As usual, it seemed to come out of nowhere. And, as usual it didn’t .
The murderer who took the lives of 17 people at a high school in parkland, fla., was on everybody’s radar, from the school authorities to the local police to the FBI, which failed to follow its own protocols when a future killer called to warn the bureau that he was contemplating a school massacre. Everybody knew, nobody did anything.
Many people bring up the idea of more gun control, however is this really the answer? Our nation has fought for our natural rights since its birth in 1776, “The right to bear arms shall not be infringed,”. Today guns help everyday farmers and even helps provide food for hunters. Reforming the second amendment would cause more harm and infringe on our natural rights, just like the British did in the 1700’s.
After the sandy hook shooting people became worried about how easily guns are being bought and sold now. Gun control has been tried in the past, in 1994 to 2004 when the Recreational Firearms act prohibited the manufacturing transfer of semiautomatic weapons, but that didn’t seem to stop the Columbine shooter of 1999.
Many people ask the question of “what can be done to prevent these gun deaths”, but is it really necessary? A study in Applied Economics Letters found that “assault weapons bans did not significantly affect murder rates at the state level” and “states with restrictions on the carrying of concealed weapons had higher gun-related murders.” While gun ownership doubled in the twentieth century, the murder rate decreased. Gun control wouldn’t decrease crime, it would decrease the amount of law abiding citizens to intervene in a mass shooting situation. According to the National Rifle Association (NRA), guns are used for self-defense 2.5 million times a year. The police cannot protect everyone all of the time. 61% of men and 56% of women surveyed by Pew Research said that stricter gun laws would “make it more difficult for people to protect their homes and families.”
Banning guns would have as much impact as banning drugs did. You still see many people, especially tennagers having easy accesse to drugs. Another solution that people jump to is banning military grade weapons. Military grade weapons or automatic weapons for that matter are illegal to the public. Most of these mass shootings happened because no one wanted to admit that the person committing this atrocity was not stable, the solution, accountability, and education, it is important for people to know the dangers and advantages of owning a gun, ignorance is the problem at play here and combating that is the best way to solve this problem.