Gun control has become one of the most talked about and controversial subjects in our nation today. I’d like to start off by saying that whether one is for or against the idea of gun control, the stating of an opinion without adequate knowledge on the subject is a waste of time and only adds to the pool of misinformation. It is becoming such a nuisance to watch the people of this country take fundamental issues and hastily attach their own personal misguided opinions to turn the argument into a matter of social affairs.
Gun control does not mean that a corrupt government with a hidden agenda is trying to take away our constitutional right to bear arms. Gun control is an attempt to improve the flawed system in place that allows easy acquirement of certain types of weapons for which there is no logical use in a common household. I’m sorry, but no one can give a truly valid reason for why an AR-15 assault rifle is a necessity. This is not Obama’s way of taking over the country to become a powerful dictator. This is a way of controlling the variables that allow for tragic events such as Newtown, Conn., and Aurora, Colo., to occur. Any sensible individual could deduce that the complete ban of all legally owned firearms is not the answer. That is not what this is about. Stop letting yourselves be fooled into thinking so.
We’ve all heard the phrase: “Guns don’t kill people. People with guns kill people.” While this is somewhat true, it is similar to saying “Alcohol doesn’t kill people. Drinking alcohol kills people.” Catch my drift? There are dangerous things in life, and certain precautions must be set in place in order to preserve the general safety of a society. Guns should be viewed as objects that demand the utmost respect and responsibility. If one is unable to demonstrate both of these attributes when owning a firearm, then they probably should not be permitted to do so. However, there is much more involved in the big problem besides just the ownership and handling of guns.
The overabundance of guns and gun-related violence in our media for example, is a huge contributing issue that gets overlooked more often than not. People are quick to blame gun companies and gun owners as the root of the ever-growing issues. Yet, somehow the thousands of violent video games, television shows and movies are exempt. When the majority of the channels on a television have at least one show or movie involving guns and the lethal use of them, it is no wonder why imbalanced individuals get these terrible ideas in their minds.
I can’t remember a single movie with Denzel Washington or Jason Statham in which neither of them holds a gun at least once. My point is that our own media has turned the idea of guns into such a prevalent and normative occurrence. There hasn’t been nearly enough emphasis to the same audiences of the extreme dangers guns bring.
At the rate things are going, if left unchecked, how many more public shootings will occur? Expect to see some serious action taken by the government in these next few months. Also, when you hear about it directly from someone else, do yourself a favor and do a little research before you pair your opinions with theirs.