This week, Attorney General Loretta Lynch lamented the state of the nation with respect to gun violence while addressing a crowd at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
“It is a sad fact now that no one is safe” from gun violence, said Lynch.
“We have seen violence strike at all segments of our community,” Lynch continued, referencing the recent church shooting in Charleston, the movie theater shooting in Tennessee and the terrorist attack on military recruiters in Chattanooga.
“This violence against all of us — regardless of what uniform any of us wear — has to end,” Lynch said.
She said that the Justice Department is actively looking at what’s causing the “uptick in violent crime,” noting that she has asked various attorney generals around the country to set up meetings to determine “specific causes” of violence in their areas because they could be “different in every location.”
While everyone can agree that we must work harder to reduce gun-related violence, the main causes of it are well known: drugs and gangs. Sure, we can throw out terrorism and homicidal individuals suffering with mental illness, but those only account for a small fraction of gun-related crime. The real culprits are drugs and gangs.
While this is obvious to most, the Justice Department needs to hold meetings at the taxpayer’s expense to try and figure it out. But Lynch and company won’t figure it out, or they will, they just won’t be honest about it. Instead, they’ll point the finger at the gun industry and once again make the argument that lax gun laws are the somehow compelling these gunmen (criminals, gangsters, drug dealers and sociopaths) to take innocent lives.
Violence is a human problem. It has nothing to do with hardware or policy. We can pass all the laws we want to ban implements of “mayhem”: knives, guns, hammers, baseball bats, bricks, cars, motorcycle, and any other object that is heavy enough to induce blunt-force trauma, but at the end of the day people will still kill other people. Ergo, society’s emphasis should be on fixing broken people. Not limiting the freedoms of the law-abiding.