In the wake of the tragic shooting at Michigan State University, liberal politicians have once again sounded the call for more gun control laws. However, it is worth noting that the shooter already had a criminal history and therefore should not have been able to own a firearm according to state law. This calls into question the efficacy of further gun control legislation in states that already have some of the strictest gun laws in place such as New York, Illinois, and California.
It appears as if liberal mismanagement is leading to an increase in violence instead of guns being an issue. This is especially true when one looks at the data pertaining to mass shootings which show that most occur in Democrat-run states. In addition, many of these same states are currently suffering from urban crime sprees due to their leniency towards criminals rather than tougher enforcement and sentencing policies.
The truth is that guns are not the problem; it’s liberal policies that are allowing dangerous individuals access to firearms who would normally be denied based on existing laws. The current push for even more gun control measures will only further restrict law-abiding citizens while doing little or nothing to prevent those with criminal backgrounds from obtaining firearms through illegal means.
Moreover, there is evidence that suggests most mass shooters obtained their weapons legally or stole them from someone else who bought theirs legally. The real solution then lies not in more gun control but rather in better background checks and mental health evaluations for anyone looking to purchase firearms as well as cracking down on illegal gun purchases and transfers.
Rather than using the tragedy for political gain, those in power should focus on solutions that actually work rather than band-aid efforts such as new gun control laws. It’s time for liberals to take responsibility for their mismanagement and come up with long-term solutions that address the root cause of gun violence instead of simply blaming guns for every act of violence committed by bad actors with criminal histories or mental health issues.