The gun debate is a cluster no matter what angle you look at it. Starting with the fact that there is no actual government-funded research on gun violence... as Vonetta explains in this episode of Nailed It!
One option that has come up in the last 15 years to resolve gun violence are smart guns -- but not everyone is a fan.
The NRA has taken strides to stifle the sale of smart guns in the United States. Even though a rational person would think this means the best of both worlds -- you get to have a gun AND your child can't hurt themselves or someone else if they get their grubby little paws on it. Win win, right? Except the NRA isn't really a fan of healthy compromise.
Good thing they don't have as much control over the government as they'd probably like everyone to believe.
I mean, 95% of their """""victory""""" fund has been spent on losing presidential/federal candidates.
Not only that, but they have some serious competition in the national gun debate with Bloomberg's Everytown. In comparison, they're pretty effective at what they do: they've defeated a number of bills, and have millions of members in their organization, etc.
But there’s a light on the horizon. We have an entire government agency designed specifically to handle gun violence! Thank God we have the ATF (TGWHATF?)! Right?
Too bad these guys have no real way of tracking gun sales between owners or even using evidence they glean to revoke a license. So they're pretty much ineffective, but it's the thought that counts? I mean, you get to wear those bad ass jackets with the big letters on them, so there’s that.
And big surprise! The NRA doesn't want a computerized gun registry anyway. In their eyes, this is would create a gun control snowball that would immediately (???) turn into a gun-repossession avalanche.
This gun control debate is such a controversial issue for a reason however. Female gun owners have been on the incline in recent years, for instance. The times are changing and some are just in it for the many gun-related hobbies there are, but many women also want guns to protect themselves -- from men.
People (but especially women) have the ability to fast track their gun registration if they have a restraining order. And owning a gun is certainly one way to level the playing field.
So it's not fair to say that guns don't offer protection at all -- but how can we protect ourselves from guns without getting rid of them? Tune into this two-part edition of Nailed It! To go in, keep going in, and come out the other side with a solution.