After the lives of 20 elementary school children were taken by a sick man wielding automated assault weapons, it should be obvious that gun control laws (among a myriad of others) in this country are ineffective at best.
NYC's Mayor Bloomberg appeared on Meet the Press over the weekend and proposed a plan for gun control reform (above).
"It only happens in America. And it happens again and again. There was another shooting yesterday; three people killed, I think, in a hospital. We kill people in schools, we kill them in hospitals, we kill them in religious organizations, we kill them when they're young, we kill them when they're old. We've just got to stop this…If [Obama] does nothing during his second term, something like 48,000 Americans will be killed with illegal guns.
There is a number of things that the President can do…through executive action, he can order his agencies to enforce the laws more aggressively. I think [there are] something like 77,000 people who've been accused of lying when they applied for a gun permit. We've only prosecuted 77 of them. The president can introduce legislation, even if it doesn't get passed…He's got to try. That's his job."
Whether or not you believe everyone has a right to own a weapon that can effortlessly steal someone's life is not the issue; no one can deny that American gun control laws are lax and laughable.
It's true, violence is part of our society, but shouldn't our main goal be working towards a future where violence is rare, if not unheard of? A future of peace?
Idealistic yes, over simplified, sure… but an honorable goal nonetheless.