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December 27, 2012

Theater of the Absurd: Modern Narratives on Gun Control

By Frank Griffin, TMCnet Contributing Writer

After Adam Lanza killed his mother, 20 innocent children and six valiant staff members who gave their life protecting and saving their students in Newtown, Connecticut, the posturing and the what-ifs have come alive.

Like all arguments, there are generally two sides, but in the face of such a tragic occasion, you’d think we would come together to start a dialogue with common sense. But I’m sad to say we are still Homosapiens – wise human?

One of the more ambitious notions being batted around is: what if there was a smart-gun in the house instead of a – for lack of a better word – dumb gun?

Current smart-gun technology works by locking the gun if the RFID chip doesn’t receive the correct signal from a bracelet or ring, but the gun is not smart enough to know who has the ring or bracelet. So anyone who is in possession of the ring or bracelet can start firing indiscriminately, as Adam Lanza did that fateful day. Granted this is a step in the right direction to increase the safety parameters of guns, but what we have to start addressing is why we need so many guns in the first place and why are there laws in place that only make sense to politicians.

Laws banning assault rifles are generally based on cosmetic characteristics that have nothing to do with the performance of the weapon. The Bushmaster .223 in Adam Lanza’s possession was not fully automatic and doesn’t perform as such – something that might be misconstrued by anyone who is not in the know, because it looks so ominous.

While Adam Lanza’s gun was developed to fire a limited amount of bullets at a time, it’s capable of performing more than one way, provided it is converted into a fully automatic weapon via certain alterations.

They will stand in the halls of congress and debate about scopes, folding or telescopic stock, pistol grip, bayonet mount, flash suppressors and magazine capacity. But the only thing the assault rifle ban does is give politicians a sense of accomplishment, because it only bans the features that scare people – not the mechanism by and the manner in which the weapon takes its victims.

According to the FBI, 16,808, 538 people tried to purchase weapons from January to November 2012, but not all of them were successful in their attempt. Background checks work, currently in select states, but unfortunately gun stores are not the only place where people buy guns.

Gun control is a hot-button issue, funded and fueled by very powerful organizations. Until the society we live start valuing all life, no law will protect us from the people that wish to do us harm.

President Obama said his colleagues in congress should exhibit the tinniest amount of courage those teachers showed in protecting their students to start effective dialogue about gun control.

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Edited by Braden Becker
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