Why do people differentiate between “gun violence” and every other form of violence that doesn’t happen to involve a gun? No one on the political stage cares anything about knife violence, hammer and bat violence, or violence involving one’s feet and fists. No one cares about people committing suicide using rope or slitting one’s wrists. It’s always the “gun suicides” they care about.
The only kind of violence that needs solutions is “gun violence.” Every other form of violence is fine. If someone goes on a rampage and knifes nine people to death, it might make national news for a few minutes, but no one is going to call for knife control. If someone goes on a rampage and guns down nine people to death, politicians and the media descend on that story like a pack of hyenas about to tear apart an antelope carcass. Then they bring up “gun violence,” and what “common sense” gun laws we can pass to prevent it.
Karl Rove said that the only way to stop gun violence once and for all would be for legislators to “get enough oomph” and repeal the 2nd Amendment. Here’s what he said in an interview with Chris Wallace:
WALLACE: How do we stop the violence?
ROVE: I wish I had an easy answer for that, but I don’t think there’s an easy answer.
We saw an act of evil. Racist, bigoted evil, and to me the amazing thing is that it was met with grief and love. Think about how far we’ve come since 1963. The whole weight of the government throughout the South was to impede finding and holding and bringing to justice the men who perpetrated the [Birmingham] bombing.
And here, we saw an entire state, an entire community, an entire nation come together, grieving as one and united in the belief that this was an evil act, so we’ve come a long way.
Now maybe there’s some magic law that will keep us from having more of these. I mean basically the only way to guarantee that we will dramatically reduce acts of violence involving guns is to basically remove guns from society, and until somebody gets enough “oomph” to repeal the Second Amendment, that’s not going to happen.
They’ve banned guns in England, and look what’s it’s done for them. If you ask someone like Piers Morgan, he’d claim that it’s made them safer from gun violence. But he won’t talk about violence there in general, because it’s one of the most violent countries. Australia’s had a similar experience.
Governments just want to take away citizens’ most powerful weapons to render them essentially defenseless and therefore, easy to control.