Am a resident of Ohio and rode through Dayton just a few days ago. With friends in Dayton, am often visiting therein.
As to our president, he is like a diamond in the rough. He has never said he was a politician, nor has he ever been known to show forth a state of perfect diplomacy. However, noting the extremes of our party politics, it is no wonder why there are more declared independents than the numbers of both Republicans and Democrats.
With that being said, gun-control laws are at an all time high and have not resolved our problems with gun violence. Owing to my age, am at an advantage of having seen how and why the problem is growing.
There was a time when mental-illness was a minor issue when viewed statistically. It later became more apparent as 1 in 10 had recognized issues. In the previous decade, mental-illness was recognized in 1 of 5 persons. Of late, these stats are now 1 in 4 people.
The problem has never been guns. The crux has always been keeping them out of the hands of people not having the mental capacity of self-control and lacking the moral persuasion towards proper use, safety, and respect.
Decades ago, such people were known as schizophrenic coupled with other delusions. Now the category is bi-polar, bouncing between mania and depression.
Crime is the outcome of an uncontrolled mental-illness.
As we closed the institutions and became reliant upon doctors and hospitals to care for the mentally ill, we found the system faulty when physicians refuse to disclose a patient's condition due to their hypocratic oath of non-disclosure and doctor/patient privacy.
Most often, the mental patient cannot be found by any amount of a background check.
Our only defense, as law-abiding citizens, is to carry a legally concealed handgun to protect one another.
Am retired and still a member of the F.O.P.A (Fraternal Order of Police Association). The problem is not with our constitution, nor with guns. The problem is with the people and an ever growing amount of mental illness.