102 online
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook 4 Printer Friendly Page More Sharing
Exclusive to OpEd News:
OpEdNews Op Eds   

Gun Control and Society in America: Legislation Is Not Enough

By       (Page 1 of 2 pages)   1 comment
Message Kevin Brown

Gun control, Gun Control, Gun control. The hysteria has recently engulfed the US. The debates are everywhere including congress, but the debates are also non-existent. Solutions are offered, then promptly debated with no outcome in sight. Leaving the issue up to a failing congress that is incapable of solving the numerous problems facing the country, both socially and economically, doesn't look to provide a solution.

Newtown yanked at the strings of our hearts, and of gun-control advocates. It seems as if the only solutions capable of passing are limiting magazine clips, enforcing background checks, and a possible assault-weapons ban, the last of which doesn't even seem likely. Despite the terrible aftermath of Newtown, the more recent incident in California is forewarning to how ineffective this legislation will turn out to be.

A student entered his school with a handgun and after firing off shots, he was talked down by a teacher. From the reports it seems that there was a personal vendetta rather than intention of a mass shooting. It was by pure luck that no one was killed, and there were only injuries involved with the incident, but this should be the warning necessary to our lawmakers that what they are about to vote on will have little effect in practice.

Laws preventing the mentally ill and criminals from accessing guns need not apply here. Laws affecting the amount of rounds in the clip need not apply here. Some will be quick to point out that no one was killed but that is a circumstance of pure chance. Some will say that even if he had succeeded that the laws would have been effective in limiting the numbers. I believe that one is too many. One child, one grieving family, one classroom of psychologically affected children is far too many for me.

When I read the reports from this recent incident I was disgusted. What disgusted me most? Students in other classrooms went into an active shooting alarm. We are not involved in World War II with bomb drills. Our children aren't only subject to the occasional fire drill but must now practice protecting themselves from their armed peers. What is new gun legislation going to do tp prevent that? Access to guns will still be easy. Sensationalist media reporting of these incidents will further promote shootings of this type. So what, a student will now have to reload to increase the number killed.

As a concerned American, I have often looked over the gun-control stats. I have investigated other countries such as the UK. I understand that only 6% of their police force carries guns and that guns account for double-digit deaths per year, which pales in comparison to us. I also understand that we are not the UK. I do believe the right to own guns should be limited more than it currently is, but the new legislation won't be the solution. I believe that part of the problem still remains in our society, and even our parenting. I watch and listen to the pro-gun advocates. I hear them saying that the "good guys" need guns to protect against these few bad ones.

This is not the old wild west. There are parents throughout the country celebrating gun use. Christmas gun sales this year were booming amidst the possibility of new gun regulation. Parents giving them to their children, husbands to wives and vice-a-versa, siblings to siblings. Children watching with jealousy as these cool and awesome gifts were handed out. Unfortunately, an AR-15 is a weapon of death rather than a cool toy. A handgun is a weapon of death. Even a hunting rifle is a weapon of death, but one that a responsible citizen can respect. I would never harm a hair on an animal's back but I will not take aim against those with hunting rifles that use them for their purpose.

Of course we should all understand how ridiculous the claim is that we need these guns to protect ourselves from our own government. We are referring to a government, and military, in possession of the most advanced weapons in the world. The populations that hold these ideas should concede to the fact that their assault rifle stands little chance when a government drone comes flying above. We are in no need of forming militias in the most highly militarily protected country in the world. There is no use for semi-automatic weapons of any sort. I often ask why one would even purchase one. It has no use accept to murder quickly and in large numbers. No hunter is taking it out to shoot deer because that would be a disgrace to the sport of his act. Similarly, no hunter is taking a handgun to do that duty.

Next Page  1  |  2

(Note: You can view every article as one long page if you sign up as an Advocate Member, or higher).

Rate It | View Ratings

Kevin Brown Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

An international master's graduate in international development from the University of Bologna in Italy. Kevin has worked on projects in both environment and human trafficking. His experiences living and traveling abroad have provided a unique (more...)
Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines

Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEd News Newsletter
   (Opens new browser window)

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Gun Control and Society in America: Legislation Is Not Enough

To View Comments or Join the Conversation:

Tell A Friend