DICK’S Sporting Goods recently announced several changes to their policy on selling guns in their stores. In addition to no longer selling certain types of rifles and “high capacity” magazines, the store is refusing to sell any firearm to anyone under the age of 21, but will continue to sell them to those who are 21 and older.
We are not even two months into the new year and there have already been 18 school shootings. That is an astounding figure. With gun violence on the rise, why can’t we have an honest debate about gun control?
Well, for starters, because the statistic written above is a lie.
Late Sunday night, Las Vegas was the scene of America’s worst mass shooting in our history. As of this writing, 59 innocent people are confirmed dead, and over 500 are wounded. It is a horrifying tragedy that is difficult to comprehend. At this point many details are still unclear, including a motive.
As expected, there was immediate and sustained demands for increased gun control. I am not one to criticize gun control advocates for politicizing a tragedy. If someone has a plan they believe will save hundreds of lives, I won’t tell them to keep it to themselves. But this debate has gone on for so long I think I could carry on both sides. Which is why I want to discuss a different aspect I don’t think gets brought up enough.