Day 257 Question 257:
What level of gun control is appropriate? Should guns for the “average citizen” be legal?
In the past 10 years (and many more before that) we have read about and have been exposed to stories of citizens going into movie theaters and shooting innocent people or walking into a classroom and murdering several classmates. We have heard of mothers shooting their innocent children and disgruntled employees shooting their current or former bosses. I cannot even image what statistic show when it comes to gun violence in this country alone…let alone in the entire world. With this being said, violence does not only come in one form. So, should the government step in and ban every average Joe or Tom, Dick and Harry from owning a gun. If not, then what should the regulations be?
The idea of violence being a necessary tool for self-protection is unfortunately a necessary evil in this country. It is the one thing that I hate about the world….the idea that so many people (general citizens, government officials and military personnel) need to carry a weapon for their day to day survival (which sometimes does not even protect them). Violence is one of those things in the world that I wish I could change but it is something that is bigger than me…way bigger than me. Many people believe in order to see results then violence is the only answer….it is a mentality that cannot be changed in many. It is one of those things that I must accept for society but would never accept for myself. So, should your average citizen be able to carry a gun? I believe yes but I do believe that individuals are able to obtain weapons far too easily in this country. I realize that if someone wants a gun they will get it…even if it means purchasing it illegally or stealing it. No matter what laws and regulations the government makes about gun control, the people are going to find a way to get guns. Just like sex education and the value of nutrition and fitness, I believe violence and gun/weapon control should be something that the masses should be educated on. Not everyone will listen but the tools should at least be provided and with gun control, I believe the people need to hear the cold hard facts. The people need to hear the harsh details and descriptions about accidental shootings and cases of gruesome murders and the penalties that people are faced with. Of course there should be regulations with gun control but for the government to ban guns for the general public entirely, they are asking for many more problems and I truly believe they would see crime rates increase drastically. People do not like to have their choices taken from them. People feel belittled when they are treated like lesser of people because the government believes the people are not intelligent enough to use guns with caution and safety in mind. There will always be gun nuts out there and people that are going to resort to violence regardless of any laws or regulations. This does not mean that the entire population should have their rights (what I believe to be a right) taken away because of the poor choices of some. There is nothing that gets under my skin more than the blaming of a group for the mere actions of a few. We want our population to use common sense and to treat people with respect and kindness but when the government makes them do this or does not allow them to do that, then (in my opinion), we are telling the people they are not smart enough….not smart enough to make good decisions. This can certainly piss some people off…which in turn can lead to mass murder or shooting sprees or any other violence on a small or large scale.
I know I go on rants about the government controlling people. I also know I do not know the ins and outs of how the government works. Some people bark at me and tell me that we need government to keep the control and that things are how they are so I should just accept it and just shut up. I accept it but it doesn’t mean I have to like it. When the government makes all of these rules and laws for the people (yes, I realize some are necessary in this day and age) it says (at least to me): We do not trust you to make a good or well thought out decision on your own so we are going to make it for you. I realize that guns are extremely dangerous and I also realize that not every average Joe needs to be carrying one around but the people should have the right. There are (necessary) hoops to be jumped through in order to obtain a weapons license and more hoops for actually purchasing the weapon. I believe we just have to hope that people will make the right decisions when it comes to using a weapon. It is inevitable that some will not but that is nothing that can be controlled no matter how hard we try (by taking away their ability to buy a weapon)….criminals will find a way to buy a gun or any weapon if they have a mission in mind and if it’s not a gun it will be some other form of weapon.