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Fighting For Gun Control in America

Updated on September 22, 2016

The Reasons for Gun Control Laws

© 2015 Missy Smith

Are you ready to join the fight and speak out for gun control? There are so many tragedies plaguing the US today, because of guns and people who are fighting for the old 1700s second amendment decree to bear arms. However, times change, and sometimes we have to re-write history.

Back in those days, the right to carry a gun seemed more logical than it does today. People lived off the land. They killed their meals themselves, and they fought wild animals that threatened their livelihood by taking their crops. Sure, they also had to fight bad guys too, but that was a long time ago. It was a common way to survive. With fewer law enforcement, with less people period to help defend and protect, it was feasible to carry a weapon.

Skip ahead a couple of three centuries later and population has risen by leaps and bounds. Crime has risen. Along with that, mental illness has come about and political and religious wars have reared their ugly existence. For this, it is unwise to think a world of easy access weaponry is sensible. We have more different types of weapons and guns than, as they say, Carter has liver pills. We have all types of handguns; single shot, revolvers, and semi-automatic pistols, just to name a few. We have long guns; shotguns and rifles, for example. Not to mention; Military type guns like machine guns, that now you can buy right out on the street in your local pawn shop and gun shows.

What?? Is there something wrong with this picture? I think so, and if you don’t after all the recent mass shootings through these few years, well, you certainly should. It’s not getting better; it's getting worse. We expand through the years; we invent more and more. We do not live in simple times anymore. We are an over populated world that has borne more mental ill individuals from the hectic, competitive, life styles we live now.

I’m not lying and you who are reading this know it; Sandy Hook Elementary 2012, Fort Hood Congressional Event 2009, Tucson Congressional Event 2011, Aurora Movie Theater 2012, Charleston Church 2015. The list goes on, and now, in recent days, have had another; The Oregon community college shooting.

So what’s the answer, more guns? No, that is not intellectually sound thinking is it? The answer is fighting for stricter laws to be put in place. The answer is getting Congress off their amendment war in order to restore a peace in today’s world.

Calm down gun lovers!! We are not saying the hunters, law enforcement, and militaries are going to lose rights for heaven’s sake! We want better background checks and medical records to be made accessible before an individual can buy a gun. We need the mental ill patients, the serial killers, and the drug dealers to be put on a permanent lock down from purchasing weapons.

This is my way of fighting this. I wanted to get my voice heard on this subject. It is a necessary discussion we all need to have. Share this hub if you agree with me. Let’s make a change!

South Carolina Church Shooting

Outside the Charleston South Carolina Church mass shooting
Outside the Charleston South Carolina Church mass shooting | Source

Charleston Church Killer

facebook profile of a killer
facebook profile of a killer | Source

President Obama speaking on the recent Oregon mass shooting

Aurora Movie Theater Shooter

The deranged face of the Aurora movie theater killer
The deranged face of the Aurora movie theater killer | Source

Guns Aren't Gods

© 2015 Missy Smith

So you think guns

Will set you free?

Please don’t insult

your own integrity.


Guns do nothing

but kill things off.

They solve no

issues. They serve

no cross.


By accident or on

purpose, does it

even matter, let that

bullet fly and

your life may shatter.


One single person's

bad day, equals a

flock of innocent

lives taken away.


Senseless is what

it is, a piece of

steel is what you

get in place of

A life that can

no longer exist.


So, again, gun

lovers, state

your case to

all who will listen.


However, most

Of us will only

hear your

ignorant opinions.

Outside Aurora theater

outside Aurora movie theater where the 2012 mass shooting took place.
outside Aurora movie theater where the 2012 mass shooting took place. | Source

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The Army Veteran Hero of the recent Oregon mass shootings. Imagine that an army guy who didn't carry a gun and fought back anyway.

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The President speaking about one of the most heartbreaking mass shootings Sandy Hook

AR-15 found in Classroom 10 at Sandy Hook Elementary

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Hollywood talking about Gun Control Demand a Plan...

