The recent brutal and unimaginable massacre of 26 people, including 20 first-grade children, in Newtown, CT, shocked me as I’m sure it did any normal human being.
I normally use this blog to write and share my thoughts and experiences on the topics of leadership, entrepreneurship, and strategic thinking. And yet, I simply could not stay silent following this yet another cruel, inexplicable, and hateful act of violence.
There have always been, and probably will always be, very sick individuals who are capable of performing shocking acts of violence. It’s not the intention of this post to try and understand what drives them to do such crimes.
We simply need to make it much more difficult for them to do so.
There is a debate now on whether or not we should limit and control the sale and ownership of guns. I personally have no doubt on this topic. It’s a must. Here is why.
Guns are intended for one purpose and one purpose only – to fire bullets.
And you can rest assure that they will fire bullets. So, if you own a gun you should assume that it would go off at some point. The only question is when and who will be shot.
So unless you’re a police officer, a soldier, or someone who legally needs to shoot people in the course of their job/duty, you should not be carrying or owning a gun.
Those who are arguing for “the right to bear arms for self-defense” are fooling themselves. Your best self-defense is to avoid a confrontation with an armed person. Your gun is more likely to hit someone else, an innocent bystander, perhaps even a family member. Moreover, you will likely destroy your life forever.
Worst yet, having a gun at home is a recipe for gun accidents, many of them involving kids, who see it as a toy. In particular, if they are also exposed to violent video games that are so popular these days. Such accidents destroy entire families. Sadly, I've seen this happen more than once.
In summary, I believe in the following two equations:
1. Less guns = Less people being shot
2. Violent video games + easy access to guns = shooting crimes