In the Wake of the Tragedy in Texas, Is it Time for America to End its’ Stagnance on Gun Control Legislation?

As most have heard by now, a mass shooting occurred in a Texas church early on Sunday morning. After the disaster in Las Vegas last month, many called for both sides to not politicize the issue. At this rate, however, we cannot afford to stand idly by while our fellow Americans are subject to a relatively dangerous (compared to other industrialized nations) climate throughout the States. I do not wish to appear hyperbolic, so let me start by saying that the chances of a given American being involved in a mass shooting are still incredibly small. However, American mass shootings and gun crimes are so much more common in America than they are anywhere else. We, as an American People, must finally have a real dialogue about our nation’s direction moving forward.

A common argument against gun control is that “People who buy guns legally aren’t the people we need to be worrying about”. This argument was blown out of the water when Stephen Paddock committed atrocities in Vegas with legally purchased guns. Even so, the most horrific gun crime in American history was only enough to get American legislators to consider a ban on bump stocks. If our legislation cannot change to accommodate our constantly morphing future, how can our nation hope to survive? Are we to put our trust in a governmental system that time in and time out has not seriously considered a remedy for our present situation?

I am all for the Rights of an American, but at a certain point, one privilege, a privilege which has been used for evil, is not worth the suffering of hundreds or thousands of American citizens. According to a study in the American Journal of Medicine, 3.6 Americans died from gun violence per every 100,000. This is alarmingly higher than the .1 citizen death per 100,000 citizens in the other 22 modernized countries (which include the U.K., Germany, France, Spain, Italy, et al.). The question now is how we manage this crisis while infringing on American rights as little as possible.

Any solution is sure to rub one group or another the wrong way, and I’m sure many Americans would be offended if they were faced with the prospect of their protection and security being taken from them, which I completely understand. However, gun reform in countries like Australia, where it has been wildly successful in curbing gun related deaths since its’ implementation, can be looked to for inspiration. I don’t think it unreasonable for individuals to be subject to a mental and criminal screening process, and a waiting period to ensure certainty that they want the responsibility of a gun in their home. A common argument goes as follows: How is it reasonable to subject women who want to get abortions to a waiting period, and in some cases psychiatric evaluation (however invasive or non-invasive that evaluation may be), when we don’t even subject buyers of deadly weapons to such extreme scrutiny.

I find many compelling arguments on both sides of this debate, and I do truly understand the sentiment behind the desire to keep guns attainable, but this is not a “the Government is coming to take your guns away” situation. It is a counter measure to help ensure that massive acts of violence occur as infrequently as possible.

 

SOURCES: American Journal of Medicine

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3 Responses to In the Wake of the Tragedy in Texas, Is it Time for America to End its’ Stagnance on Gun Control Legislation?

  1. jackbuck1 says:

    I completely agree with you. I think it is time for a progressive reform on guns. I think that it is long overdue and now with two terrible acts of violence that have happened in the past 3 months it is time to take this seriously. We a society need to be able to understand that this has got way out of hand. According to CBS Americans are more likely to be killed by guns then any other devolved country in the world and CBS is not alone NPR reported sommelier findings. This is a huge problem and when there are more guns in the USA then the rare people then we need to rethink what is going on. I like the point that you brought up about the fact that some people who commit the awful violent crimes did buy guns legally and used them for sure evil. At dome point we have to realize that owning a gun for protection just isn’t a good argument. we should live in a society where we do not need to have the safe guard. Maybe because gun are more accessible then it is just the case that there will be more gun violence and I do not understand why people do not see the correlation. We need to move forward on regulation of firearms and come to a compromise with people who follow the law. but the current law is not working as it stands right now and I do not know about you but I am tried of seeing this evil in our own back yard.

  2. ennausa says:

    I completely agree with you on this subject. It seems important to me to put something in place to control the purchase of weapons. The argument about one’s personal protection is not really valid in my opinion, because if no one has the right to buy weapons, this is no longer an issue. In other countries around the world, the purchase of weapons is prohibited and there are few deaths through firearms. The passage where you explain that people who commit crimes buy guns legally is outrageous. This shows that if the purchase of weapons was banned, there would probably be fewer shootings and deaths in the United States. Being able to buy weapons legally can be tempting for some people and one day they may decide to commit an horrible act. If this were forbidden, there would be no temptation to buy weapons. Of course, regulating the purchase of weapons will not necessarily solve 100% of the crime problem, but it could lead to a significant drop in the percentage. People who really want to get hold of it will always find a way, but that would surely make the country safer.

  3. jacobdsaaevdra says:

    Great Post. I think Americans focus a lot on the mass shootings that happen, for good reason, but tend to not look at the other gun violence that occurs such as suicide and gang violence in cities. When looking at the areas that do have high gun violence, such as Chicago, conservatives often point to the supposed ineffectiveness of the gun laws their. However, guns laws in Illinois prove mute because most of the guns that come into the state originate out of the state. Thus having guns laws on the books proves useless if the areas around it have light gun laws. Thus I think a step would be to standardize the gun laws across the country. America is a highly gun saturated country and this has a negative affect on how the police work in their communities and gives easier access to criminals to kill a great amount of people if they are so inclined. In the end it is important to look not only at the gun control but how mental health might be connected to this as well as how poverty might be related to some of the gun violence that happens in cities

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