Who do you believe, Kavanaugh or Ford? Depends if you’re a Democrat or a Republican.

Mike_Pence,_Brett_Kavanaugh,_Mitch_McConnell,_and_Jon_KylEven in the post-Trump world of US politics not many things have garnered the level of attention and controversy that his confirmation process of Judge Brett Kavanaugh has brought.

Still it’s just another example of the stark political divisions that reside within the country today. Think about it, and whether you believe Judge Kavanaugh or Doctor Christine Blasey Ford can almost always be answered by one simple question, are you a Republican or a Democrat?

And if you think your side has the moral high ground, think again. Because I can guarantee you that if the roles were reversed and it was a Democratic nominee being contested by Republicans you would almost certainly feel the exact opposite of your current stance. All one needs to do is look back at the allegations surrounding former President Bill Clinton to see this.

Think about the situation objectively for a second. A Supreme Court nominee stands accused of sexually assaulting a woman 36 years ago while he was in high school. Currently only two people know what truly happened that day 36 years ago, Judge Kavanaugh and Dr. Ford.

If you claim to “know” otherwise you’re only fooling yourself. You choose to believe Judge Kavanaugh or Dr. Ford, and your belief is likely directly tied to your political views.

If the Senate confirms Judge Kavanaugh and he is guilty they just put a rapist on the Supreme Court. If they deny him the chance to serve on the Court and he didn’t do it, they just ruined an innocent man’s life. It’s an impossible decision to make if you aren’t being influenced by outside factors, which is why the issue is so starkly divided by political lines.

More importantly though, nothing being said in the Senate is going to change anyone’s mind. Republicans will believe Judge Kavanaugh and Democrats will believe Dr. Ford, and once again the political lines that divide this nation will be dug a little deeper.

Both sides need to step back and realize that the accusations around Judge Kavanaugh can never be proven or disproven, and that if they were on the other side of the aisle, they’d be believing the other person. Instead of focusing on the accusations we should be looking at his record on the issues that he will be addressing if he is nominated to the Court.

As a nation we need to start looking at the issues that matter in the country and start ignoring some of the political and media fluff that is designed to draw votes and money.

 

Gun Control: Long Overdue

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A few weeks ago, I provided a rational look at what will probably happen regarding gun control legislation in the United States. Now I’m going to provide a more in-depth look to what should happen, even if it won’t.

 
Full background checks should be federally mandated without exception. This means no exceptions for private sellers. Every firearm should be registered. Assault style weapons should be banned. Magazine capacities should be limited. Bump stocks should be banned. A strict limit of one gun per individual should be enforced. Ammunition sales should be regulated. Ammunition limits should be enacted. A violation of any of these should result in a felony conviction with a lengthy prison sentence.

Why should all this happen? Because gun control legislation works. Don’t believe me? The United States ranks 83rd in it’s per capita homicide rate, coming in at 4.9 homicides per 100,000 people. Just about every developed country has fewer homicides. And 69 percent of homicides in the United States were caused by a gun.

Four countries with some of the strictest gun control legislation it the world are, Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia and Japan. They rank 138th, 163rd, 157th, and 188th respectively in their per capita homicide rate. Japan’s homicides per 100,000 people sits at 0.3. That’s in a country where almost no one has a gun.

Putting that into perspective, if the United States had the homicide rate of Japan there would be 14,982 less homicides per year. That means over in just under 67 years, 1 million more people would be alive.

The argument that humans will just find another way to kill each other is nonsense. It’s been statistically proven false time and time again. Try and prove me wrong. Find me one developed country that passed significant gun control legislation and the murder rate didn’t drop.

The argument that the Second Amendment was created to ensure that every man could carry a gun is oversimplified. The Second Amendment was created so state militias wouldn’t be replaced by a Federal army. It seems to have worked well.

With the overwhelming statistical evidence to support the fact that the United States would be much safer with much stricter gun control laws you would think that passing significant legislation on gun control would be a no brainer. But it’s not.

In my previous article I mentioned the NRA having a significant influence on this. While that’s true there is something else even more significant at play here. The fact that 42 percent of American households have a gun in it.

People don’t want the government coming in and taking away something that they feel entitled to. It doesn’t matter if it will save a million lives. It doesn’t matter if it means kids can go to school without getting shot. America is addicted to its guns just as much as it is to its opioids, and withdrawal can be a bitch.

Common Sense Gun Laws: Where are they?

guns-36922_960_720Gun control is by the far most divisive issue in politics right now. After Parkland and more recently the shooter in Great Mills, the question remains are tighter gun control laws needed to help reduce the chance of these tragedies from happening in the future? And without a doubt the answer is a resounding yes.

Do we need a ban on all assault rifles? Maybe, but realistically that’s not going to happen in the United States without a repeal of the Second Amendment which isn’t going to happen. But what can happen and should happen is far simpler and should be a lot less partisan.

All firearms should be registered. We register our car without even thinking about it but when it comes to registering a device that’s sole purpose for being created was to kill things people freak out. I’m not saying that we take those guns away, or even limit how many you can own. But they need to be registered to an individual.

When the gun gets registered to an individual it makes it far easier to hold individuals responsible for shootings that occur by somebody that shouldn’t have had a gun. If an individual doesn’t do the right thing when they sell a firearm and that firearm is used in an illegal act, both individuals get held responsible.

Furthermore, if an individual gets charged with a crime, like domestic abuse, that would have precluded them from buying a gun in the first place, it can be taken away before anyone gets hurt.

Which leads straight to my second point, a background check should be conducted every time a gun is sold. No exemptions for gun shows. No exemptions for military. No exemptions for private sellers. No exemptions. If a gun gets sold a background check gets done. Every time a firearm is sold. And after that background check gets conducted the firearm can get registered to the new owner.  

It’s just common sense. You can make the background checks as tough as you want, but if you have loopholes as blatantly obvious as “if you buy a gun from a private seller or a gun show you don’t need a background check”, then you aren’t doing anything to prevent individuals who shouldn’t have a gun from getting a gun.

Universal background checks and registering firearms, these two things shouldn’t be partisan, they’re just common sense. Does the NRA hold that much power over politicians that common sense gun laws can’t get passed, or is there something else that I am missing?  

What do you think?