PULL THE TRIGGER: OUR FASCINATION WITH GUNS

 

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“Aim-Fire!”


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I am from the state of Wisconsin, and coming from the Midwest you are used to people owning guns. Now that I live in New York City, people think that it is odd to own a gun in this city. The only people you hear about that own guns outside the police are criminals. So what is it, what is the need to own guns. Because yes, we have a right to bare arms, but sometimes we take it to the extreme in the United States. There are people who own guns that foreign countries don’t have in their military arsenal. And we all say the same thing which is, “It’s my right.” But this goes far beyond rights to own a gun. Because consider myself someone who believes in your right to own a gun or guns. And I even like the well-known M16 assault rifle as well as the Desert Eagle hand gun. But where does all this come from in America?

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When the 2nd amendment was drafted it was written because the United States had just won the war against the British. So it made sense to have a well orchestrated during that time period. But when you look at the times of today, this is considered outdated, but we still have a right to bare arms. A lot of it has to do with protecting your household. But we also haver to look at the document for the time period. The men of the past who drafted up these documents could have never seen citizens owning the type of weaponry that kills its own citizens. The purpose was to fight outside forces not our own citizens. So that is the problem with using the argument of the fore fathers of America and their intent.

playing off of fears

When you live in a major metropolitan city, you should be a lot more cautious about where you live. But the reality for most Americans is that they don’t need the weapons they do where they reside. But most Americans live in rural areas with very little crime, but a high gun ownership. They own guns off the idea of what could happen in this country from a force that they most likely will never come in contact with. So this country plays off of fears because the typical gun owners are not connected into a diverse environment that allows them to see reality from fiction. And yes, there are bad things that happen everywhere, but to a large degree people are more scared than they need to be.


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GUN COUNTRY: THE DIVISIVENESS OF FIREARMS COVERSATIONS

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“My 2nd amendment says so.”


It has only been a few days since the mass shooting in Las Vegas which claimed the lives of 58 people. And already political pundits are in conversations surrounding gun ownership. Should we be able to own them or not? Should the ownership of guns be based on the caliber of weapon? Because a lot of people have no problem with handguns. But when it comes to higher caliber weapons, that’s when the conversation intensifies. And the guns of choice that causes such controversy are the following: AR-15, AK47, Tech9 Uzi, M16, and the 50/60 caliber rifles. These are weapons that can pump out multiple bullets in just seconds. Some ask, why do you need to own a gun with such force. Others say why not because it’s our rights. Well, both people for and against to an extent would be right. Well, how so?

On the side of the gun control people, there is some logic to additional control on top of the already gun control. Number one, there should be to some extent, psychological background checks in order to own firearms. Your mental health should come into play when owning a gun. Any mental instability should raise a red flag. Now, even if the person seek help and they are in a better mental space than prior, they should still have a tough time attaining a gun. Another rational argument is that it is an amendment, but the time period in which the document was written is totally different than today. In the times of the second amendment being written, they intended for people to own the guns of their time period. The second amendment also was to keep an additional checks and balance over the government so we wouldn’t be subject to abuse from the system. But if the government wanted to stop you in today’s society, your highest caliber of rifle couldn’t stop them.

As for the gun owners in America who feel their rights are being infringed upon, they have a different point of view. They understand the background checks, but guns that are killing people everyday in America are not by legalized owners. A lot of the high statistics are aimed at the inner city communities where guns are used in gangland battles. And politicians are using that statistic to restrict gun owners, while not addressing the problem in these communities. And a lot of these guns used are stolen anyways, so background checks don’t work all the time. As far as the second amendment, the fore fathers did think of the guns of their time. But using that logic, the guns of their time was muskets, but the guns of our time are higher caliber rifles. We also have the right to protect our homes and families just as well as the public figures of America. Considering the homes invaded on a daily and nightly basis are the homes of the average Joe.

In the end, political conversations have been going debating this issues for years. Nothing is going to happen because for the most part, gun ownership is seen as more of a conservative viewpoint. And even with the country switching between liberal and conservative, conservatism in America still reigns supreme. And as long as we have a large country-municipal-township-America and a smaller metropolis America, gun ownership will be around. Meaning, a lot of people against gun ownership usually live in major metropolitan cities. But America is not a metropolis, it’s a lot of towns and cities you have never heard of. And as long as they exist, we will see gun ownership in America.


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A NATION OF VIOLENCE: WHY ARE WE ADDICTED TO GUNS IN AMERICA

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“We love our guns.”


Throughout American history, we have this fascination with guns. But with all these guns comes the history of violence. Whether it’s some maniac shooting up his workplace or school, to gang warfare in inner city streets. We have this characteristic about ourselves that we cannot shake loose. Yesterday there was yet another shooting, this time on a United States Congressman. The man shot was Representative Steve Calise, hit in the hip with a bullet as he practiced with his team playing  baseball. The man had a gripe with politicians, and decided to shoot one of our representatives in the government. So where did all of this start and how?

See, America is not this once peaceful nation and then out of nowhere we became violent. From conflicts with the first Europeans and Native Americans, to the brutality of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, and on to numerous wars and conflicts fought throughout history. Our country on paper is considered the freest place on Earth. A place where families for quite some time have decided to move here as a safe haven from their native land. But then you hear about the mass shootings and hate crimes throughout this nation and it scares everyone. Another trivia fact regarding America is this nation’s love for guns.

This country made the Guinness Book of World Records for most guns per capita for any nation not in war time. And not in war time is a really good observation for what is going on here in America. The last war on United States soil was the Civil War. Since then, we have fought wars overseas on automatic weapon, bullet, camouflagesomeone else’s land. Yet we carry so many guns that you would think we are at war with ourselves. And here we go again back to the gun debate. When the fore fathers of America drafted up the right to bare arms they didn’t foresee AR-15, AK47’s, and M16 assault rifles. Guns pumping out thousands of rounds in minutes. And if they did, it was meant for the United States armed forces. So why all of a sudden do we need so much fire power?

I know we believe in protecting our homes, but when I see high powered rifles, there is something else there. There are people with arsenals that can rival the law enforcement, and chances are, they’ll never use them. Or what about the availability of guns in the hands of young boys in inner city neighborhoods. The inner cities have turned into their own battle grounds where in some places the AK47 is the gun of choice. See, in the end, I don’t see this country changing. And with people becoming more and more infuriated with the economy, you’ll see more of these mass shootings. And mental illness, political differences, economic strife, and guns do not mix. As long as we don’t address these issues head on, we’ll continue to have problems.


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