Here in America, we take pride in owning guns. We enjoy the protection we feel, knowing we can protect ourselves in a time of need.
On average, 88 out of 100 people own guns here in the United States. Although some might find that comforting, with recent events, many feel afraid.
In 2019 there have been 21+ mass shootings, leaving 130+ dead and 65+ wounded. On average, there has been at least one shooting per day. Recent studies show that 114,994 people are killed yearly due to guns, whether its a mass shooting or even suicide.
Currently, in America, we’re divided about whether or not we need gun control. Some even believe that guns should be banned. In reality, what is that going to do?
In America, eighteen year old’s are capable of purchasing shotguns, rifles, and ammunition. All other guns, including handguns, require you to be at least 21.
Imagine we get rid of guns. Do you really think that’s going to end all violence?
The answer is no. There have been plenty of mass stabbings here in America. Also, with advanced technology, it’s easy for people to create weapons such as bombs.
Although I do agree that we need to have better background checks to obtain a gun, I don’t think that’s our main problem. Many people are quick to blame the gun, but in reality, we’re the problem. The gun is unable to load itself and take action, it’s all at our fingertip.
We’re trying so hard to make guns harder to have, but we’re not focusing on the true problem. We need to be there for one another during these tough times. Most shooters have had underlying mental health problems that caused them to snap.
It’s a lot easier to blame others than to take responsibility. We blame a gun because we don’t want to ruin our pride. However, there comes a time where our only option is to take blame, so we can focus on change.
Getting rid of guns in general, would be dangerous. We use them for protection and they’ve helped many in times of need. However, those who suffer from a mental illness shouldn’t have the right to a gun.
I don’t say this to shame people with illnesses. I suffer from many mental illnesses myself, which is why I refuse to own a gun. Mental illnesses are very serious and at times, can be unpredictable. At any given moment, we can snap and become a danger to others and ourselves.
I know we’re trying to protect our younger generations from the evil that lingers in this world, but the truth is, there’s no escaping it. It’s best to address the issues and prepare them for the worst.
There’s no telling if this world will always be this dangerous. Maybe if we try, we can brighten it up and change it for the better. To do that, we have to take control of our problems and admit that we’re in the wrong.
Human nature is flawed. A change in gun laws will not in and of itself change our nature.
Reach out to your loved ones. Check up on those who may need it the most. You never know what someone is going through. You never know how close to giving up or snapping they may be. You could prevent something bad from occurring.
Sit with the quiet kid at school. Use your voice to spread positivity. Stand up to the bullies. Help those in need. We have so many platforms to use our voices and we all take it for granted.
Next time you see someone with an armed gun, remember that it’s not the gun that’ll hurt you. It’s the person and their mental stability that truly pulls the trigger.