Gun Violence

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History

China invented the gunpowder around the 9th century, which was followed by the invention of firearms. These devices were passed on to the Middle East, Europe and the rest of the world.

A gun is a weapon that consists of a metal tube from which bullets are discharged out by force, and this force can injure or even kill somebody.

A gun is not a toy, and it can change the life of the victim or his family if and when they are exposed to.

Social Disease?

Public health experts have named gun violence as a “Social Disease”. This disease is like a virus and is spreading its wings fast. No age group or sex is being spared. Many have become victims of mindless owners of this weapon.

This is a serious weapon and strict regulations should be enforced for anybody possessing this gun. Surprisingly, that is not the case. In the coming years, many incidents have sparked where the ownership of the weapon is being questioned.

Civilians in the United States currently own 300 million firearms, which is the highest concentration in the world.

“Guns are not the problem. The species is the problem.”
Forrest Carr, A Journal of the Crazy Year

"We need to take a harder look at what’s really going on. Stop trying to treat the symptoms and treat the cause of the problem. Maybe we should try a little harder to help these kids before they feel so cornered that they turn into monsters.”
Aaron B. Powell, Guns

There are hundreds of millions of gun owners in this country, and not one of them will have an accident today. The only misuse of guns comes in environments where there are drugs, alcohol, bad parents, and undisciplined children. Period.
Ted Nugent

Why do people own guns?

A survey was conducted. Some of the weapon owners regarded:

  • Gun ownership as being Cool
  • Some possess it since; they have a passion for hunting
  • Some regard it as a Family Legacy.
  • Gun ownership is for Social reasons such as cowboy action shooting or other activities
  • Possessing a gun for Self Defense
  • Purchasing a gun as an investment, since they never decline in value
  • Some owners have an interest in the Mechanics of Firearms
  • Few people have a historical interest such as old Kentucky rifle and try to acquire a similar weapon
  • Some give significance to their families who served in the military by owning such a weapon that was used during wartime.

How to control the gun ownership?

Gun control should become the responsibility of the Government to monitor since; this disease is spreading like fire. Unfortunately, there is no vaccine to prevent it.

The ongoing gun culture was founded on the mass extermination of Native Americans and the slavery of African Americans. Guns were used to slaughter each other down. Since then Guns are embedded in our American culture.

Why should the Government take action?

The United States has an appalling history of racism that has produced some hate groups. These citizens are deluded, paranoid and cannot manage the ownership of such deadly weapon.

There is poverty and inequality present around. Could blame it on Inflation and the economy.

There are about 58 million Americans with significant mental problems and with a rise in the costs of health insurances and a decline in mental hospitals, these people are out there armed and dangerous.

Our Arms industry is profiting over humanity by selling weapons to billions each year. These billions include many who are sick of the mind. Thus, putting our innocent public in danger.

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As John F. Kennedy said, "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."

Let us unite under that stance and terminate this bug from the face of our nation. The government should join hands with the common man and help fight this disease before it extincts us all.

There are some steps that we should take for Gun Control.

We should Voice our opinions over:

  • Tightening the gun laws--A periodic background check of citizens who possess a gun. They are required to summon in the "Gun Control Room" for a thorough checkup, and that includes mental as well. Their background should also be checked for any instances that went unmarked.
  • Restore mental health system for people who need help. Make sure they are in the adequate facilities to get the desired help.
  • Have a quota for the sales of legal weapons for each year. That will help the government to keep control and tab on the number sold and will assist them in monitoring them on a six monthly basis.
  • Although this has been observed to date...Continue to reduce the public access to guns

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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

All viable suggestions! This nation is in love with guns, and we pay the price for it in violence. Meanwhile, just to our north, Canada has few of our problems or violence. Your last point is crucial: we need to find ways to take care of the mentally ill so that their cry for help is heard.

Well done my friend.


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Mr. Happy 3 years ago from Toronto, Canada

Mr. Billy, we do have problems with gun violence here too: your guns may I add - well, not yours as in "yours" but American manufactured guns nonetheless, which are not regulated and controlled properly and end-up in the hands of those who are not responsible.

