Welcome to my new little series The Pulse On. I love in depth discussions about the world and things that happen in it. I have a lot of opinions and love hearing other people’s points of view. In this series, we’re gonna get right into the nitty gritty and discuss the important stuff rather than the usually fluff and rainbows I post (not that there is anything wrong with fluff and rainbows). Some topics will be tough, some topics will be controversial but I would love an open and honest discussion. The words I write in this series are my opinions and just that: opinions. If you disagree, that’s great and we can have a polite debate in the comments section, I would love to hear how your opinion differs. I want this little corner of the internet to be a great place to share points of view with no judgement.
I don’t know about you but when I hear the phrase ‘mass shooting’, I automatically think of the USA. There are so many other countries in the world and I’m sure so many other countries that have mass shootings but the United States is the place in my mind with the strongest relation. With the tragic events in Vegas recently, gun control has been on my mind. I’ve read various articles over the past week on America and gun reform and whilst I can understand various points of view, there is only one obvious answer in my mind.
Let’s look at the facts…
(mass shooting refers to any event involving a firearm that results in death or injury to four or more people)
The UK prohibited the possession, purchase and recreational use of firearms in 1997. The last mass shooting in the UK was 2010. There has been one mass shooting since the firearm agreement.
Australia prohibited firearms in 1996. The last mass shooting in Australia was 1996. There has been been zero mass shootings since the firearm agreement.
The USA does not prohibit firearms. The last well documented mass shooting in the USA was 8 days ago but more less documented cases could have happened since. The Vegas shooting marked the 273rd mass shooting in the country in 2017 alone. This country has on average 30 gun crime deaths per day. The USA could learn a lot from these two countries and many other countries throughout the world. Whilst neither are perfect, their reality of gun crime is a lot better than the United States so why doesn’t the country take note and do something about it?
The majority of people possess firearms for sport or protection. As a sport, I believe they should be used in a controlled environment like a shooting range and each participant requires a license. No one complains about needing a PADI certificate for diving so it shouldn’t be a big deal to obtain a license for another activity. Firearms could be confined to this facility, being checked in and out when used and under no circumstances be removed from the premises and taken home. For protection, I can totally understand that but I just don’t see the point. Individuals who want to protect themselves and their family by having a gun in their home are usually responsible enough to lock it away. If something did happen in your home, chances are, you wouldn’t have time to access it anyway. Plus with families, accidents can happen. Fair enough it could be locked away from children but what about when they get older and their curiosity peaks… what if they try to find a way into that locked box and then what could happen? They say curiosity killed the cat but it could also kill or injure another human being.
There is also the idea of forbidden fruit. People always want what they can’t have which could make possessing illegal guns a much more tempting idea. More crimes could be committed in an attempt to obtain them and more people could be interested in them as a result of them not being so easy to find. However, people who would be happy to commit other crimes to get one are definitely rotten eggs in my opinion anyway and deserve all they get. In Japan, guns are illegal but are available through application, psychiatric evaluation, written examinations and background checks. The idea is to make the process so long and complex, that people don’t bother. I think that is a fantastic idea.
Maybe I am not entitled to this opinion on America’s gun policy as I’m not a citizen of the US and I don’t know the American way of life. However, I am a citizen of the world and this stuff affects us all as one global unit. I don’t understand guns in any way shape or form. I don’t understand why anyone would want to have one, be near one or use one. Maybe that’s just the way I was brought up as guns have never been a factor even close to my life and have been prohibited in the UK without a license since I was 5 years old. All I know about guns is bad, I have never heard a positive story about a firearm. I believe that guns are just a recipe for disaster and should be completely banned. Sadly, I am aware that even if this happens, they will still exist and tragic events will still happen further down the line but prohibition will reduce the accessibility of them and frequency of attacks. Better to hinder than help in this situation.
What’s your opinion? Do you think guns should be banned, controlled or readily available? Let me know in the comments!
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