U.S. Gun Control Laws... Yes or No?
In the mourning of yet another school shooting in America raises the question of gun control laws and are they needed in the United States. For those whom may not know, yesterday at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, a gunman whom has been identified as Chris Harper Mercer. He walked onto campus heavily armed with intentions on killing innocent individuals. As reported by CNN, 10 victims were killed and 13 have been injured. CNN also states from witnesses during the time that Mercer's motive is not quite clear, he did target Christians in specific.
"The gunman, while reloading his handgun, ordered the students to stand up and asked if they were Christians, Boylan told her family.
"And they would stand up and he said, 'Good, because you're a Christian, you're going to see God in just about one second,'" Boylan's father, Stacy, told CNN, relaying her account."
With visible frustration President Obama addressed the situation during a White House response. Obama expressed strong opinions in which many U.S. citizens want to say.
"Somehow this has become routine. The reporting is routine. My response here at this podium ends up being routine. The conversation in the aftermath of it. We've become numb to this." - President Barack Obama
Will this finally be the example that the country needs in opposing gun legislation? I hate to say this, but I don't see it happening anytime soon. While I do stand by creating some form of gun legislation to where individuals who purposefully intend on innocent individuals... we may be too late. There is no clear way to depict a law-abiding (license holding) gun citizen, from a murder.
As a country, we are a bit late on regulating access to guns in general. Everyone who wants to have a gun for protection, hunting, or criminal activity most likely already posses at least one. Gun regulation may be the solution to preventing the mass shootings that we have... but it will take time. The U.S. will not reach the low statistics of gun violence like other countries such as Norway, United Kingdom, and Japan overnight. This is a topic that needs to be discussed on a daily basis, not only the day it happens and for a week after the heinous situations occur.
The excuse that many right-wing politicians and individuals say "Guns don't kill people, people kill people, and that is why we do not need gun legislation laws" is completely false. Logically speaking, any person who owns a firearm (legally or illegally) no matter what their particular reason for having one is (including regulated purposeful use, personal protection, or for criminal intent) have the power to kill people at any moment.
I suggest the U.S. government take notes and a few pages from the playbooks of other government systems worldwide. That is if preventing these mass shootings as much as possible in the future really hold importance to them and the safety of U.S. citizens.