The pressures of society are too much to bear for many people. In the United States, people grab guns and go berserk killing other people. In India, farmers are simply committing suicide - life is just not worth living in the existing conditions. In Afghanistan, people turn themselves into walking bombs ...

In our selfish run-around for profit, we forgot all about health, morality and values: many of us are just lost creatures looking for meaning in all the wrong corners of this three dimensional perspective. As one arranges their bed, that is how they will sleep.

Thank You for raising awareness on this issue Mrs. Ruchira.

All the best to everyone!


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lrc7815 3 years ago from Central Virginia

A great hub with good ideas. I think we all need to remember that for centuries, every home had a gun. They were used to hunt, to provide food, and for protection. They were not used as weapons of mass destruction. So what happened? Is it the chemicals in our food, environmental exposures, lack of parenting, too much pressure on kids today, lack of accountability? More questions than answers but we have to find answers. Offered with a very sad heart. I applaud you for writing this one. I can barely make a sentence today.


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marcoujor 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

14 years ago a deranged nurse shot me six times and killed a friend before my eyes...he mail ordered the antique gun used in the crime with no problem whatsoever.

As I see these sweet and innocent, no more, children...I remember and I pray for their peaceful healing. I am bereft at the continued violence we display against each other.

This article is meaningful and gives some hope at a time when there is little to hang onto. Voted UP and UAI. Hugs, Maria


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Ruchira. I too, find it appalling that so little is done to move toward stricter, more proactive means to face the issues in terms of the ever-growing number of mentally ill individuals.

We should never ever have to be concerned or know the fear of the possibility of weapons in their hands....Thank you for this powerful piece....UP+++


Larry Wall 3 years ago

Ruchria:

I agree with you regarding the regulation of guns. Because of the tragedy that took place today (Dec. 14, 2012) the pro-gun forces will probably keep quiet, at least for a while.

I have no problem with responsible hunters, people who think they need a gun for self-defense and people who like target shooting. I think guns should be registered by the owners and like when a car is sold that registration should be transferred. I think people who buy guns should be required to take gun safety courses and if a gun is going to be on display, it should have a trigger lock or the firing mechanism altered so it cannot be fired. I want to see an end to the sell of automatic weapons on the internet and to the general public.

I agree that the bad guys will probably get those weapons, but they will always find a target, even if it is a group of children.


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teaches12345 3 years ago

Friday's event has our nation crippled. We are all baffled by the violence and taking of innocent lives, especially the sweet children. I believe gun control must be tightened, mental health issues must be addressed seriously and violent video games and movies must be looked at for the effect on our youth. Voted way up!


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

I agree. What I believe should happen is the extreme tightening of the sales of weapons, and testing to ensure that those who use them are capable, physically and psychologically, to use them for appropriate reasons like self-defence or at a gun range for sporting purposes. Allowing someone who is not fit to use a gun is out of the question. Thanks for sharing.


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rcrumple 3 years ago from Kentucky

Ruchira - I grieve as many do today over the tragedy that took place. I agree with much of what you say, yet, have to wonder why even the countries with gun bans and such have events such as these occur.

Was it last year or the year before that the insane shooter visited a European camp island and killed all those young people? He still smiled about it in court as his life sentence was read.

I think it more society's fault, as most clamor to find blame elsewhere. We've constantly believed the validations provided us by psychologists and such as to why a person commits such an act. Those with questionable mental capabilities hear these validations and say, "Gee, that's just like me." It's almost as though society says, "As long as you have a valid reason...." It's used by them to blur wrongs from right!!!

We have got to go back to the "Right and Wrong" teachings of the past. Some will scoff at that and say, "Catch up with the changing times." Yet, when a person has a firm understanding of right and wrong, a better decision can be made, instead of juggling validations. Society has got to the point of forgetting too quickly and allowing these acts to go without punishment.

A person has to be crazy to kill innocent children, but to give them a way out of punishment is a joke. The Aurora shooter has been identified as such, yet, he still sits in a cell looking for his lawyers and doctors to get him off with an insanity plea. I'm sorry, but I have no mercy for those who kill in this manner.

