First, to silence the gun policy critics, I present this argument. If we restrict gun control, the black market arms trade will increase. Tax dollars will not only be spent implementing new laws, but also in the criminal justice system as law enforcement will have to use extra resources to crack down on the crime associated with the illegal gun trade. There are millions of guns in circulation legally and illegally, and they are constantly being manufactured both inside and outside the U.S.  The violence will continue and gun trade will not decrease. This is America, where money can buy anything, legal or illegal. Our gun control laws are not perfect, but tweaking them is not the answer.

            Let’s say we make mental health care more available to those who cannot afford using government funds. In an era where many areas of government are being downsized, this is also going to cost taxpayers money. Psychiatric care is not cheap and we cannot afford to increase our government’s growing budget deficit at any level, whether it is Local, State, or Federal. Unfortunately, as a society we have proved time and time again that there will be people who exploit the system. Feigning mental illness to collect government benefits like Social Security Disability is a prevalent but overlooked problem, mostly because the perception of symptoms that patients describe to their counselor is almost entirely subjective. A patient can say that their mental health interferes with their daily life, but unless that patient is under constant surveillance a doctor cannot know if he is telling the truth. This also makes the system even more inefficient than it already is. Abusers of the system use up its resources, preventing people who are truly in need of help from receiving it. This problem will also be compounded by the inefficiencies of the bureaucracy that is our government. This is not a burden the taxpayers should have to face.

            The politically charged idea that the government can prevent the tragedy in Newtown from being repeated is a perfect example how the ideology of the American people has changed since times as recently as the 1960s. In John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address, he famously gave the American people something to think about. He said:


            “And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.”


            Once again, almost 42 years and 9 presidents later, Americans need to unite and tackle this problem together. Let’s not divide ourselves because of our political ideologies. The issue at hand is much bigger than the government. Changing gun laws, fixing the mental health system, and any other changes in legislation are nothing more than ideas on paper that would take an unbelievably long and drawn out process to implement. Democrats will waste time drawing up bills that Republicans will vehemently oppose without any desire to reach a middle ground. Let’s not leave this up to them. Let’s change things on our own, through a moral code we as a society can agree on, rather than a legal code that is bound to be broken.