I am attempting to write down my thoughts on the increasingly popular issue of gun control in America. I am generally disgusted by politics as a whole, as what I've seen of it generally devolves into a thinly-veiled name calling contest by representatives of either party. I don't want to be just another voice in that babble. I would like to logically evaluate the reasoning behind each party's claims and suggestions, and attempt to find a solution which is backed by simple logical deduction.
This is proving difficult. I am a Republican, so I understand the general reasoning of the Republicans (guns don't kill people, people kill people). It's the reasoning of the Democrats which I can't find, and would like to understand.
My friends are virtually all Republicans. If I try to ask them why the Democrats want to limit the guns rather than the people who have access to guns (which as best as I can tell is what they want), their answers usually follow the lines of: 'because they think the gun did it', or sometimes simply, 'because they're stupid.' This obviously does not help me.
It only makes sense that there is a logical reasoning behind the Democrats' desire to limit guns rather than the people. I can't believe, as my friends suggest, that they truly hold the gun responsible. If that was true, why would they ever arrest the shooter? There must be a reasoning behind their stance. I just can't seem to find it.
I went to the DNC to see what they had to say about it. Unfortunately, as is often the case with politics, what they had were their plans for what they wanted to do. Nowhere could I find why they wanted to do what they were listing, versus what the Republicans wanted to do.
I went to the GOP to see if they were any better. They at least opened with a short line about how they believed "Lawful gun ownership enables Americans to exercise their God-given right of self-defense," but, like the DNC, the majority of the section was about their plans. Nowhere could I find anything saying what I know they believe: that the person is responsible instead of the gun.
While this is of course a single issue, and I haven't researched others in this matter, I wouldn't be surprised if it is equally hard to find the official reasoning behind any goals of a party. That reasoning is what I would like to hear, and understand.
So that's my question: Where can I find the official reasoning behind a party's stance on a political issue? Preferably without having to read between the lines of them bashing the other side every five seconds.
NOTE: The "people kill people" philosophy I am using is only the most basic of reasonings on the Republican side. I am using it as an example. It is not meant to suggest that there are no other arguments, or that I know of no other arguments on the Republican side.