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Gun Control is it wise?
Gun Control in America
With the horrific events of Sandy Hook and the Batman movie shootings, the topic of gun control in America has been heating up. No one can deny the fact that these were some very tragic events in American history that will stay in the minds of many for decades, such as the events of Waco, Columbine,or Dahmer of the 90's. No one can argue that either one of the perpetrators of these events should have had possession of the weapons used to commit these heinous acts. And with the help of the Judicial System and the 12 individuals sitting in the box listening to all of the evidence to prove without a shadow of a doubt the guilt these individuals, we will be able to move forward with our daily lives. Before we can start a new day, we must deal with the aftermath. The families are still dealing with the deaths of their beloved ones as the media begins televising the political side of things. Someone, anyone must do something to prevent this from ever happening again. What we SEE is two parties fighting back and forth on what can be done, what should be done, and what must be done. The most important part of this conundrum is who is going to make that choice and how!
One has the belief that more guns equals more murders by guns. The funny part about that argument is that its a fact. Great Britain has fewer murders by firearms per year. Australia has fewer as well as Japan and other countries that have strict bans on weapons.( http://www.juancole.com/2013/01/firearm-murders-equiv.html) Yet the fact remains there are still murders by firearms. Which means the ban was not 100% effective but accomplished the goal of preventing so many gun deaths from happening. Many will contend that banning guns from responsible owners will cause the violent crime to increase, and they would be correct in that regard. Because Australia and Great Britain were used previously we will used them again. With the bans of weapons in both these countries due to mass shootings, the rate of firearm deaths drastically decrease. Australia spent billions of dollars buying back guns from owners as well as Great Britain. The after effect of this was not able to be determined. No one would have imagined that all other crimes would actually increase. (http://www.captainsjournal.com/2012/07/23/do-gun-bans-reduce-violent-crime-ask-the-aussies-and-brits/) Statistics show that countries that have bans already in place have a higher violent crime rate. Meaning assaults, rapes, and home invasions.
While both arguments are valid we are presented with a ban on assault type weapons such as the AR-15 (The "AR" in AR-15 comes from the Armalite name and does not stand for 'assault rifle' as is commonly believed.) because these weapons were used in the last two mass shootings. By banning these weapons and limiting the number of rounds a magazine can hold, we can effectively curb the ability of these type of incidents from happening. This argument is enforced by a constant reminder of the children of Sandy Hook. "WE MUST NOT FORGET" as it was so eloquently put by the P.O.T.U.S as he addressed the nation recently. Background checks are already in place for most purchases, however how far into your personal life should anyone be able to go before it is ok for you to buy that weapon? Convicted felons are already banned from owning any type of firearm, but when it comes to your medical records is that ok? what if your loved one dies and you go through a period of depression and you seek the assistance of a psychiatrist, who prescribes you an anti-depressant for a short time. In that instance you can potentially be denied the purchase and/or ownership of a firearm even if you are a productive citizen of society. Limit of private sales means registry of your weapons which means that if you don't want your gun anymore or you want to gift it or sell it to someone you have to complete a background check on your mother, father, cousin, uncle, son, or anyone else you decide to give or sell to. Also if you are in the registry and your short period of depression comes up you are then in violation of the law. What then?
Our Constitution states that as citizens we have the right to bear arms and to form a well regulated militia to defend the country from enemies foreign and domestic. Part of my oath as a US Army soldier stated the same. Some may begin to think I'm a conspiracy theorist at this point but I'm not. I'm simply an American citizen that loves and has defended his country who is simply using individual thought to assess the events that have been laid before the world. I'm not saying that our government is out to get us but somethings that are going on just don't sit right with me. Why the need for Homeland Security to purchase millions of hollow point rounds. The excuse that they are using them for practice doesn't fit well with me because, one they are to expensive to use for practice, and two there are standard rounds used by the government to practice with. Another thing that disturbs me is the drills of our military side by side with with local law enforcement within the city limits. Generally when military does exercises to train for war time scenarios, its done in an area that is similar to the environment that the soldiers are going to be facing. Last time i checked there are no cities in the Middle East that resemble any cities in the United States. Also if we are at war with terrorism and we are constantly reminded that there is always the possibility of another 9/11, if we are currently deployed in multiple countries preparing for possible attack, then why would our Government want to disarm the people who will fight and die for this country? What if there was an attack(God knows I don't want that) but what if? How are we to defend ourselves and country from the foreign attack? I'm only asking valid questions that may never have a valid answer.