation, and then extreme punishment for anyone found to own a gun. At that point, there would almost have to be immediate incarceration on a felony charge with the possibility of life in prison or the death penalty before things would change significantly.
I don’t advocate any of this, by the way! I don’t advocate anything mentioned up to this point!!!
HOWEVER, I do agree that doing nothing is not the right answer, but there needs to be an unemotional, logical, reasoned out approach, hammered out by liberals and conservatives, and then simply implemented. Doing SOMETHING and doing the RIGHT THING are not one and the same though. A change may mean that the Constitution is amended–it has been before and likely will be again. Not an easy path or a likely one at that. But if and when it does occur, be prepared to either live by the new rules or to move into the criminal class when you don’t.
And be prepared in that day to live with a lot of other changes that will leave the United States of America less great, less free, and less united!