Can we please set aside the hysteria and hyperbole regarding gun violence? The AR-15 is not a military weapon; it only looks like an AR-16, a fully automatic military assault weapon.
Semi-automatic rifles, pistols and shotguns have been owned and used by ordinary citizens for over 100 years. According to FBI statistics, AR-15 rifles are used in less than 2 percent of murders. The vast majority of violent gun deaths are committed with handguns. It is interesting to note that over 40 percent of violent gun deaths are suicides.
Our founding fathers did not write the Second Amendment into the “Bill of Rights” to protect citizens’ rights to hunt. They had just broken the shackles of a British King’s oppressive government.
Citizens own over 300 million guns that never cause a problem. For many years, the NRA has been preaching that more laws will have no effect on reducing gun violence. We have many federal and state laws that are not enforced. The question to be asked is “Why not?” The real solution is much stricter and diligent enforcement of laws already on the books.
The recent tragedy at Parkland only proves that government agencies charged with our protection are not up to the task. The federal FBI, the local FBI office, the armed sheriff school resource officer on campus, and three police officers from another local agency failed to engage the shooter to protect the children. Additionally, mental health and law enforcement agencies had multiple reports that would have stopped the shooter from purchasing the AR-15.
Ultimately, we are responsible for our own safety. When seconds count, 911 and the police are only minutes away. Volunteer, well trained and armed teachers could have stopped these killings. The police did nothing.