Where Does It End: Gun Violence in America

Gun Violence in America

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Columbine. Virginia Tech. Aurora. Sandy Hook. Orlando Nightclub. San Bernardino. Las Vegas. Parkland.

When will it end?

The United States of America is the “Land of the Free” and “The Home of the Brave” –  and the highest number of mass shootings. We are not a war torn nation. We are not developing, and we are not under attack from surrounding nations. In terms of violence and deadly attacks, our biggest enemy is ourselves.

The U.S. has the greatest amount of civilian owned guns at 310 million. According to the National Institute of Justice, the second largest stockpile is in India, with 46 million.

Every time there is another mass shooting, there are two sides:

  • We need to do something as a nation to prevent this from happening again. Gun violence is an issue, and we need to take action.

  • Guns aren’t the problem. People are the problem. People need guns to protect themselves.

The Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution provides American people with the right to bear arms and keep weapons in their homes. It was written in a time when firearms were used for hunting, protection and emergency militia. The states had no organized military, and it was considered a civic duty to protect the country; however, in contemporary America guns have been turned into a statement, hobby and collectors item. While Wyoming uses firearms mostly for hunting and recreational activities, it doesn’t mean that gun culture is the same throughout the country. It is nothing less than ignorant to assume that the guns kept in households would be able to stand up to government tanks, nuclear weapons and technology.

America needs to take charge and regain control on firearms. So far in 2018, we have had 17 shootings – and nothing is changing. We as a nation have become so desensitized to violent attacks that when they happen, the same cycle continues. Something happens, the country is distraught, people argue over what needs to be done, we move on, we forget about it, then it happens again.

We have to break the cycle.We should not go another day hearing about another school shooting or another mass murder in a country that could have been prevented with stricter regulation of firearms. I hate knowing that hundreds of parents will never hear the front door open after school because their child was killed at a place that should have been safe. More guns are not the answer.

“It’s time for Congress to get off its ass and do something,” Congressman Chris Murphy said, “This epidemic of mass slaughter, this scourge of school shooting after school shooting, it only happens here not because of coincidence, not because of bad luck, but as a consequence of our inaction. We are responsible for a level of mass atrocity that happens in this country with zero parallel anywhere else.”