Cruel Reminder

© 2015 Missy Smith

A little girl died

in that school

that day, and

A little boy’s

mother was

taken away.


When you can’t

watch a movie

in fear of gunfire

or go to church

in your best attire...


be certain to know

the devil is near,

he can appear in

all things even a

trigger.


Pull him back

you just make

him stronger.


Go ahead make

him chuckle with

Pride as you kill

another in his

honor.


If you don’t think

my words are worth

the read, keep your

blindfold handy.


You will certainly

need it as you

continue to fight

for a 1700s second

amendment right.


Times do change

unfortunately,

do you want to

keep dying or would

you rather make

that change…

Thank you John Hansen (Jodah) for sending me this. It makes serious points in a comedic way.

A Powerful tribute to the children and teachers killed at Sandy Hook Elementary

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      Kai 20 months ago

      Well written ^^ keep it up

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      John Hansen 20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Missy, thank you for bravely writing this hub and promoting this important but controversial issue. I just wrote a random and really irrelevant hub and you come out with this gem. Something has to be done soon. I hear on the news that there have been over 400 mass shootings in the US this year alone. I have trouble even contemplating that.

      We have had gun control in this country for 19 years, since a massacre at Port Arthur in Tasmania, only a handful of gun deaths since that time. There was actually one yesterday when a police employee was shot leaving the police headquarters. That shooting of one person is the main news story in the country..it is that rare. Farmers and members of gun clubs are allowed guns if they have a licence, but automatic and semi-automatic guns are completely banned. I really feel for Barack Obama in this, you can tell it is tearing him apart that he can't do something because of Congress and the Gun Lobby. Gun control does work! How can gun supporters keep ignoring the statistics? There needs to be at least strict back ground checks and a limit on the type and number of guns owned and allowed at one address.

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      bradmasterOCcal 20 months ago from Orange County California

      The problem is not in the weapon used, but in the person using the weapon.

      The media and the people that want gun control have made the use of guns as an attractive way to lure people into committing these acts because this is their moment of fame.

      It is like the first time that people hijacked planes. Prior to that there was movie in which planes were hijacked.

      Getting a weapon outside of the legal way is no more difficult than it is to get illegal drugs.

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      Missy Smith 20 months ago from Florida

      Hey John, I just went and read your hub and I loved it. I can't express that enough. We should really do the random thing more often I think. :)

      I caught your comment to me here first, and did not realize you had written a hub, I've been so enthralled with writing this hub. I was actually working on another poem, when I decided to stop that one and lend my thoughts to this one. Anyway, when I saw you had written a new one, of course, I had to jump ship here and run read it. Now I'm back to comment on your very generous comment to me here.

      Thank you for being a friend. Traveled down the road and back again. Your heart is true; you're a pal and a confidant ..... cough, cough, (clearing throat) I apologize, I went off randomly again. Somehow the Golden Girls theme crossed my mind when I started writing that sentence. lol......It seems, since I've hit middle age, I can't contain myself on spitting out anything that comes up in my head.

      Yes, this topic is important to me, just because, here in America, we see this happening just about every day it seems. I think about how it could happen here in my little town. I think about it as I'm taking my children to school, and I wonder if I'm doing the right thing, will they be safe today?

      A lot of people here are turning to home schooling, and it's always in the back of my mind to do the same. It's sad to think about that though, because you want your children to have friends and be able to interact in a normal way.

      I hope this hub is received well. And I hope people understand the importance of gun control that I am trying to get across.

