8 Disturbing Discoveries in Obama’s New Gun Control Plan
7. Only 1,000 Possible New School Counselors
Luckily, schools are able to determine what would make their schools safer — whether that is “school resource officers,” or school psychologists, counselors or social workers. If all schools are wise enough to choose the latter, the administration leaves this “help” poorly funded. Yup, the one part of the plan that is really key in stopping violence — more counselors that can deter bullying and offer therapy — is only receiving $150 million from the government, resulting in only 1,000 possible new school counselors. This is a joke considering there are more than 100,000 K-12 schools nationwide and thousands of universities. Meanwhile, they are spending $4 billion to keep 15,000 cops on the street.
8. The Only People We Need To Worry About Are the “Dangerous”
Last, but certainly not least, is the report’s disturbing insinuation that the only gun owners we need to be concerned about are those who are “dangerous.” After the report’s introduction, it opens with this: “Most gun owners buy their guns legally and use them safely … Yet too often, irresponsible and dangerous individuals have been able to easily get their hands on firearms. We must strengthen our efforts to keep guns from falling into the wrong hands.”
In fact, the report is so focused on “dangerous” folk, that the word appears in the 15-page report 11 times. Yet, this concept of ‘guns are okay as long as the right people have them’ is the center of the problem with gun control. There are people without mental health disease, who don’t play violent video games, but still cause violence with guns. Take, for example, the father who recently accidentally killed his 7-year-old son when his gun went off as he was getting in the car.
In addition, gun owners with no past mental illness history can just snap. Having the object readily available makes it easier for gun owners to cause violence. As Jason Whitlock wrote after Jovan Belcher, a Kansas City Chiefs linebacker, fatally shot his girlfriend and then himself: “Handguns do not enhance our safety. They exacerbate our flaws, tempt us to escalate arguments, and bait us into embracing confrontation rather than avoiding it.”
Therefore, the report reveals some disturbing, yet crucial information about how guns and gun laws are still viewed in the United States. Unfortunately, the country still doesn’t realize that guns — objects used solely to cause harm — will always cause harm, no matter who has them. That’s why the best parts of the plan are the actual weapon bans, such as the prohibition of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
But even more important than banning weapons is a focus on why people want guns in the first place. Perhaps when living in a society ingrained with power structures and struggles, weapons are a way to maintain power — and so nations and people cling to them. But if we lived in an equal and just world, I’m sure the desire for “protection” would cease to exist.