Holes in America’s Chest: Guns and Gun Control

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Guns have been a problem that has plagued the Americans since the day that the first amendment was written. In 2010, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, 67% of all homicides in the U.S. were conducted using a firearm. And according to the FBI, in 2012, there were 8,855 total firearm-related homicides in the US, with 6,371 of those attributed to handguns. It would be rather simplistic to suggest they should ‘ban guns’. Not that I disagree with that notion, I fully encourage it, but lets look at the situation.

The main difference in looking at Guns here in the UK and in the USA is that the ownership of guns is within the constitution. The Second Amendment reads as follows:

“A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”

In context this is a fair amendment, and a right of the American people. But this can be de constructed. The first part reads a ‘well regulated militia’. In the USA, there are 112.6 Guns per 100 American Citizens. The United States has a population of around 318.9 million. If you do the maths, that’s a lot of guns. Would you think that the amount of guns in America equates to a well regulated militia? Lets not forget that this was written in a time where the country had recently declared independence on the British, was fighting a war with the British, oh and Native Americans who probably weren’t too happy with all the fighting to begin with, and the increasing expansion of the America due to immigrants. In the late 1700’s, the Second Amendment does make sense. In 2016 (the time I am writing this), well no. It doesn’t.

And regularly, you see people defend these laws. The most often used excuse is ‘I am unsafe, and I need protection’. Speaking common sense, because I know that I am just one angry guy on the Internet. Is not owning guns, and having people around you that own guns safe? Don’t you feel safe. Picture yourself walking unarmed in a street where everyone owns a gun. You know they all own guns. And behind you you hear a bang. Yes. Great protection.

Don’t insinuate that I am generalising ALL gun owners. I know that there are people who buy guns and would likely never even use them. Primarily for the psychology factor. I know they are used to defend families, hunt deer, apprehend criminals. I entirely get the need to defend yourself. Heck, some of them are antiques and collectibles. My point is that if Americans were properly following the bill of rights, then everyone would have drones, AK 47’s, nuclear weaponry, and the likes. The law isn’t even properly enforced! Guns are not needed. America is a civilised society. Isn’t it better to be safe with no guns for anyone, then give everyone guns?

I’m in favour of a country where I can walk around and know that everyone in my neighbourhood doesn’t have a tool to KILL me with. An oft used excuse by Americans that Guns don’t kill people, but people kill people. The insinuation is that a gun is a tool, and that only bad men and women use them for evil. First of all, having laws which allow the bad men and women to BUY guns (with a fairly lax background check) is a fundamental flaw.

Would getting rid of guns get rid of crime. No. Banning average Joe’s from getting guns will not get rid of crime. To say we had no gun crime here in the UK would be a total lie. But making guns less readily available has saved a LOT of lives. It also helps that we have an NHS to treat gun victims, making the death toll here lower still. Something our american friends do NOT have. Get shot? you gon die. All the money that would be spent on guns could do other stuff, like pay for an American Health Service…or educating people how to operate guns…or funding a well regulated militia…the army…the army have guns…might be wise to trust them with the guns…

In recent news, you may have heard about the Westminster Bridge attacks, which I have discussed on here, where some mad man hit those poor individuals with a car, and attacked them with knives. This is a prime example of what I am discussing. We still have crime in the UK, but without guns, that guy committed far less damage. That does not discredit the damage that this man did, but you see my point. The police had guns, and they took him out, because the police are trained gun users, and are not some random bystander who could, on a whim, go out and kill a bunch of people with a gun hhe bought from WALMART.

In conclusion, I do not think guns should be sold to the public in any circumstance. Trust people who are trained in using them. Limit the pain and violence. Stop the death and suffering.

 

 

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