Why America needs tighter gun control
Where should we draw the line?
The rate at which people are being killed in the USA by guns is increasing and this is more pronounced at high schools particularly in states where there is less gun control. Compared to continents around the world, it seems the US has had a very bad history of gun violence which could have otherwise being prevented.
US lacks proper gun control
Unlike most countries around the world, the U.S. is one of the few countries that has a bill that supports the right to bear arms. The right to bear guns is supported by the 2nd Amendment and this was made by our fathers with reasoning that people need to be able to protect themselves at home even if they do not belong to the army or police force. For a foreigner or non American, this would seem a bit odd but for most Americans. having a gun at home at least is part of their way of life.
Truth be told, part of what makes Americans a strong people today is as a result of how they fought in the past to win their independence during the revolution. The independence many Americans have today is as a result of their forefathers who fought and died as self willing combatants in the battle for freedom. Americans know how to build and use guns such that even teenagers of today also know how to use assault weapons.
The case for Self defense
Self defense is a good thing if guns are properly controlled and access to it is only given to right thinking mature individuals in the society. But what do we do when the rate at which kids have access to misuse guns is increasing? You have to agree that most of the people who use guns for violence in our society today are mostly by people who ordinarily should not have access to guns.
Gun violence in America particularly in recent times have caused a kind of national mental debate on what to do concerning our gun laws. Would America really be much safer if guns were only restricted to the military?
Some politicians have supported the idea of amending the second amendment while some are strongly opposing it since it has been what makes us American. When it comes to issues relating to gun control, the U.S. has really not been that effective and it's a sore point. There is also an issue of particularly outlawing assault guns and only allowing
History of school gun violence in the US
I did a bit of research on the history of gun violence in the states particularly at high schools and found out that compared to most continents, the US has had the most cases and casualties. Alarmingly too, gun violence and killings at such high schools has also become an annual occurrence such that they happen about 5 times every year from 2006 to 2012. The question now remains, how many more shootings would we have in 2013 apart from that which just happened in January?
If a new law is made to ban guns totally at home, it may reduce the gun violence in our society but work would still need to be done on the streets to ensure guns are not illegally sold.
America needs to decide
America is growing and probably changing for the better and personally, I can't really say precisely which path would produce the best results. While there is some benefit for people keeping guns at home, changing the gun laws totally to make America a bit like Europe may not make her much safe if guns are not also cleared off the streets.
Although President Obama has personally raised his voice calling for tighter gun control in the US by states, his voice may not be easily heard by Conservatives, who, with a lot of other supporters like the National Rifle Association and gun carrying Americans, believe we should stick to where we are on gun laws.
We need to sooner rather than later make a new decision on where we want guns to be kept. Keeping them at home may be great but we also need to decide on what type of guns they should be and the markets selling assault weapons should be more regulated.