Should members of Congress be allowed to carry guns? | The Tylt
After Congressman Steve Scalise (R-LA) and four others were wounded during a shooting at a congressional baseball practice, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) has proposed legislation that would allow members of Congress to carry guns at all times. Brooks argues he and his fellow lawmakers "have absolutely no way to defend ourselves because of Washington, D.C.’s rather restrictive gun laws.” But gun control activists say adding more guns is insanity, and will just make the problem worse. What do you think?
Should members of Congress be allowed to carry guns?
Brooks said he wants to allow members of Congress to be permitted sidearms in places throughout Washington where average citizens typically cannot carry guns:
“I want congressmen to be treated as if they were law enforcement,” Brooks said, “given that we are high-profile targets for the bad guys, the lone wolves, the terrorists.”
For many, the shooting just affirmed the need for guns for self-defense, and proved that everyone should be armed.
But others say calling for more guns is madness. Research from the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research shows that in states with stricter gun laws and harsher punishments for illegal gun possession, gun-related homicides and suicides have diminished significantly.
"It is a simplistic theory to say all we, as a community, have to do to fight crime is Rambo up and arm every man, woman, and child. More bullets flying cannot reasonably be considered a solution."
If Mo Brooks and others don't recognize the myth of guns providing a magical force field against violence now, they never will. /2— Crutnacker (@Crutnacker) June 14, 2017