      Thank you again and enjoy that little bundle of joy. I hope your muse makes it back home to you very soon. :)

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      Missy Smith 20 months ago from Florida

      Hey bradmasterOCcal, and thank you for putting your thoughts into this subject. I think you have a point that cannot be disputed. Well, kind of. It is not the weapon exactly, although the amount of different types of weapons we have at our disposal these days are atrocious and dangerous no matter who has access to them. However, it should be a common fact, that if we do make it harder for just anyone to get a hand on such a weapon, mainly the mental ill, drug dealers, and such, then maybe the media would have less of an outlet to report on. Less of a way to make people want to do bad things in order to seek their own type of fame. Even when it comes to television shows or movies made about it, less access could help. Hey, I have watched plenty of action-packed movies with guns, but it never made me want to go out and shoot up a school. My point is; make it hard on the ones that have trouble establishing real life with that type of entertainment.

      I appreciate your comment and do understand a lot of your points. My thoughts will stand at trying to cause a change by putting a control on guns. If we make it harder for the mental ill, and criminals, that will be a start, right. :)

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      John Hansen 20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Well at the moment Bradmaster no one has to even worry about trying to get gun illegally because they can get as many as they want through legal channels. You have to start dealing with the problem somewhere and it makes sense to me to start with putting some form of gun control laws in place and then deal with other problems as they arise. What I can't understand is the opposition to strict background checks before being able to get a licence and purchase a gun.

      Also, yes it is the people using the weapon who commit the crime, but without the guns it is more difficult. How many mass knifing's do you hear about? The thing is that the people committing these mass murders are not criminal types....they are usually disgruntled students and people with mental problems..sure criminal organizations will find a way of getting guns even though it will be more difficult. It's crazy that these troubled teenagers have access to so many weapons...crazy. Having the majority of the population unarmed is better protection than arming everyone.

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      suraj punjabi 20 months ago from jakarta

      I feel it is wrong to vote for either "We definitely need to update the second amendment law" or "I do not think guns are the problem." You cannot choose either one, they are both to be implemented. Since both of them makes good point. While creating stricter laws and regulations will make it harder to get guns and weapons, we need to also deal with the people on an individual level. Criminals and drug dealers and basically anyone who needs a gun bad enough are going to find a way to get it, stricter laws or not. We need to convince these people to put their guns down and discourage them from solving their problems with guns. We need to be able to open their eyes or failing tht, like if they are mentally unstable then take the necessary step like admitting them to a psych ward.

      Why do we find out they are mentally unstable AFTER the shooting? If the Aurora killer were handed to the psych ward instead of being able to roam around freely things would hv been a lot different. We can't expect to have a mentally unstable person roam around freely while gun control laws are outdated and then NOT have this happen.

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      bradmasterOCcal 20 months ago from Orange County California

      We already have controls on guns, and it is not like you get a gun while you wait for your pizza. We don't really know what the government is checking during the waiting period.

      I heard that there was something like twenty thousand people in Los Angeles that were known not to be competent, but the funds for taking their weapons away didn't allow them to do it in less than a couple of years.

      So maybe we should look into the funding issue of the current controls for guns.

      And with 350 million people the number of these Mass attacks is really really small. Not to say that they aren't tragedies, but the police kill more people each year.

      As for guns being devices of mass killings, think about what a truck could do when school gets out and there are hundreds of students in its path. From the Internet they can learn to make homemade bombs.

      My point is that it is the person, not their choice of weapons. Even a bow an arrows can do a lot of damage in a crowd.

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      John Hansen 20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for sharing that bradmaster. I wasn't aware there was some form of gun control in place even though it is underfunded. I would have argued that it would be better to have people prove their competency before being able to obtain guns but realise that because people there have always been free to carry guns most have them already, and have to be found incompetent to have them taken away. And yes devices like bombs especially can be utilized to kill many more as is the case in the Middle East. Maybe education is the answer and early detection and more appropriate treatment of mental illness.

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      Frank Atanacio 20 months ago from Shelton

      as a member of a gun club I do understand your hub, but it's still not the guns, but the people behind the barrels, I do agree that control is needed, but how strict should we get? This will always be a hot topic.. oh and the poem was great...

