Sunday, October 11, 2015

Gun Culture

This morning while watching the news, I was taken aback by the news of yet another school shooting at Northern Arizona University. One person was killed and many others injured with the shooter in custody. The news comes only a week after the tragic shooting at a college campus in Oregon killed ten people. Tragedies such as these have become so common that news have them have become is broadcasted nonchalantly. The event was summed up in the same amount of time it took to announce that Chicago is starting an annual Halloween Parade this year. How has gun violence become so common on our society? Chicago is perhaps one if the most violent cities in the United States when it comes to gun violence. This year alone (as of October 9th) 2,360 people have been victims of shootings in Chicago. Gun violence is reaching outrageous numbers, and it is time to change this. Since 2001, there have been 406,496 deaths by firearms on United States soil. Is it really justifiable to have minimal restrictions on gun laws if so many are killed every year?  No matter how extreme you see the issue of gun control, it is barbaric to believe that nothing should be changed. It is unconstitutional to ban guns all together, a right guaranteed to Americans in the 2nd amendment. However, the second amendment was made so that militia men could fight governmental suppression in Colonial America. Is this policy outdated? Is it fair to permit the right to bare arms if thousands of innocent people are being shot every year?

1 comment:

  1. I agree that there needs to be some sort of change needed to put restrictions on gun control in the US. The Second Amendment gives people the right to bear arms for defense against government suppression, not to hurt and kill innocent people.