Parsons: America’s ‘Unregulated’ Gun Industry Bears Responsibility for the ‘Gun Violence’ Problem

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You pretty much know what you’re in for when you absorb the author’s laughable claim that “the gun industry is effectively unregulated” in the United States. She’s lucky we don’t send her a bill for cleaning the coffee off of our computer after reading that. She really should warn us next time.

A crucial component of any comprehensive plan to reduce gun violence in the United States is a focus on implementing robust regulation and oversight of the gun industry. Efforts to reduce gun violence that focus solely on the demand side of the problem ignore the role of the gun industry in manufacturing and distributing the guns that are the instruments of this violence.

Focusing solely on the individuals who use guns to commit acts of violence is not only ineffective, it’s also an approach that has contributed to overcriminalization and targeting of communities of color as part of a “tough on crime” approach to criminal justice. To truly address all aspects of the gun violence epidemic in this country, policymakers must focus on the role the gun industry plays in enabling and exacerbating this violence.

– Chelsea Parsons in Gun Industry Must Be Held Accountable for Gun Violence

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  1. avatar AlaanInFL says:

    The gun industry is heavily regulated. We need to overhaul the court system.

    1. avatar Anonymous says:

      Wouldn’t have a violence problem if people would bahave and stop committing crimes.

      1. avatar Debbie W. says:

        Perhaps we should limit Chelsea Parsons Assault Typing to 10 words and give it a 2 week waiting period? And just because she is a woman perhaps she should be subjected to the same scrutiny the Gun Control democRat Party applied to Black Slaves; no guns for you slaves, no complaining from you slaves so stfu and pick cotton….So for you Chelsea Parsons start scrubbing those dishes, etc.
        That’s right Chelsea Parsons let’s regulate you otherwise more stupidity will spit out your piehole like projectiles from a MP5.
        But never Chelsea Parsons we would ever dream of going democRat Gun Control Slave Master on you in any shape, matter or form. That’s because the Gun Control you and your ilk propose daily has its Roots in Racism and Genocide. What you and your ilk drag around every day like an overloaded dirty diaper is a Despicable Racist and Nazi Based Agenda. That’s quite obviously something far, far away and not the least bit considered in that sicko self-serving demoCrap filled head of yours.

        TRUMP/PENCE 2020.

        1. avatar paul says:

          And get me a sammich!

    2. avatar frank speak says:

      her concept of “regulated” is obviously vastly different from ours…..

      1. avatar Joel says:

        Hilariously, in the original article, not one commenter seemed to support her drivel. Typically, in source articles TTAG references, the left is much more prevalent and supportive of the author. There is usually a lot of back and forth between pro and anti gunners that can be very entertaining. Not in this case…..

    3. avatar Nonips says:

      Agree yes definitely these corrupt judges and prosecutors are the fault , Not the gun manufacturers or those that sell the guns,

  2. avatar Rokurota says:

    I wish the gun industry was unregulated. Same with gun stores and private sellers and buyers. Then again, she probably thinks kids selling lemonade need more regulation.

  3. avatar Dennis Sumner says:

    I think what you meant to say was “irresponsible breeding and lack of parenting”, right?

    1. avatar zerofoo says:

      Irresponsible breeding is the cause of most of the world’s problems.

      Fix that and you fix everything else.

      1. avatar CharlieKing1 says:

        ‘Fix that’…LOL! You made a double entendre! Yep, fix it in more ways than one!

  4. avatar Jim Bob says:

    “Focusing solely on the individuals who use guns to commit acts of violence is not only ineffective, it’s also an approach that has contributed to overcriminalization and targeting of communities of color as part of a “tough on crime” approach to criminal justice.”

    So… Focusing on violent criminals is overcriminalizing. The solution is to make otherwise law abiding people into criminals by instituting stricter gun laws?

    1. avatar Paul says:

      I fastened on that same sentence. How in HELL would anyone know if focusing on criminals works or not? We haven’t been focused on criminals for most of my lifetime. Maybe if we get cops to stop worrying about stupid drug laws, they’ll have more time to track down violent criminals? Maybe?

      1. avatar Old Guy in Montana says:

        Violent drug criminals…

        It appears that the back-alley manufacture, distribution and marketing of Schedule 1 and Schedule 2 drugs may lead to violence between rival “suppliers”, their “customers” plus adding in their “customers” desire to raise the $$, anyway they can, for that next “fix” or “hit” that their bodies / brains are screaming for.

