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January 14, 2013

Why We Can’t Fix the Gun Problem

Why We Can’t Fix the Gun Problem

I am not a strong gun control advocate, mostly because I agree with conservatives when they say stories like this aren’t widely reported:

Kevin Dorsey says he doesn’t carry a gun because he doesn’t believe in them, but he credits  a couple of armed good Samaritans in a Mercedes with catching a thief who had just robbed him.

Dorsey said he’d just entered his car on Thursday night after leaving a Houston night club when he felt a gun to his chest. That’s when a robber took Dorsey’s wallet, cell phone and car keys.

After he was robbed, Dorsey took off  running down the street and says two men in a Mercedes asked him what was wrong. Dorsey told the men what had just happened, and the men caught up with the robber and began shooting at him. The suspect fired back at the armed good Samaritans, but in the end, the good guys shot the suspect.

After the suspect was shot, police say he attempted to jump a fence and escape but was  attacked by a German Shepherd. That attack prevented the criminal from getting away.

Dogs and guns have always been a part of my life. My parents owned a handgun, and I always knew where to find it, just in case I was ever home alone and faced with an intruder. Dogs alert you to crime, and guns are lethal weapons which put me (a woman) on equal footing with a male intruder. I hate that American culture has devolved to such a degree, where such assessments are even necessary, but I’m a realist, and we are where we are. I don’t delude myself about what action I might’ve taken if someone had broken into our home during one of those Spring breaks where I was home alone.

Gun violence, and the potential for gun violence, is real. It’s not that gun violence isn’t a problem in America, it’s that I’m not sure  that most instances of gun violence can be legislated away. I’m fine with an assault weapons ban, but what does that do to prevent a man from killing his family and then taking his own life? How does that prevent a disturbed young man from taking his mother’s stash of guns and shooting up a school?

Again I’m in favor of an assault rifle ban, putting in place a database to prevent mentally ill people from owning guns, and prosecuting people who lie on their background checks. I would also prefer mandatory training, at the gun range of your choice, prior to purchasing a gun of any kind. But the truth is, many Americans lack the self control required for owning  any weapon, much less any weapon which is designed for a clean and instant kill.

Ask David Keene, head of the NRA, why his son fired shots at a motorist during a road rage incident? From what I know, Keene’s son has  not been diagnosed as being mentally ill, but, like most people, his temper got the best of him. And just that quick, he was bustin’ shots in the middle of a busy freeway. That’s how it happens.

So we have David Keene’s son going gangsta in the streets, but we also have two good Samaritans saving a man from a robbery. Both these stories are true. Tell me, where’s the middleground in that?


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  1. TalithaMcEachin says:

    Excellent piece Yvette. I’m on the fence about the assault weapons ban but you’re right about the middle ground.

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