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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RIGHT 2 CARRY

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“How relevant are they really?”

As we enter a race for a new president of the United States, one of the topics of interest pertains to the place in which guns have purpose in our lives. And I am not referring to law enforcement officers, but civilians. The 2nd Amendment to the Constitution clearly states we have the right to bare arms. What does that mean? Does that mean I have the right to bare any arms? Is it limited to certain guns? Or did that mean something different for the time period in which people were living during the time the document was written.

The lines starts to blur between what is an acceptable gun to have and the right to access such guns. Pistols are clearly alright by most, but a high powered gun like the AR-15, tends to rub people the wrong way. Me myself, it’s hard to say because you do have questions. Why does one need something such as an M16, AK47, or the AR-15. What are the provisions one should have placed on them when you want to own a fully automatic rifle. Even the language is subject for debate because gun owners and enthusiast alike disagree with the populace over what is an assault rifle or not.

Well let’s first observe the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. The document was written at the end of the year 1791, and since then debates have gone back and forth for the past 225 plus years. When we talk about the 2nd Amendment there are two areas of interest: gun control and gun rights. When taking away the gun (control) you start to infringe on people’s sense of security (rights). But what is a right? Rights are established in a society to give people the freedom and alienable ability to live how they choose so long as it does not negatively effect the lives of others (social morality).

Now when you are lax on the gun, people feel their rights are not being infringed upon. Well what has people up in arms about the topic. In the recent years, there has been a stretch of shootings using high powered rifles like the AR-15. Victims of those lost reach out asking for stricter gun control. While the gun owners feel the laws are fine the way they have always been. But today it’s a fight; between the owners not wanting to give them up and the government trying to restrict usage of certain guns. The government simply says we are trying to lower the risk of higher victim count. Gun owners say the government are using mass shootings as a platform to put policy in place to harm them for others irresponsible behavior.

Being responsible is very important to take notice of. Why? Because the majority of gun owners are law abiding citizens. They realize the severity of owning a gun and work to keep themselves from getting into a legality situation. Their argument is that the majority of gun violence comes by way of illegal handguns. Illegal is key because if you’re willing to own a gun unregistered and brandish it in public, you’re not concerned with policy by the government. Another argument is that gun owners feel the government is using a crime statistic, which comes from urban gang violence, to push their agenda. While not addressing that issue (inner city crime), which to them (gun owners) seem like a much bigger problem.

But the government says otherwise in their claims. They feel by restricting the amount of rounds one is able to possess; even in the case of a mass shooting casualties are lessened. We also have politicians who want to go as far banning all guns that don’t fall under the equation of handgun or shotgun/rifle designated for hunting deer and other small to midsize game. The government would further say that when the 2nd Amendment was written, it was suppose to be intended for muskets, not M16 assault rifles. Now gun owners would disagree stating that the individuals then were merely using the technological weaponry of their day. But the rebuttal from the government would be the forefathers could not have foreseen assault rifles. These men were also slave owners, which gives the government an in to imply that the forefathers were not right about everything as well even if you think the forefathers would have agreed.

In the end, the fight will continue between the two sides: those for guns and those for gun control. America already has more guns per capita than any nation globally, quite odd considering we are not in war time. It will continue, so long as the people feel infringed upon and the government feels cause to interfere in ones’ life if they see ones’ life or lifestyle to be morally unfit and a threat to this nation.