        Completely legalizing all drugs with a “recreational” application is not the answer you are looking for Young SkyWalker…

    2. avatar Phil Wilson says:

      And given how poorly the laws are enforced and prosecuted, particularly in places like Chicago, they might want to take a shot at enforcing the laws before they conclude that the laws are ineffective. Preaching to the choir, I know.

  5. avatar MrMax says:

    “Focusing solely on the individuals who use guns to commit acts of violence is not only ineffective…” When you read this, besides the rest, you know the agenda is not to address the crime problem: it is to ban guns or at minimum, make it so hard to get one that few can afford it. I mean PLEASE! Let’s not blame the hapless individuals where the firearm just falls into their hands begging for evil to be perpetrated.

    If your agenda is to ban guns, just say so. Stop hiding behind a veneer that somehow doing so will reduce crime.

  6. avatar MarkPA says:

    Over-regulating an industry is counter-productive.

    America recognized it had an alcohol problem. It essentially prohibited the manufacture of alcohol, but didn’t touch home-brew/vinting. That approach made illegal manufacture entirely without regulation of any form.

    America recognized it had a drug problem. Rinse and repeat.

    Guns would be no different. Crank-up the regulation of FFLs and the consequence will be a ramping-up of clandestine manufacture and smuggling. If we couldn’t stop, even slow, the problems with alcohol or drugs we can’t expect a different result with guns.

    Beyond some modest point, government can only make the situation worse.

    1. avatar Jim Bob says:

      Especially these days with CNC machines and 3D printers…

    2. avatar TheUnspoken says:

      And it is already illegal for most of the people committing the crimes to have guns, and they are already getting them from “secondary” sources, certainly not though FFLs. Chicago doesn’t have an FFL problem causing their weekly bloodbath. But it’s racist to investigate the potential causes.

      It’s fine for democrat city business eg power for black people to kill each other. If anyone questions that, blame guns and the system (note: the Democrats own and run “the system” in the cities)

  7. avatar Old Guy in Montana says:

    “A crucial component of any comprehensive plan to reduce violence in the United States is a focus on implementing robust regulation and oversight of the Education and Entertainment industries.

    The lack of regulation in these two industries has contributed to stereotyping, overcriminalization and targeting of communities of color as part of a “tough on crime” approach to criminal justice. To truly address all aspects of the violence epidemic in this country, policymakers must focus on the role Education / Entertainment plays in enabling and exacerbating this violence.”

    FIFY – no need to thank me Ms. Parsons…

  8. avatar Prndll says:

    Guns in America are extremely regulated. The violence is from democrats pushing for while nearly all political leaders allowing for Communists using blind rage within the black race to destroy everything.

    Voting Republican might not fix it but voting Democrat absolutely won’t. Democrats bear more responsibility for this than anyone.

    If there is any reason to keep the black race disarmed and low in number, it is the events of 2020. It is BLM and Antifa. They need to wake up to the realization that the democrat party keeps them down. The racism is coming from the left. Black people just can’t seem to care understand that they are beggars to their own demise while trying to take everyone else with them.

  9. avatar TheUnspoken says:

    Black guy steals a gun or worse, uses it to commit a crime, pulls the trigger… Don’t want to focus on that, don’t want people going to jail for that! Let’s do some pre crime, those “white” gun dealers and manufacturers are the problem here!

    I don’t think charging people regardless of race is over criminalization when the crimes in question are theft, armed robbery, assault, and murder. Those shouldn’t get a pass or be swept under the rug.

  10. avatar Tom Edwards says:

    Idiot and Thugs are our gun problem. Besides more people are killed with blunt objects than guns. Hammers out do guns, Knives out do guns. If people want to kill somebody there is Million ways. There are as many gun in U.S. as people. Why are there not more deaths. Gun FRree Cities are another problem. That is whare Murders are. Chicago. Gun Free. Not one gun store in City. Most Deaths. Baltimore Maryland second most. GUN free City!, Atlanta Georgia. Gun Free City was 3rd most deaths. New Orleans Louesiana Gun Free City. 3or4th. in deaths, Potland Oregon right among the top! (All Democrat Cities so we need to outlaw Democrats)

    1. avatar Southern Cross says:

      And Mexico tops all of them combined.

  11. avatar Jeff says:

    Time to ban cars due to drunk driving.

    1. avatar Prndll says:

      California is banning cars, executive order signed yesterday.

      1. avatar Phil Wilson says:

        And on an even more ludicrous pretense than preventing drunk driving. But watch and see if there isn’t a carve-out for government officials and their rich cronies.