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      Missy Smith 20 months ago from Florida

      Don't play this card bradmaster. I mean really. I appreciate the debate, but you and I both know they are not enough controls on guns in America. We need "stronger'' ones. This is America and your number of 20,000 people in Los Angeles is a low number to me. It seems you only have researched your area of interest. Besides the fact, you say it's taken years to take their weapons away. Obviously, the fact that the incompetents have the guns already as you worded it that way, shows we didn't first have them examined thoroughly before handing them a weapon.

      The attacks aren't small brad. Senseless use of guns happens everyday; you just don't hear about everyone. Again, this is America, there is no possible way to report on all tragedies with guns and all the unwell people who commit them. They don't only kill in mass; you have the simple sick minded killers who pick out one victim at a time. You have drug dealers who kill random with no care for others; drive-by shootings and such.

      There are more issues than just mass shootings. The mass shootings are what brings it to our attention more, but you cannot shove the other facts under the rug.

      Your examples of possible other mass killings I guess could be a relevant argument. I mean I guess, but you don't hear about those types of killings as much as the gun kill. Let's work on one problem at a time, and start with the most prominent threat shall we...

      I don't think I'm disputing the fact that it stems from the person themselves either. The stricter laws we want are background checks and medical examinations of people who want to buy guns, because it is the sick people, we want to prevent having the guns. If we prevent that, it's not a full-blown solution, nothing will be that. However, it could prevent a lot of innocent people from being killed. Children!!

      I actually hate when someone keeps saying it's not the gun it's the person. That is common sense, but we can't ban the mental ill can we? They are human beings, but we need to ban them from obtaining that easy to get, easy to use weapon they all like to use. Not from everybody, a lot of people are competent to carry a weapon. That, again, is not what we are trying to do. In a few seconds, a gun can kill several in its path; I've never seen someone do that with a bow and arrow. I'm just saying. You have to be a good aim for that, I'm southern; I know. lol... But guns, easy! I've shot those too btw.

      It's really obvious to me this becomes an argument about who likes guns and who don't. It shouldn't be that kind of issue. It goes deeper in depth than that. You like guns, that fine! But, you aren't a sick mental ill person are you, or are you a drug dealer? Again, people who want these laws are not trying to take the competent people's rights to bear arms away. However, there has to be harder access to that weapon. Even if it means the sane have to go through the same extensive background checks as the insane. I would do that for an innocent human life, are you saying you wouldn't??

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      Missy Smith 20 months ago from Florida

      Yes, Jodah, that too is something we need to fight for; more appropriate treatment for the mental ill.

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      Missy Smith 20 months ago from Florida

      As Jodah brought to my attention Frank, it is possible to have stricter laws in place. In Australia and many other places over seas they have these laws and as Jodah has said, it's a little difficult to put in a great opinion on this issue from his point of view, because he doesn't deal with this on daily basis thanks to great gun laws in Australia. As President Obama mentioned these international laws and said if it is possible in those countries, it can be possible in ours. I believe that too!

      Yes, it is the person behind the barrel, I have said that many times, but giving those people access to the main weapon that is easily used to destroy,that is what we need to prevent. I think people need to look at the title more clearly, it says; gun "control" not gun "destroy"

      Thanks again for joining this conversation. :)

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      Missy Smith 20 months ago from Florida

      You make a lot of good points here suraj, and in a perfect world, this would be the way to go. However, unfortunately, we can't sustain all mental ill patients; some are very clever in hiding their illness. However, couldn't stricter laws for guns work toward dealing better with the mental ill. If we run extensive mental tests on a person for gun control, and find their issues, then that's the way we could establish them as being ill and get help for them too. You know, I don't have all the answers, obviously. Nevertheless, to ignore that innocent people are being killed by mental ill people carrying guns is not the way to make it better either.

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      bradmasterOCcal 20 months ago from Orange County California

      You are obviously polarized to your opinion.

      You never even considered that in the case of the 20,000 known by the government of people that have been determined to be mentally incompetent, that they probably had these guns when they were Competent, and that could have been for decades.

