A Solution to Gun Violence

A true solution to gun violence does NOT lie with regulating law-abiding citizens. It should be obvious – even to pea-brained politicians – that the causes of gun violence are criminals.

While it’s easy for the government to punish the innocent through legislation and feel as though they’re addressing the problem, increased legislation targeting law-abiding citizens will have absolutely no impact on crimes committed by criminals with guns.

“Why not?”, you may ask. It’s simple: criminals break the law so it’s impossible to enact a specific law that will stop criminals from perpetrating crimes. Laws that merely make it more difficult for someone to protect themselves or their families only work to benefit the criminal.

If I were a criminal, I know I’d target people who weren’t likely to, or couldn’t, fight back. It’s much safer for the criminal that way, and they don’t want to get hurt while committing crimes any more than the victim wants to get hurt during a crime. Doesn’t this make sense? So tell me: how does it make any sense to hand criminals MORE victims through legislation? It obviously doesn’t make sense, but it’s easier to feel as though you’re addressing the problem if you’re doing something – even if it’s the wrong thing.

There are two root causes of gun violence that need to be addressed, and are mainly ignored since addressing them is difficult. Those two issues are: 1. ILLEGAL guns, and 2. Criminals.

While screaming about “gun control,” it’s proponents seem to ignore a very real and true fact: that guns don’t, and have never, killed ANYONE. It’s the PERSON who does the killing. It’s the PERSON who made that choice and committed the act. The PERSON chose to put that gun in their hand and pull the trigger. The gun is simply an instrument.

And I can hear gun control proponents saying, “But guns make it easier to kill!” I freely admit that guns can make it more convenient to kill a larger number of victims. But truthfully, a criminal who wants to commit such an act will find a tool. Someone running around the mall with a samurai sword can kill just as many people before police arrive as can someone with a gun. Someone could drive a car through the mall and kill a bunch of people too. Or simply blow them up. There are many ways to accomplish such a thing, and it’s the person, not the instrument, who is responsible. We, as a society, need to remember that.

And let’s not forget that we accept other things into our lives that kill far more people than even illegal guns – legally prescribed medication, for example. On average, legally prescribed medicines kill over 100,000 people per year – second only to heart disease. But no one mentions that, and those deaths are accepted because medicines help millions of others. Well, not surprisingly, legally armed citizens, and the police, use guns to thwart or stop many thousands of crimes every year – crimes that could easily have ended in the victim’s death. Yet the media fails to mention that, too.

So what do we do about gun violence?

As previously mentioned, we need to focus on stopping illegal guns, and criminals who commit violent acts. Even though these are much harder than punishing the innocent, they’re the only things that will have a positive effect and help to reduce gun violence.

Stopping illegal guns is difficult, since there are varied sources for illegal guns. I suspect the main source of illegal guns used in most street crimes is theft from homes and businesses. If that’s true, then it may be wise to focus legislation on gun security, rather than gun control.

But even more important is to focus on criminals – the criminals who steal the guns, then use them to victimize the populace. The solution to this problem is more simple than it may seem on the surface. However, our legal system would need to be adapted to these solutions, and it may also be necessary to address housing a temporarily increased number of prisoners. However, by using these solutions, I firmly believe the number of criminals will ultimately decrease.

Here are the solutions I believe will help to drastically reduce violent crimes:

1) The punishment needs to EXCEED the crime. Prison could be a deterrent to crime if the price of getting caught – for even minor offenses – is much greater than the potential gain. I believe that any criminal convicted of any sort of assault should have a minimum 25 year sentence without parole. That may seem extreme, but that’s the only way to use incarceration as a deterrent.

2) No suspended sentences. If they do the crime, they do the time.

3) Have a nationalized death penalty for extreme cases.

4) Allow citizens to protect themselves and their families without fear of legal reprisal from criminals or their families. Someone who legally and correctly defends their life should NOT have to be subjected to any legal proceeding brought by the criminal or their family. If local law enforcement investigation finds the action justified, then the matter is dropped and everyone can happily accept that a criminal got what was due.

5) Consider implementing standards for gun storage in the home or business, to reduce the chances of criminals breaking in and acquiring guns.

6) Make a thorough background check necessary to purchase a gun. There’s no harm in having a permit system to purchase guns. This maintains the right to purchase, and may help weed out some people who have no business owning a firearm. It’s OK if this initial background check and getting the permit to purchase takes a little time. Chances are good that someone who wants a firearm in a hurry wants it for an illicit purpose.

7) Make tactical firearms training mandatory for anyone who wishes to carry a weapon. Make home defense training mandatory for anyone who wishes to have a firearm at home for defense. A system similar to getting a drivers license is reasonable. Get a permit to learn, take the training, then take a test to prove you can safely use the training. That may seem like an “infringement” of Second Amendment rights, but I believe it’s a necessary infringement since other people’s lives can be deeply affected by defensive actions a legally armed person may take. In addition, it’s foolish to have the gun without the training. It’s unsafe for everyone under those circumstances, and I find it reasonable to have some sort of minimum training standard that ensures proficiency and protects the safety of others.