      2. avatar Southern Cross says:

        And have they invested in the public transport infrastructure to compensate? Probably not.

    2. avatar possum says:

      If they didn’t want you to drink and drive why are there drive thru windows,,,,,,,, I ride a bicycle for a reason.

  12. avatar No one of Consequence says:

    As of now, the only two comments under the article are calling her on the “unregulated” nonsense.

  13. avatar Serpent_Vision says:

    “Focusing solely on the individuals who use guns to commit acts of violence is not only ineffective” – Perhaps would be more effective if there were actual enforcement to go with the “focus”???

    1. avatar possum says:

      enforcement? Not knocking on blacks what so ever, they’ve got justification to a point. BLM was justified when it started, now it’s turning into a race war which is in no way good for Our country. Some faction has turned what BLM started out as and then was infiltrated by instigators and turned sinister. Whomever are behind this are evil, very evil ,this faction which controls people’s lives and country’s downfalls need to be eliminated.Not the cop In the street or the black man with an AR. In my mind, it takes money to pull this off, follow the money and one would find the solution to the turmoil in America, it’s definitely not guns, it’s manipulation with the power of money.

      1. avatar LifeSavor says:

        Possum,

        You speak truth. However, as far back as I can recall, BLM had a terrorist wing assassinating police.

      2. avatar Ad Astra says:

        If i recall blm was founded in the wake of trevon martin being “murdered” with no consequences. Its was founded on lie and still endorses a lie.

        1. avatar Phil Wilson says:

          It was founded by revolutionary Marxists. Martin never really mattered to them. Martin may matter to many, even most of their dupes, but always remember that the issue is never the issue.

  14. avatar possum says:

    The picture of the little girl in the heading, be she black, brown or white is why we as Americans ,one and all must come together. Do we want our country torn apart so that the laughter of our children is no longer heard on the school playground. We as a country must stand united. Prosecute the presumed guilty no matter who they are or what uniform they wear. Black, brown , red , or white , We our Americans and should be United. Stop the Violence.,. ,,,where’s Jimi Hendrix when u need him

    1. avatar Prndll says:

      In general, yes

      Prosecuting these officers is another matter. If that would fix this then fine. It won’t. The actual problem never gets attention that way. Those three officers were there for a reason. That reason was NOT racism.

    2. avatar PMinFl says:

      He’s dead.

  15. avatar LifeSavor says:

    Banning guns absolutely reduces violence. Just look at the city of London. No guns, no violent crime.

    Just in case: /SARC

    1. avatar possum says:

      My nephew a college professor is in London, before he was with the Sandinistas in Mexico. I think somehow these collages might not be on the up and up..

      1. avatar Mark N. says:

        Lat I checked, the Sandinista were in Nicaragua.

        1. avatar LarryinTX says:

          And that would be a 2-day walk, right?

  16. avatar Mainer_ExCop says:

    What the heck is “overcriminalization”?

    1. avatar possum says:

      I think overcrimilzation is when two girls running a lemonade stand get fined for not having a city permit

      1. avatar Phil Wilson says:

        Or they call the cops on a kid because they saw him with a toy gun in his own home over video conference.

  17. avatar JK_DFW says:

    Fascinating piece. What’s interesting to me is that you can replace the word gun (firearm) with “auto, soda, alcohol or opiods) and it’s the same article.

    Gun manufacturers produce a legal product designed to be used for legal purposes. The choice to use the gun for illegal purposes (as a note – murder, assault, etc. are illegal in every jurisdiction in the US) is not made by the manufacturer – but by people.

    I know of no lawful gun owner who wants weapons in the hands of criminals, someone with suicidal thoughts or the mentally ill. Note: replace gun with anything and it’s the same thing.

    In what instance has increased regulation of design/manufacturing had a positive impact on crime? Alcohol sales are regulated at distribution. Auto sales are basically unregulated.

    Do we have a violence problem in the US? Absolutely. Is it made worse by access to matches, gasoline, guns, knives and cars (all things with which people have taken lives)? 100%. However, it is irresponsible to suggest that these are causal. So, let’s maybe focus our energy around solving the actual problems of economic disparity, food security, educational access, family separation and illegal drugs – all of which seem more proximately causal than anything in this article.

    1. avatar PMinFl says:

      That is a very thoughtful answer. Thank you JK.