      The gangs, and the drug cartels have a billion dollar illegal business, as well as gun running, so there will always be an easy source for guns.

      In addition, half the gun deaths in America are from suicides.

      I am not playing any cards, but you seem to be and I am not a player, so deal me out.

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      Missy Smith 20 months ago from Florida

      A little temperamental aren't we... That's typical of someone who feels their opinions are the only ones that hold value to the discussion. This was meant to be a friendly conversation of all opinions, and I agreed with some of your arguments. I did not disrespect in any way, but I do not agree with everything. If you can't handle others take on things, believe me, you need to be counted out of the discussion. Have a Nice Day!

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      Dana Tate 20 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      I agree that its not the guns but the people who use the guns. However, there needs to be tougher laws. I don't know how much "control" the government can have considering they sell illegal guns on the street, but some attempt should be made. Too many people are losing lives. Interesting topic.

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      Faith Reaper 20 months ago from southern USA

      Hi Missy,

      I do understand your argument here for tougher gun control laws, but I do think it is not the guns that are the problem, but the people. I have never owned a gun in my life until recently, as they represented nothing but death to me and still do.

      Now, that I have been working in the dangerous City for such along time, unfortunately, I have had to make the hard decision to protect myself and I now have a gun. I will never pull it but for my own safety or the safety of my family, especially my grandchildren. I know of many whose lives have been saved just for the mere fact that they had a gun.

      It is disturbing how much gun and violence are glorified in movies and how young people are drawn to that just because of watching movies. Another point seems to be made in movies that the value of life has diminished and the taking of another life is, sadly, no big deal ...scary stuff.

      I know without a doubt Jesus will protect me and I pray I never have to use my gun.

      Thank you for expressing your thoughts so passionately.

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      Missy Smith 20 months ago from Florida

      What people do not seem to get is that we who share our voice for gun control know it is the people not the guns. I don't think it is logical to think that we are saying every gun has to go. We are saying that, the guns in the hands of corrupted and sick people have to go. However, I do think, everyone that wants to own a gun, should hand over medical records that can confirm sanity. They should maybe also go through a psychological evaluation. Arrest records should be examined, and if someone has an extensive record, they should not have a gun. I just think we have to start somewhere to remove the guns from people who could potentially do harm to others. Thanks Dana!

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      Missy Smith 20 months ago from Florida

      Faith, you make the point of why we need stricter gun control laws here in America. I mean, wouldn't it be nice if you could feel safe enough not to have to arm yourself just to make it to work and back. People on the streets should not have weapons, if they are robbing people at gun point, they certainly cannot afford guns, so how are they getting them?

      You mentioned how kids are using guns more. Well, kids should not even have a weapon. How are they getting this weapon? Parents also need to be more careful about placing guns where their children have access. We have too many accidental shootings by kids even as young as 2 and 3 years old, either killing themselves by accident, or shooting and killing a sibling. Teenagers obtain weapons through illegal means, and all this has to be examined, in my opinion. There have to be stricter rules to getting guns. They need to be better monitoring of guns on the street. There are so many things that need to be done.

      A regular citizen may be found to be competent of having a gun, after going through an extensive evaluation. Even so, I'm still going to feel that laws need to be put in place to where those individuals need to take classes on how to keep a gun safe and away from children and also be made to go to target practice classes, in case they ever have to use it.

      In a nutshell, stricter laws could help a bevy of sad things that happen behind a steel barrel. It would be a slow process to get these laws rolling, but it needs to begin.

      Thanks for putting in your thoughts on this subject Faith, and be safe!! :)

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      Faith Reaper 20 months ago from southern USA

      Yes, for sure, I do think that parents who do not take the necessary measures to keep their guns out of reach of children or especially those who are unstable should be held responsible.

      I'm afraid that illegal guns are so readily available to anyone who wants to purchase them, hence the problem. In other words, the "bad guys" who really want them can get them by whatever means.