Ted Bundy killed with clubs and knives, Jim Jones with Kool-Aid, the 911 Terrorists killed thousands with jet planes ... it's not a gun control topic. It's a man killing man topic and society needs to own up to itself being at fault.

As we've reduced the importance of family units, allowed technology to teach our youth, and said "okay" to political correct activists controlling our ability to display our faiths, we haven't advanced as a society, but regressed. I simply can't see guns as being the culprit. They're no different than the knives, clubs, jet planes, or Kool Aid of the past, they're simply the tools of a society created mad man! Just my two cents. Thought provoking hub!


Greyaxe 3 years ago

There are no good ideas in this article. I deplore the actions taken by an obviously disturbed young man, but trying to blame the tools he used, is not the right answer. In China a man killed 22 children using a knife. There are over 20,000 gun laws on the books now, another law or even a ban will not prevent those so inclined from obtaining firearms.


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Louisa Rogers 3 years ago from Eureka, California and Guanajuato, Mexico

Ruchira, With so many guns out there in the hands of people already, I feel immobilized. I don't know what we should do. Yes, of course, enact laws that limit gun ownership, if we can get that to happen, which frankly I doubt. That would help over the long haul. The camp who wants the "freedom" (sic) of gun ownership is so insistent, and access to guns so enmeshed with so many other issues, the ones you named in your hub, that I feel very hopeless. I don't think we have strong enough congressional leaders to really make change. Thank you for an important hub.


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MelChi 3 years ago from Cape Town, South Africa

Rucira, this is a great article at raising awareness toward gun safety...I learnt so much from reading this article. I think tighter controls over guns is a good idea. It's a start. However, realistically speaking I think we need to realize that this might not solve all the violence. There are some sick people out there. If they can't get their hands on guns, who's to say they won't use something else? It's horrific to think of, but it's a reality world we're living in unfortunately. Especially given the circumstances of the school killing in China :( A very important message you've shared here.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

Ruchira, I do not know the solution for stopping these shootings, but i believe a tighter gun control is imminent, surely even the NRA would agree. Some take ' the right to bear arms ' too far. We must provide more institutions for the mentally ill also. Thank you. Great topic..


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justateacher 3 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

I agree with rcrumple - this is not a gun issue - yes a gun was used in this instance - but I have a feeling he would have made this happen without a gun, as well. This man was mentally unstable - we don't know the entire story as of yet (Dec 15 2012 10:00pm) but we do know that only someone that was completely unstable could have done this. I don't know if he had been diagnosed with a mental disability - if he had been, where was his treatment? Was it too expensive or too hard to attain? Was he not being treated simply because he didn't want to be?

We have to start retraining our children about respect as well. Young people have no respect for anyone or anything and they have been taught by there parents that they are the only important thing in the world. But I could go on and on about this...I do like the info you have shared, I just don't agree that it is the answer...


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ishwaryaa22 3 years ago from Chennai, India

A thought-provoking hub filled with valid points and wise suggestions! Gun violence should be completely ended and it is up to both the government and society to take immediate action and tighten the gun laws. Way to go!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up & shared on Facebook


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ishwaryaa22 3 years ago from Chennai, India

A thought-provoking hub filled with valid points and wise suggestions! Gun violence should be completely ended and it is up to both the government and society to take immediate action and tighten the gun laws. Way to go!

Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up & shared on Facebook


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CloudExplorer 3 years ago from New York City

People need to wake up worldwide, the ban on graphic images violence itself being sold through Hollywood, video game, music, anything visually based on the Internet, and on television will also have to be banned, auditory as well, because why is it OK for our children and even us to go to a movie theater to watch such violence, and then when we see it in real live action its not alright.

Think about the message we are sending to our children across the entire globe, even cartoons are violent and have subliminal kill messages written all across them. Our overall commercialized societal ways as a globe need to change. The way we focus on wars against one another today needs to change, and the list goes on and on and on.

I agree that having a gun, or owning a gun isn't the way to solve anything, but I do believe there so many other reasons behind why such massacre's due indeed occur, and it starts with parenting but also with how our society allows certain things to be pushed onto the people of this world.

