Guns in the Future

I’ve worked in the news business for a number of years, and I’ve seen some pretty horrible stuff.  To be honest, I’m a little jaded when it comes to gun violence, but what happened in Connecticut stung me deeply.  If you can picture a grown man sitting at his desk at work crying, that was me as I edited video of the funerals for those children who died.

So what is the future of gun control in America?  President Obama has put together a special commission to come up with a solution.  According to the President, “This is not some Washington commission.  This is not something where folks are going to be studying the issue for six months and publishing a report that gets read and then pushed aside.”  I may be a bit cynical here, but whenever I hear a politician overemphasize a point like this I expect the opposite to happen.

However, politicians in Washington do seem eager to do something to prevent another mass shooting like the one at Sandy Hook Elementary.  Several politicians who opposed gun control laws in the past have apparently changed their minds, and the Republican Party seems hesitant to embrace the proposal by the NRA to put armed police in every school.

But even if all the Republicans and Democrats get together and agree to new gun control legislation, will that really stop gun violence?  With new technology like 3D printers, it will soon be possible for anyone to simply download schematics for a firearm and “print” them as plastic parts.  Once assembled, these plastic guns would be just as lethal as the real ones, and metal detectors wouldn’t be able to detect them.  Although 3D printers are not yet household devices, at least one website already provides the schematics.  Click here to read more about that.

So what is the future of guns?  I suspect the President’s “Washington commission” will publish a report which will be read and pushed aside, but maybe I’m wrong.  Maybe they really will try to do something.  But whatever happens, I expect that in the future, for better or worse, guns will still be readily available.

What do you think?

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2 thoughts on “Guns in the Future

  1. I found a S&W in a river over thirty years ago when I was a boy. The gun was ancient and unusual looking because a small rock was hugging the barrel, fused like one with the metal six shooter. Being just a kid, I smashed off the rock from my new found treasure. The cops said it was probably tossed into the drink by a real life bank robber over 50 years ago, so I was allowed keep it…. well at least for a little while.

    My teacher allowed me to take my treasure home but my father was not happy. He forbid me to keep it in the house and lectured me proper over guns belonging to lawmen only. Dad was right, of course, just look at all the guns floating around today. In the end my teacher got it and locked my S&W treasure away under heavy lock and key. It made perfect sense in late 70’s and I never ever saw or held my ‘bank robber’ treasure ever again.

    • That’s a really cool story. I may not like guns much, but to find a piece of history like that and hold it in your hands…

      My father owned a few Civil War replica weapons. He had an officer’s saber with the edge blunted, and he let me hold that sometimes. I was young enough that I didn’t know the difference between a replica and the real thing, so I thought I had a genuine artifact from the 1860’s in my hands. Those replicas taught me not only to have a healthy fear for weapons but more importantly a respect for the past.

      You did the right thing letting your teacher lock that S&W away. I hope it’s still preserved for future generations.

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