The Problem in our Arms
In America, our country has had arms against each other since the rise of the second amendment. Gun ownership began with an intention to defend oneself, but with the innovation of new, more complex guns, it soon emerged into a threatening weapon of destruction. The frequent shootings across our nation serve as a constant reminder of our country’s urgent need for gun control.
America’s outrageous number of shootings is not normal; compared to other countries, we stand alone. In 2014, more than eight thousand people had been killed due to gunfire. With this abundance of tragic loss, hundreds of thousands of lives of families and friends have been shattered. Around twenty seven american casualties occur each day because of guns, while in China, being shot by a gun is as likely as dying in a plane crash. In America, the frequent possibility of death due to a gunshot is as likely as getting into a car crash.
Upon the creation of the “Right to Bear Arms”, nobody had sensed the threat that our country would soon be faced with. Nobody predicted that eventually forty-five percent of our nation’s households would own a firearm. A large group of gun owners use this outdated, irrational amendment as a form of justification. They claim they are protecting the rights of the American people, while they put the American people in danger of violence. What the gun enthusiasts of our nation do not realise is that people are not looking to confiscate their rights, they are looking for a solution to protect each other.
After the shooting in Las Vegas this week, many citizens have expressed disappointment in the law. Why is it easier to legally obtain a gun than a driver's license? Many have spoken out about the lack of gun control in the wake of these events. But on the other hand, many people have also chosen to turn a blind eye on the source of this appalling crisis. They frequently blame terrorism and mental instability, which don’t get me wrong, are big problems. However, the solution to these problems would be gun control.
A common argument that resurfaces in the event of a shooting, is that “bad people will find a way to kill, regardless of weapons”. Yes this can be true, but by giving everybody equal access to guns, despite their past criminal history, the law is practically handing over weapons, and assisting in the crime.
If one must blame something for these injustices, they should direct their blame at the law. According to The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, only thirteen states require background checks to be performed on every gun purchase. This shouldn’t be the case. Because America is the “Land of the Free”, people often forget that too much freedom can cause a potential risk.
Guns are no longer what they used to be; they have become a threat to our whole nation. When our community is struck by gun violence: we can help protect future crime, we can help advocate for smarter gun law, we can help make a change. We can work to bring awareness to our country’s problem. We can help victims of gun violence. What we can not do is search for excuses. Adding fire to an already burning flame, certainly won’t help America.