So you're right Ruchira, but the fault placing as RCrumple stated here will also need to be placed on a great deal more factors that has summoned this sort of reality to light.

Also think about the fact that people will find other ways to do this sort of thing if their brains have been programmed for destructive purposes and trained to think like a killer.

Nicely well written hub, thumbs up!


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Vellur 3 years ago from Dubai

Great hub, important points and views to think of. So many precious lives lost because of guns.


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

I'm not a fan of guns. I don't like them. I don't own them. I do believe that guns don't kill people, people kill people.

I do like your hub!


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Very valid points raised here Ruchira! It is about time the government stepped in to control gun sales which should be extremely restricted. Moreover no mercy should be shown to those who commit senseless acts of violence, no matter what their plea is. There cannot be any justification for someone to go all out shooting innocents. They have to be dealt with ruthlessly and fast.

This is a very serious issue that is growing worldwide now and should to be addressed soon. nice to see your hub raise this point.

Voted up and useful.


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Guns really scares me to the nerves..whether its a toy or unloaded. Thought-provoking hub. one the major and serious issue the world is facing.


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Vinaya Ghimire 3 years ago from Nepal

I have seen enough deaths during the decade long conflict. Thanks to our government, civilians are not allowed to keep firearms.

Lets make our world better place in 2013.

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year


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Debby Bruck 3 years ago

Dear Ruchira - A hot topic of our day. We will hear many postures and positions concerning the possession of guns. If all guns were no more, it would relieve us all of one more violent act. Blessings, Debby


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Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

A very great hub and a touchy topic here in the States... great share..Just want to wish you and your family a very Happy New Year!!!!


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

Look at the drug lords taking over CA now along with the gang members to make them even stronger. Is the government coming out even knowing this to wipe out this mess? No. We must protect ourselves. Our government is probably even the way these people got their guns in Fast and Furious! So if the bad guy has guns, and we know they are nuts and we don't and they know it, then guess how this story goes down. Our borders are open to drug lords and terrorist, and prisons over-running... who is going to protect us? The ones who let them in and gave them guns?


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Ruchira 3 years ago from United States Author

Thank you all for your overwhelming stories with regards to violence against Guns.

Guns are not evil. It is man who uses it to kill/injure someone. No man has a right to do that.

I wish you all peace, happiness and prosperity in this new year.

Thank you Bill, Mr. Happy, Linda, Maria, Paula, Larry, Dianna, Michelle, Rich, Greyaxe, Louisa, Melanie, Ruby, Justateacher, Ishwaryaa, Cloudexplorer, Nithya, Linda, Rajan, Princess@pen, Vinaya, Debby, Frank, Jackie.

Happy New Year to you too, Vinaya and Frank :) Wishing you both the best!

Greyaxe, I agree this hub has nothing new to add. But unfortunately, even this piece of news about guns and their regulations is not followed well by the citizens of many countries. Peace!


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

I only added a truthful differing opinion I think many of us feel but I certainly see nothing wrong with you having your opinion and having a hub for others opinions. I think we most feel a horror now of war, guns and fighting. America is not the same place it use to be.


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Ruchira 3 years ago from United States Author

Thank you Jackie for your priceless opinion. Could not dis-agree on it.

Peace, my friend!


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Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

Indeed...peace. Thank you.


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shiningirisheyes 3 years ago from Upstate, New York

I recently read a study where USA has the most gun violence while countries most would suspect having the most really have the least.

Thank you for this informative write.


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Ruchira 3 years ago from United States Author

Hi Shiningirisheyes,

Thanks for the update. It sure is a sad state. PEace, my friend!

happy new year!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

Hi Ruchira, its always interesting to hear the opinions of people who live in America about their gun laws, and the appalling things that happen, I really don't know the answer, we do not have guns over here, but of course there is always someone who can get their hands on them if they want, its more knife crime over here, and mainly in london, voted up and shared, nell


lovedoctor926 3 years ago

A very good hub & I support your views.


