We can all rest easy. Glamour magazine has brought us opinions on gun control from 29-year-old pop star Kesha from the magazine’s October issue.
The mag says it asked “Hollywood activists, political legacies, and young women who know these issues better than anyone else to explain why this (presidential) race matters,” the implication being that such people are experts on the issues being debated.
“Unfortunately, growing up in America, it’s all too common to hear about people getting shot on an everyday basis,” Kesha said in the story. “We cannot ignore all of the mass shootings and lives lost due to the lack of gun control.
“People keep throwing their hands up in defeat about this issue, but that’s not an option anymore—we need change immediately.”
For someone who is supposed to be an expert on the issue, Kesha is strangely unaware of the fact that “mass shootings,” which are defined by law enforcement as shootings with more than three victims, account for a small percentage of the overall firearm homicides committed in the U.S. each year. If gang-related violence is removed from the number of incidents that qualify as “mass shootings,” that numbers dwindles further.
“I understand that the right to own a gun is a constitutional issue, but our first right as humans is to live. By not putting some sort of boundaries on gun ownership, the right to simply live is taken away from some people for no reason. Why does a hunter need an assault rifle? And if anyone can buy an assault rifle, why can’t we all buy rocket-propelled grenade launchers? Where is this line exactly?”
Of course, gun ownership is a Constitutional right, not a Constitutional issue.
And, as any gun owner knows, there are numerous restrictions on gun ownership in the United States.
Finally, there is, most certainly a line. In fact there are many lines in existence that limit and control citizens’ Second Amendment rights on both the federal and state levels. In fact, there is an entire government agency devoted to drawing these lines, and enforcing their adherence: the Bureau of Alcoho,l Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Not to mention the many pieces of legislation, like the National Firearms Act, which specify who can and cannot own things like a Rocket Propelled Grenade Launcher, or a shotgun with a 12-inch barrel.
“You can’t predict when someone’s anger or resentment will become so deep that they want to kill another person, but youcan monitor who has access to guns, and what kind of gun they have access to. I love how free our country is and believe that love and empathy can heal divisions, but if our politicians—regardless of political party—cannot do something to reduce the frequent mass shootings and daily violence, they are not doing their job,” Kesha said, again making a bold assertion and offering absolutely no ideas as to how gun control, or any action for that matter, will reduce the violence in American society.
The interview them moved on to Kesha’s thoughts about a Youtube supercut of Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama singing “Timber.”
Incidentally, statistics show that homicides with firearms are down nationally by 43 percent since 1991, and other firearm crimes are down by nearly 70 percent in the same time period, according to the NSS