I used to respect wired as a credible source of information, that was until I read an article about controlling ammunition to reduce gun violence. The logical of controlling ammunition to reduce gun violence, is like saying we can stop drunk drivers by reducing the amount of gasoline on the market.
Once again lets just ignore the root cause of the majority of gun violence, and that is criminals and drugs. Law abiding citizens do not use gun in crimes, that is the reason why people who use guns during a crime are called criminals.
If the government truly wanted to do something about gun violence, fix the broken criminal justice system, stop the flow of drugs into the US and break up gangs. What do the majority of gun related deaths have in common? They are either drug of gang related.
Broken Justice System
Our criminal justice system does not reform people. Prisons are nothing more then a warehouse for the mentally ill. Someone would have to be mentally ill to inflict violence upon others.
In a republic, how much should citizens contribute back to society?
Is there an obligation to contribute?
What should society do about people who “refuse” to contribute?
Lets use 2 groups of people as examples:
1 – criminals.
2 – individuals who make a career out of welfare.*
* There is a difference in someone that uses welfare as a helping hand to get back on their feet, and someone who lives their entire life off the system. This is about people who expect society to provide for them, while returning nothing to very little back.
Society frowns upon criminals, probably because the criminal takes more from society then they contribute.
Historically, society has tolerated and somewhat frowned upon welfare. We know that members of society need a helping hand from time to time. There is no shame in needing help. The shame should come from being too lazy to help yourself.
Why are the people who are too lazy to provide for themselves not ashamed? Over the past few decades, any shame that was associated with welfare has all but disappeared. Why is that?
Why do people vocally complain about the money spent on criminals, but are less vocal with people on welfare?