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mr-veg 3 years ago from Colorado United States

Well suddenly I see a rise in shooting events all over the country, not sure if people started hating people more or the news coverage has gained better insight over these incidents, bringing it to limelight !!


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Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina

Absolutely important read for all and necessary to take action. Great article, Ruchira. Up/A/I and sharing.


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jcales 3 years ago

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"another law or even a ban will not prevent those so inclined from obtaining firearms"

Uhhh that is false. If you ban military assault rifles from normal civilians (like Aurora theater shooter even he can pass a profiler test) then innocent lives would still be here. The general public has no practical use for a mass automatic killing machine. Yes, he booby-trapped the bldg where he live but at least the movie-goers would still be alive.

You can't stop all crimes & killers but you can prevent some or reduce it greatly. The police chief from the L.A.P.D has already confirmed this with statistic to back it up. "Less guns in the last 3 years does equal less violent crimes."

The crazy NRA says to arm the schools to combat these young sociopaths. So, let's NOT stop the homegrown terrorists let's start a war internally. That is ludicrous!


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Vladimir Uhri 3 years ago from HubPages, FB

Ruchira. I came from foreign land. I am against the killing. But my view is different. I lived under Hitler, Stalin and his followers. They were dictators and confiscated all guns from people. People were helpless to defend their freedom, then there was none. But Hitler murdered 70 million plus. Stalin by himself murdered over 100.000 people and so on. Every house in Switzerland has the gun. There is no violence as we see it in our country. When I arrived to US I did not see the mess we are in. It was 40 years ago. People were loving and kind.

In my old country I was drafted to army and became captain. I was trained in all weapons available to man but I did not kill anyone. Before any system confiscated weapons first was using propaganda, perhaps chaos. Guns do not kill the people. People kill people. It is moral issue. If there is no God then material, which we would be is unimportant and valueless. We need morality fix not gun control. We have hundred thousands of laws and we are heading to pit. Return to God is only way to become nonviolent society.


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barbergirl28 3 years ago from Hemet, Ca

I am kind of on the fence over this whole issue. I don't really think that the government intervening in gun control is really going to make that big of a difference. After all, the true people to be scared of are the ones that go underground and find these weapons. Those are not the people that these laws are hitting. It is the law abiding citizens. Sure - take them away from those that are following the rules makes it less likely that the laws will be broken by someone who got their hands on one, but I don't think those are the main ones we have to worry about. I think that is the rare occasion. But, since I personally don't care about guns or the lack of guns... I teeter on this because it hasn't hit me hard either way. I am sure if I was severly impacted, I might have a stronger opinion.


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ahorseback 3 years ago

Ruchira , Dear lady , I guess we will have to agree to disagree on this one , you see my problem, as with 99 .99999% of other gun owners, is that we are abiders of all of the laws already in place ! And there are thousands of these laws ! I have never purchased a gun that wasn't phoned in immediately to the feds , before I leave the store even , all of my pertinent information , adress , criminal records [none ] social security # , and mental health issues [none] are checked out ! Probably 4 pages of info HAVE to be given before this happens , and then any state or local rules and regulations have to be abided by . ....as to this hub , I voted awesome and interesting because at least you adress , however minorly , the real issue ; mentl health care { or actually the lack there of } in America . You could however edit this hub to include the absolute mess ! , that our legal system in America is in . Major crimes continualy pleaed down to misdemeanors , felons on the streets buying and selling drugs and guns together , ever heard of a drug bust where firearms wern't also collected ! Defence attorneys , soft judges , and a corections institution that are simple inadequatly funded and maned with personel ! Mental health officials that don not report likely offenders ! Cops that turn there heads the other way ! My only real point here is this . This violence problem is a huge assortment of issues that are real , very real ! And the least likely thing to accomplish anything !......is another gun law on the books to be ignored , played with by the system , and to only accomplish one thing ! To make it harder for the law abiding citezen to life free of more restrictions of a government uncaring about our liberties . In our next hubs , you and I might write about a non-existant mental healthcare system , insurance companies that deny coverage for them ! And a system of social responsibilites that is more concerned with profits , pensions and union rights , than the protection of children !......Nice to see you !....Ed

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