Forum, May 10: Lack of trust impedes progress on gun safety

Forum, May 10: Lack of trust impedes progress on gun safety

Lack of trust impedes progress on gun safety America is governed by a patchwork of laws about how people can buy and carry firearms. We know that a clear relationship exists between loose gun laws and the number of gun deaths in any given state. With about 400 million guns in private hands, our murder rate is vastly higher than that of any other rich country. The call for gun control is loud. As Gov. Kathy Hochul exclaimed after the recent Brooklyn subway shooting: “No more. No more mass shootings.” In addition to sympathizing with victims of gun violence, the public supports instituting background checks on all gun sales. Most recently, the Biden administration has updated the regulation of “ghost guns,” subjecting them to the same regulations as traditional firearms. I think these well-intentioned efforts are superficial. At a time when politics is often contemptuous in speech or behavior, we need to delve deeper into our gun-riddled culture. A number of factors are relevant to our gun obsession, one major one being the trust levels. Currently, citizens are showing their distrust of our institutions and health care experts, as well as their fears that government will take away their guns, through disruptions at school board meetings, for example. This mindset is reinforced through social media, such as Twitter and Facebook, which have weakened the “mortar of trust” by fragmenting the public into mutually hostile groups. Social psychologist Jonathan Haidt refers to this as “thought-policing on social media,” involving a […]

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