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What Is The Republican Plan For Reducing Gun Homicides?

by Marvan Buren (Principles: Politics is a contact sport) - 1 year ago

Are there any other aspects to the Republican plan besides protecting the border, increasing deportations, and thoughts and prayers? Please let me know.

Democrats believe that gun homicides will be reduced by outlawing certain guns and establishing air-tight background checks to stop people who shouldn’t have a gun from legally acquiring one. The NRA believes that the answer is to arm every citizen so that they can defend themselves.  Those answers are well known.  The Republican plan, however, is harder to figure out because while Republicans may lean in the direction of the NRA, have never been quite as blatant in saying that “the ONLY thing which stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”

Republicans have certainly made an attempt to list the causes of gun homicides. Among the items on their list are mental illness, inadequate support for police, and criminal gangs smuggling weapons across the border.  So let’s look at how they are turning that diagnosis into a treatment plan.

Mental illness can be diagnosed but it takes money and commitment to do so.  In today’s political climate, requiring mental health testing for everyone looking to purchase a gun is unacceptable. However, increased funding could be provided for testing public school students. We could also provide funding for testing war veterans. Preventing mentally ill people in these two groups from acquiring guns could help reduce homicides – especially if follow-up treatment is provided to help cure them. However aside from some general increases in funding health care for veterans, Republicans have not proposed any legislation along these lines. Therefore, addressing mental health is not part of their plan.

Likewise, we see no indication that Republicans are planning to increase spending on law enforcement efforts. There are no pending bills to set up a national data base so that gun and ammunition sales can be tracked. There is also no indication that additional funding will be made available to police departments. Therefore, aiding law enforcement is also not part of their plan.

Thus, we are left with protecting the border with the added feature of increasing deportations. That is what I see as the Republican plan for reducing gun homicides. For homicides committed by American citizens with legally purchased weapons, their only plan is “thoughts and prayers.”  Or to put it a slightly different way, the Republican plan is mainly to think about how to protect their own families and to pray that their efforts will be successful.

     

Comments and Responses (6)

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By  Facebook Commenter - 1 year ago
The republicans will never have a plan for any gun control. They are ckntrolled themselves by the NRA. They are looking for ways to cut funding for everythung so they can give themselves tax cuts, so there is no money for mental health or anythjng else. The only solution is to get them out of control in D.C.
Discussion Leader's Response : This comment is interesting but not directly relevant. (It might be a good topic for a new discussion)
Discussion Leader's Explanation : You are correct that Republicans do not believe in "gun control" but they do have a plan for reducing gun homicides. Locking up criminals for longer periods of time and strengthening the borders to prevent guns and criminals from illegally crossing over counts as a plan to reduce gun violence. Most Americans, however, agree with you that this plan is woefully inadequate.
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By  Facebook Commenter - 1 year ago
I have always believed when the subject came up years ago about the AR15 subject came up that these gun,s are for our military only and should never be for general public,including myself! The average hunter in this country does not ever need this weapon!
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Discussion Leader's Explanation : It was pointed out on the Facebook page that AR15 guns have entertainment uses which do not involve either hunting or killing humans. The question for lawmakers is to determine if those uses outweigh the dangers of making these guns available to the general public. Most Americans agree that these weapons should be banned. However, the Republican Party's position is that banning the LEGAL sale of these weapons will not prevent them from falling into the hands of criminals. My personal view is that you are correct and AR15s should be banned. Hardened criminals will always be able to find weapons but mentally unstable loners will do a lot less damage if it isn't quite so easy to obtain WMDs.
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By  Facebook Commenter - 1 year ago
The quickest way to reduce gun violence is mandatory death sentence for those committing murder whether by gun or not. If we would put to death those willing to kill innocent people, those that may be thinking about committing a murder might just think twice about it. (TW)
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Discussion Leader's Explanation : I don't think this is part of the Republican Party platform so it's not completely applicable to this discussion. As to the value of this as public policy, I would argue that most mass shooters either a) don't expect to get caught by the police, or b) expect to be killed before they are arrested. It would also tie our court system up in knots as appeal after appeal would be dragged out for people claiming that they killed someone by accident or that they were mentally unstable at the time. Also, the accuracy of forensic evidence is overestimated. The evidence is only as good as the overworked underpaid people handling it. We will execute innocent people.
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By  Facebook Commenter - 1 year ago
We already have gun laws on the books use them (TM)
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Discussion Leader's Explanation : This, in a nutshell, is the Republican Party's PUBLIC position. However, behind the scenes, their position is something quite different. During the Obama administration, they refused to confirm several appointees to the bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms; government agency which oversees our national gun laws. They have also consistently cut the budget of this agency. If their position truly was that we should enforce the laws on the books, they would not be trying to sabotage to work of the ATF.
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By  Shlo mo - 1 year ago
I don't portend to know what any particular Republican representative might propose to reign in gun homicides in America. However, I think that all sides of the Gun Issue have a misinformed perspective and thus off the mark solution. The problem is similar to the security chaos regarding air travel in the United States. Instead of searching for the people who would cause damage or seek to terrorize innocents aboard airplanes, the TSA searches instead for the tools that *might* be utilized in such an act. Allowing the bad guys onto the plane is the problem; keeping the dangerous materials out of the bad guy's reach is the secondary problem. You need to be looking for the bomber, not the bomb. The bomb by itself is irrelevant without the bomber to detonate it, even by remote control. Similarly, though its nearly cliche, its nevertheless worth stating: Guns do not kill. Rather, people use guns to kill. In Israel there are guns everywhere, Yet, in Israel there is nary a gun accident...
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Discussion Leader's Explanation : The concept of "guns don't kill people - people kill people" is certainly a central tenet of the Republican Party public position on guns. Yet they resist passing laws to strengthen background checks which would make it more difficult for the wrong people to obtain guns. More to the point, it is also their philosophy that bad guys will find a way to get guns no matter what the law says. Therefore, the only solution is to allow everyone to have guns so that the "good guys" can fight back. If Republicans truly agreed with you that we need to focus on the shooter rather than the gun, they would be pushing for laws that would help law enforcement identify people who shouldn't have guns. Sadly, they are doing the opposite.
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By  Shlo mo - 1 year ago
...or even a terror attack by use of a gun (few and far between). This is because in Israel its less about weapons possession and more about the training - and constant retraining - and security clearance that comes along with the license to carry a gun . The focus should not be on the guns but rather on the people who have possession of the weapons.
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Discussion Leader's Explanation : Training, retraining, licensing and security clearance would certainly be a great plan for reducing gun homicides. Too bad neither of our political parties is currently promoting that plan.