Focusing on the things I’ve mentioned in this article can make a real difference in gun violence. More legislation to limit the actions of people who already follow the law is wasted time, energy, and money. Let’s spend our tax dollars wisely, and impress upon our sometimes misguided representatives the need to work on the real problems, rather than continuing to add more laws that only punish the innocent and have no affect on the guilty.

Daisy BB Guns – A Marketing Strategy That Became A Business

Daisy BB Guns — Doesn’t that name Daisy sound odd for a company that manufactures airsoft guns, airguns, ammo and other accessories? It makes a person wonder how the company got its name.

What Came Before The Name Daisy

Daisy Outdoor Products, the world’s oldest manufacturer of airguns, ammo and accessories, didn’t begin making guns and ammo until 1886. Neither was it named Daisy. This company was once known as Plymouth Iron Windmill Company, which manufactures windmills in Plymouth, Michigan. At that time, the windmill industry was starting to decline and the company needed to figure out new ways of attracting customers.

A New Invention Called Daisy

The answer that they were looking for came in 1886 when Clarence Hamilton, a Plymouth inventor, created a device that could fire a lead ball using compressed air. He brought his invention to the windmill company and asked Lewis Cass Hough, the president of the firm at that time, to give it a try. After firing his first shot, he was very impressed by the contraption. “Boy, that’s a Daisy!” He exclaimed. Since then, it got stuck with that name.

A Marketing Strategy That Took Over the Company

In order to attract more customers, the company gave away a Daisy BB gun to every farmer who purchased a windmill. Because this toy is a novelty item, it became a hit after some time. The demand for this toy prompted the company to make Daisy BB guns instead of windmills. On January 26, 1895, the company’s board of directors finally decided to change the name of the company to Daisy Manufacturing Company, Inc.

After Daisy BB Guns became a major part of a youth’s life. Even though the company was quite well-known, it had to fend off some competitors like Bulls Eye, Dewey, Hero, Dandy and Atlas. At present, these brands no longer exist because they disappeared as soon as they were introduced in the public. Daisy BB guns survived this competition, continuously improving on their products as time went by.

Although Daisy BB guns were very famous in 1939, they were slowly overshadowed by the newer models that have flooded the market. Now, most kids use Automatic Electric Guns made by Tokyo Marui, Classical Army, KJ Works and other popular brands. Even though these brands have dominated the market, Daisy BB guns continue to survive in the market by creating new products and keeping them within the reach of their young consumers. As a matter of fact, the prices of their BB guns are quite low. They also give their customers quite a package. Each gun comes with a lot of goodies like paper targets, ammunition and a pop-up target trap.

Overall, Daisy BB guns are quite good. At 400 FPS, the BB’s fired by this gun can go very far. The weight of Daisy BB guns resembles the real thing. And, the mag doesn’t fall out when the gun is hit in a vertical motion. Because of their low prices and fantastic quality, Daisy BB guns will stay in the market for a longer time. What was once a marketing strategy became a business that has lasted for more than one hundred years.

Owning a Gun Shop

Having your own gun shop is a distinctive business but both the federal government and state laws strictly regulate it for security reasons. But what’s good about this business is that it is highly profitable.

Any person, who has a passion for guns, collects guns or joins gun shows may be the perfect owner to a gun store because you should be knowledgeable about this business to run it well.

Before you put up your business, there are necessary requirements that you should submit and follow. You have to fill out a Federal registration and follow the rules for reporting sales to the letter. This should be followed very strictly as all those who obtain guns should be listed and must acquire licenses. Local laws and city rules must be obeyed and enforced, as well. Once these are all complied, you may start your business right away.

Even a small shop is profitable because aside from selling a wide array of guns and ammunition, you can also offer gun repair services and gun accessories. And the best thing about this is that you can put up your business just about anywhere.

When buying your stocks, you should contact some of the most reputable manufacturers. The more knowledgeable you are about the guns you sell and their availability, the more gun enthusiasts will frequent your store. Customers usually ask a lot of questions regarding guns and you should be able to satisfy their queries. Knowing how to answer your customers is very big factor.

The other great responsibility owners hold is that they should be very careful as to whom they will sell a gun to, as they want to do right by their customers. It is a standard operating procedure to see legal proof of the identity of the person who wants to purchase a firearm and in some states you can also ask the buyer to show either state or locally issued proof that the buyer is authorized to buy a firearm. Upon purchase, ask the buyer to show photo ID and fill out Form 4473 needed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Depending on what firearm you are going to buy, the dealer will tell you when to come back to finish processing your paperwork. Once the sale has been cleared, that is the only time that the firearm will be released to the buyer.

It is also very important to purchase a security system for your store – be cautious at all times. You are dealing with deadly weapons and your wariness is needed.