  18. avatar HOGRANCH says:

    CHELSEA sum liberal in your educational experience, pumped this trash in your do not think for myself mind, Anybody should have the mind set to self preservation, rite now home invasions are on the rise, car jackings riots all sorts of people wanting what you have an worked for, an they will take it! just give them a chance. Maybe your idea of peace an love will be shattered one day! Get a grip an take control of your life, the police in case you havent noticed, are not there for you any more, in fact they dont care if you live or die. they have been defunded shot murdered beaten, an now you want police protection!
    FILE THAT NEXT TO THE EASTER BUNNY!

  19. avatar NORDNEG says:

    It’s Whitey’s Fault:

    “””FREE KYLE”””

  20. avatar Kendahl says:

    Chelsea should try to buy a gun from an FFL. She would quickly discover how “unregulated” the firearms industry isn’t.

  21. avatar Ralph says:

    She’s the self-described the Vice President of Gun Violence Prevention at American Progress. In other words, she’s yet another radical leftwing screaming Karen.

    1. avatar Phil Wilson says:

      And a paid screaming Karen, at that.

  22. avatar Specialist38 says:

    Kind of like our “un-regulated” pharmaceutical industry.

    We need way more regulation on who gets drug treatment……for any ailment.

    Cant have people getting well when we dont want them to.

    1. avatar Ad Astra says:

      I just saw someone buy a 750 pill bottle of asprin! No on needs that kind of hi capacity bottle!!!! 😱

      1. avatar Specialist38 says:

        I’m ok with it if there’s at least a three day waiting period.

        5 day waiting period for PeptoBismol……….Just to see if the squirts are really a threat to your health.

  23. avatar MDH says:

    Misrepresenting CRIMINAL VIOLENCE as ‘gun violence’ is the real problem.

    Unless you are willing to call a problem by its name, its REAL name, there is no hope of actually identifying the problem, much less solving it.

    1. avatar PMinFl says:

      Yes, that’s correct.

  24. avatar Then the auto industry is liable for all the accidents! She’s a🖕Moron! says:

    The gun free zones have killed more people than lobotomy joe can count!

  25. avatar Debbie W. says:

    If you want to expose Chelsea Parson’s grade school tattletale mentality change the font in her dribble to Comic Sans.

    1. avatar dlj83544 says:

      …nooooooo! Not Comic Sans!! Please no!

      My eyes! My eyes!!!

  26. avatar Paul Lubeck says:

    Let’s go after car makers. They make a weapon that kills people. Or lets go after Democrats, they cause many deaths by holding black people in poverty Slaves!

    1. avatar Southern Cross says:

      Add to the list brewers, distillers, pharmaceutical companies, and certainly don’t forget tobacco companies.

  27. avatar The SGM says:

    The ‘Gun Industry’ is not the problem, ‘Congress” is the problem for they know not what they are talking about when they are influenced by the anti-gun lobby and their emotional and uneducated rants and proposals.
    I would suggest that all Congressmen be required to be briefed on the Gun Industry, current laws and how they are enforced, the 2nd Amendment and recommendations from the Gun Industry, Gun Dealers/Store Owners (FFL), and gun owners.

    1. avatar Old Guy in Montana says:

      Since when are Congress Critters driven by Law, Logic and Facts??

      Most of them are driven by their smugness and desire need for Power. The addiction to Power is never-ending…there’s always just that little bit more that will satiate that gnawing in their souls…at least for a short while…then the cycle begins anew.

      Sex, drugs and power over other people…Congress embodies this equation and independent businessmen like Harvey Weinstein cater to the rich and infamous enabling their many perversions….and they cold-bloodedly killed their prized pimp when he became a threat.

      Do you really think they give a rodent’s behind about us poor schmucks in the unwashed masses?

  28. avatar CharlieKing1 says:

    Just once, just once, I’d like for these so-called anti-gunners with a national platform just do a little research before they start mouthing off about the gun industry. It’s bad enough that we have anti-gun politicians who think magazines are expendable items once the rounds are exhausted or the barrel shroud is that ‘thingy that goes up on the shoulder’. Now we have this loud mouth editorialist thinking the nation’s most regulated industry needs regulation. Go and do a little research before you type Parsons! Incredible…

  29. avatar Bemused Berserker says:

    Parsons is an idiot. The Gun Industry is surpassed only be the Nuclear Industry in regulations.

  30. avatar Craig in IA says:

    “America’s ‘Unregulated’ Gun Industry Bears Responsibility for the ‘Gun Violence’ Problem”

    Two Words: BULL SHIT

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