      It is such a travesty that those who are mentally ill (students , etc.) are able to get their hands on a gun without any problem and then kill others in their mentally ill state.

      I do think they should delve deeper into medical history to make sure they are not issuing gun permits to those with mental health disorders and the like, but then again, one can be right as rain, and then have a breakdown and go out on a killing spree as they perceive right in their mental state at the time.

      Unfortunately, here, we have a huge gang problem, where the young are given guns to go out and kill someone as an initiation into the gang, and if they don't, they will be killed. There is no value placed on life anymore it seems.

      Blessings

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      John Hansen 20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Missy, I thought you may like this video. It is by an Aussie comedian giving his argument against guns in America. The language is a little rough but he gets his points across very well. If you can handle a little swearing, give it a watch:

      https://youtu.be/7OZIOE6aMBk

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      Missy Smith 20 months ago from Florida

      Oh, he says what I've been trying to say so clear with perfect points! It's funny in the most truthful way. Thank you Jodah! I hope you don't mind if I put this on my hub here. It really just explains it so well. :)

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      John Hansen 20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Missy, I was going to suggest that, because I had never seen those points stated so clearly. Please do.

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      Ralph Schwartz 20 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

      I'm not sure how exercising more control on law abiding citizens will champion the change you are looking for. I'm personally a gun supporter, perhaps when a gun is all you have between yourself and two thugs trying to get into your house at 2:00 AM, you might get a different opinion on the subject. I believe inherently that I have the right to protect my family, period.

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      Missy Smith 20 months ago from Florida

      Hey RJ, I think most who support guns are missing the point with what I feel the gun-control law will support. It's more about controlling who owns a gun more than taking them away from law-abiding citizens. I'm a law-abiding citizen, and if I chose to have a gun, I wouldn't have an issue with extensive background checks through criminal and medical records. I would submit to a psychological evaluation even, and take classes on how to use a gun safely. I would do all of this in order to keep guns out of the people's hands who could potentially ensue harm on another purposely. Isn't that protecting your family too? I mean, that would help take guns away from some that could kill in mass. It could help take guns away from those criminals who have an urge to break into your home. I think we are saying; fine, you like guns, keep them, but prove you are a legitimate sane individual first. I see no big deal in that. I'm sorry. I just don't understand why it's so hard for some to understand.

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      Ralph Schwartz 19 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

      Not to split hairs, but who decides what qualifies me or you as sane? Millions of Vets out there who served (and were trained) are now faced with having their weapons taken away as they get older and their faculties start deteriorating. I haven't seen any old men on shooting sprees. I stand by my earlier point but respect yours.

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      Missy Smith 19 months ago from Florida

      Ditto Rj Schwartz.

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      John Hansen 19 months ago from Queensland Australia

      These random mass shootings in particular does seem to be age related almost all perpertrators being young men or teenagers. We have a problem here with terrorist activities that are ISIL inspired with our (mostly Muslim) teenagers being recruited online first to travel to Syria and Iraq to fight with ISIL but now to commit terror acts in their own country Australia..all recruited are teenagers around 15 to 17 years old.

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      Missy Smith 19 months ago from Florida

      The tragic incident in Oregon that recently happened was at the hands of a 26 year old. Honestly though, from how he was described through the years by people who knew him, he probably just used the Isil thing as an excuse to do something he's been itching to do all along in his sick brain. I don't really know, but it's sad how many people here are mentally unstable.

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      Deb Hirt 19 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Back in the old days, when I was in police work, there wasn't really a waiting period to purchase a firearm, which didn't take long to discover. Sadly, a few bad folks ruin it for everyone. There will always be a way around the system, so it really is necessary to tighten up the need for weapons of destruction. For crying out loud, there was even a time when serial killers were allowed to go to war, but they just killed the innocent, too.

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      Missy Smith 19 months ago from Florida

      I didn't know that about the serial killers aviannovice. Yikes! Thanks for stopping by and commenting on this very controversial subject. Who knows what will happen from here?

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