100 Solutions for Fighting Mass Shootings in America...that Don't Depend on New Gun Laws
Did You March for Our Lives?
April 2, 2018
A carload of ladies and I joined the Pittsburgh March for Our Lives on March 24th. It a cold, sunny day and the streets were packed with loud, enthusiastic marchers (crowd estimates were about 30,000 for the Pittsburgh event).
Many people in the crowd had thought-provoking, hilarious and sometimes heartbreaking signs. You know what I noticed, though? I didn't see any signs (or hear any chants) saying "Ban All Guns!" or "We're Coming for Your Guns!" or anything to that effect. Most people realize that banning all guns is not a realistic (or legal) solution. Most people realize that the Second Amendment is a right, and the Supreme Court has interpreted the Second Amendment to protect an individual's right to own a gun (although not an unlimited right... we'll talk more about Supreme Court later).
These ladies in the crowd made us laugh (does anyone outside of Pittsburgh use the word "jagoff"?)
Most people (at the March, and elsewhere) aren't calling for all guns to be eliminated. As my brother (a veteran and gun owner) says, "We should be looking for ways to eliminate unnecessary gun deaths, not eliminate guns." Most Americans support a variety of laws to improve gun safety and minimize unnecessary gun deaths. The problem is that a small group of vocal, influential people oppose ANY laws that dare to include the word "gun," no matter how common-sense they may seem, and how intact they leave our Second Amendment rights.
There was a man at the Pittsburgh March with an AR-15 slung across his shoulder. He was completely surrounded by law enforcement. There were officers standing on either side of him, politely chatting with him, and officers to his front and back. I'm not sure what his motives were. Maybe he was making a statement, or maybe he was just there to observe. Maybe he was afraid that someone would attack the large crowd, and thought he could provide protection with his weapon. I don't think anyone in the crowd felt safer because of his presence though.
Sharing our solutions! We got lots of questions about biometric trigger locks.