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In the wake of the recent school shootings in america, many people want to outlaw guns. But, what is that REALLY going to do? At the hearings held in Connecticut many people were saying,
“I lost somebody to gun violence.”
Well, my grandfather was murdered, he was stabbed. Should we outlaw knives?
Somebody gets strangled to death. Oh! now its time to outlaw hands!
My uncle hung himself, suicide takes approximately 4,600 teen lives each year with 40% of those being a result from suffocation (CDC). Do we outlaw rope? Should we outlaw our selves because we are capable of murder?
How about the fact they are not blaming Adam Lanza, the man who took 26 innocent lives in a public school in Sandy Hook, Connecticut, rather they are blaming his “mental disability”. Does this mean i should fear anybody with autism? Fear people who have diseases that are not totally understood by scientists? Fear people who are different than me?
I went to school with people who have been diagnosed with diseases on the Autism spectrum, Downs syndrome, and the many other diseases that effect mental and physical growth. And those are just the diseases that another individual can clearly pick out of a crowd.
How about all the people i went to school with who suffered from diseases that only they could see, the ones that mostly only effected the brain? Depression, Bipolar Disease, and Anxiety disorders just to name a few. These are all mood and personality disorders that effect about 1 in four adults in America (NIMH)
So for every fourth person i see on the streets, I should start running the other way? Should I assume they are going to have a gun and be on the verge of a full on blood bath? Next time you see a child with Downs Syndrome excelling in school and smiling, be afraid. Be very afraid.
You have most likely drank water that, at some point, another person has. That person could have been a serial killer. Better stop drinking water, too.
The point is, as of right now its illegal to kill people, yet it happens. Its illegal to rob a bank, yet it happens. Its illegal to rape another human, yet it happens. And for you people who only have a heart for animals, its illegal in most states to have sex with animals, yet it happens. Its punishable by law if you neglect a pet, yet it happens.
So, what would outlawing guns really do? It would take it out of the hands of the vast majority of people. but the vast majority of people are not going to wake up in the morning and say, “Hey, today seems like a good day to kill somebody.”
But, think about EVERY time something is outlawed in America. in the 1920’s alcohol was outlawed. In response, Americans decided to make illegal bars called speakeasies to serve their illegal bootlegged booze. Some drugs are completely outlawed, even for medical use. Yet, in 2011 there was an estimated 22.5 million estimated illicit drug users aged 12 or older. (samhsa.gov)
Clearly, if we want something bad enough, we will get it. So outlawing guns will just cause the US to have a larger population living in the caged heart of the American justice system.
Now on a slightly less extreme side, some people want to make guns unavailable to those suffering mental illnesses. but like stated before, 1 in 4 people will be denied guns because they are mentally ill.
But, Adam Lanza did not buy the guns he used to shoot those innocent faces, his mother did. His mother who he also shot and killed. So, if somebody who wants to say that the mentally ill should not have guns, they will also have to say the relatives of mentally ill people can not have guns.
So what might this make for? A bunch of very pissed off people. But why is America the only country to have such issues with guns? In Australia, there is an estimated 3.5 million guns held by citizens. In 2010 there was only 236 deaths as a result from guns. However in american, where there is about 270 million guns in the hands of citizens, there is a total of 32,163 deaths caused by guns in 2010. (gunpolicy)
So why it is that a country with a fair amount of guns not have the same love to hear guns go off as Americans? Perhaps what america needs is to accept the fact we don’t know everything and our policies wont always work. Maybe the home of the free needs to be a little more brave and learn from other countries who don’t have 32,000 people dead from gun violence.
In conclusion, I’m not being insensitive to the pain and sorrow Newtown, Connecticut is going through. I understand how difficult it is. I feel the pain and fear and anger that has come from this tragedy. I’m also not trying to be un-American. But banning guns will only lead to more problems. Banning mentally ill/the family of mentally ill people is just as unfair as racial profiling. America realized the systems and regulations in place aren’t working, but is becoming a nation of extreme overreactions really what we need to be known for?
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